Rick Keister, former CEO of Keystone Automotive Industries, has joined Collision Diagnostic Services’ (CDS) board of directors and has become financial partner in the company. Keister will help guide the company as it expands its remote diagnostic solutions and services to the collision industry.
During his time at Keystone, Keister is credited with making major improvements in the quality of aftermarket and remanufactured parts. Prior to joining Keystone, he served as president of Delco Remy International’s Aftermarket Group, having joined the company in 1997 following Delco Remy’s acquisition of World Wide Automotive. Keister was the founder of World Wide Automotive, serving as president and CEO of the start-up venture, which began in 1976.
Keister currently serves on the board of Uni-Select Inc., owners of FinishMaster, as well as other company boards involving anti-counterfeiting, financial and hotel services. Keister holds a Master Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM program and served in the United States Air Force.
“Rick’s extensive experience in the auto industry combined with his ability to champion significant strategic initiatives will be a huge addition to the company,” said Doug Kelly, CEO of CDS.
Keister said that his decision to invest in and join the board “was influenced by Copart and Kinderhook Industries’ ability to assemble a winning team and their substantial commitments to the company’s success. I have been tracking the company’s progress and truly believe we have something important to offer the collision industry.”