McLean, Va., - April 7, 2011 – GEICO’s auto damage training center in McLean, Va., was recently recognized by I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair for achieving its I-CAR® Gold Class Professionals™ designation. The I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation identifies collision repair industry facilities that are committed to providing the highest-level of training necessary to keep its team up-to-date on the most current vehicle technology and repair procedures.
I-CAR is a not-for-profit organization that provides continuing education programs to collision repair facilities. In order to achieve the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation, collision repair and training facilities need to meet certain criteria. At GEICO, every auto damage instructor at the training center completed rigorous courses and exercises for the entire center to qualify.
"The I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation is something that’s very important to us," said William DeGrocco, GEICO’s assistant vice president of auto damage claims. "This ensures that each GEICO associate trained in our training center receives training from an I-CAR trained instructor who is up-to-date on the most current vehicle technology and repair procedures. We are extremely proud of GEICO’s instructors."
GEICO adjusters from across the United States train at the McLean facility. "By achieving this designation,' said Tim Hession, director of auto damage training, "not only will the training center be kept informed of the industry’s best practices, but the knowledge learned will be passed along to each of our adjusters, as well. Our goal is to provide the best service to our customers and achieving the I-CAR Gold Class Professionals designation proves that we have a dedicated team of auto damage trainers. Serving our customers is our top priority and I-CAR helps us in achieving that mission," he noted.
John Van Alstyne, I-CAR president and CEO said, "I-CAR congratulates GEICO on earning its I-CAR® Gold Class Professionals" designation and welcomes it into I-CAR’s expanding network of I-CAR Gold Class Professionals businesses," Van Alstyne continued, "GEICO’s commitment to training on today’s ever-changing vehicle technology will continue to provide its auto damage trainers with the knowledge needed to deliver a positive customer experience and ultimately, a safe and complete repair for its customers."
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 18 million vehicles (auto & cycle).
GEICO's online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
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