Jim Guthrie Joins Board of Directors at Mitchell International
- Press Release
San Diego, Calif. -- October 9, 2006 -- Mitchell International, a leading
provider of information, workflow, and performance management solutions
to the automotive insurance claims and collision repair industries, today
announced the addition of Mr. Jim Guthrie to its Board of Directors.
"We're very pleased that Jim accepted the Board's invitation to become
a member," said James D. Lindner, Chairman of the Board & Chief
Executive Officer at Mitchell. "Jim Guthrie is extremely well versed
in the collision repair industry and in business-management practices
and technologies for collision shops; his expertise will be invaluable
in helping us to better understand our clients' needs, and how best to
address those needs in our software solutions."
Mr. Guthrie came to the attention of Mitchell through his instrumental
role in the development of the Collision Industry Management System (CIMS),
a web-based shop-management system that increases shop productivity and
profitability by using technology to create a disciplined, performance-oriented
culture as well as to automate specific tasks. The CIMS technology was
acquired by Mitchell in October of 2005, and forms the core of Mitchell
ABS® Enterprise, for high-performing and multi-location collision-repair
Mr. Guthrie's work developing shop management solutions leverages his
twenty-five years spent owning and operating Car Crafters Collision Center
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His extensive knowledge of traditional and
evolving collision repair marketplaces and practices and passion for fostering
shop success through technology and best-practices-such as continuous
measurement in real-time, paperless processes, and increasing production
efficiencies-has made Mr. Guthrie a respected consultant in the shop industry.
Mr. Guthrie has also distinguished himself in Indy car racing, being named
1997's "Rookie of the Year" by the Indianapolis Racing League,
after winning the Phoenix race of that same year and leading four other
races. The philosophical discipline Jim used to master auto-racing is
the same he uses to drive the continuous improvement of his business practices
and process. "That which is measured shall improve." It is a
Mantra that has served Jim well on and off the track.
"Steady growth and savvy acquisitions have brought Mitchell International
the financial stability, technical expertise, and organizational momentum
to take advantage of a rich field of opportunities," Guthrie remarks.
"Mitchell is well-positioned to grow, which is the kind of company
everyone wants to be a part of, and to help drive an even more successful
Guthrie also serves on the IT committee of the Collision Industry Conference.
About Mitchell International
Mitchell International is a leading provider of information and workflow
solutions to the automotive insurance claims industry, serving carriers,
collision repair facilities, and other commercial participants in the
physical damage and auto-related medical claims processes. Mitchell facilitates
millions of electronic transactions between more than 16,000 business
partners each month to enhance their productivity, profitability, and
customer satisfaction levels. For more information on Mitchell International,
visit our website at www.mitchell.com.