HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has announced that William “Bill” Stage has been appointed to fill the newly created position of director of marketing and distribution. Stage will report to John Edelen, president and chief executive officer of I-CAR.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Stage comes to I-CAR with more than 20 years of experience in the collision inter-industry and is no stranger to the I-CAR organization having previously served as director of field operations, marketing and product development for I-CAR from 1990-1994. Since 2006, he has served on the I-CAR International Board of Directors, most recently serving as secretary. He also served as chairman of the I-CAR International Advisory Committee, a committee comprised of volunteers who provide an advisory role to the organization. “Along with his extensive industry experience, Bill brings a broad collision inter-industry marketing and distribution experience to the I-CAR organization,” said Edelen. “Bill’s proven leadership and experience will benefit I-CAR, its volunteers and ultimately the inter-industry.” Edelen continues, “This experience, both inside and outside the I-CAR organization, will be of particular value as I‑CAR implements the recently announced Professional Development Matrix to better improve the value of I-CAR training. Bill’s drive and commitment to the organization will help us deliver on the I-CAR vision that every person in the collision industry, current and future, has the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to their position to achieve a complete and safe repair.”Advertisement Stage added, “I am very excited to join I-CAR at this time to assist in implementing the new programs developed under John Edelen’s leadership. The I-CAR staff and volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals committed to improving the industry and I am proud to be a part of the team!” In addition to his previous experience with I-CAR, Stage most recently served as manager, network support services for Akzo Nobel Coatings, a position he held since 2007. From 1994 to 2006, Stage was vice president and director of field services for Mitchell International. Stage also owns SSR Collision Center in Alpharetta, Ga. Stage has both a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.