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CARSTAR expands business development team

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Nov. 29, 2011—CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts on Tuesday announced it expanded the company’s business development team to manage a national growth initiative in the U.S.

The business development team, which includes three new leaders in the automotive franchise industry, will serve as business consultants to the country’s independent shop owners. The team will help owners evaluate their businesses and determine how the CARSTAR business model can benefit their operations.

CARSTAR said independent body shop owners are looking for the management resources, operating efficiencies, technological support and purchasing power they need in order to meet the needs of their customers and insurance partners as the auto body repair industry changes.

The three new individuals appointed to CARSTAR’s business development team include:

• Ryan Keller, assistant vice president of franchise development for CARSTAR. Keller will be responsible for managing CARSTAR’s growth initiatives, enhancing the franchise sales process and overseeing independent store transitions into the CARSTAR network.                                                                                                                                            • Mark Behrens, director of network development—California for CARSTAR. Behrens will focus on expansion of the CARSTAR brand into California and adding new franchise partners to existing CARSTAR markets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Keith McCrone, director of network development—Northeast for CARSTAR. McCrone will focus on strengthening the CARSTAR network in current and new markets.

Dave Blackwell, director of network development—South, Southeast and Midwest for CARSTAR, and Lloyd Taylor, director of network development—Northwest and Central for CARSTAR, are also on the business development team.

“We are excited to bring the resources of this expanded business development team to the independent auto body shop owners around the country,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR. “The knowledge they have of the collision industry, their experience as franchisees and business entrepreneurs, and their expertise in guiding independent shop owners through the process of joining the nation’s largest auto body repair MSO all will be incredibly powerful in building the CARSTAR brand across North America.”

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