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Former Caliber CEO, industry consultant Ohrnstein passes away

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 06:44
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Matthew Ohrnstein, managing director of Symphony Advisors, LLC and former chairman and CEO of Caliber Collision Centers, has died. He was 57.

Ohrnstein founded Symphony Advisors, a management consulting firm focused on delivering strategic, operational and financial advisory services to the aftermarket parts and services supply chain and to insurance claim organizations.

Ohrnstein’s wife, Marcy Tieger, is also well-known in the collision industry, serving as the managing director of Symphony Advisors and an attorney with experience in insurance, labor and employment and business litigation. Tieger is a founding member of the Women's Industry Network (WIN) and currently serves on the WIN board. She is also a trustee and officer of the Collision Industry Foundation and a member of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), Insurance Relations Committee. She is a contributor to ABRN.

Before founding Symphony Advisors, Ohrnstein was CEO of Caliber Collision Centers from its founding in 1997 through 2004. Prior to Caliber, he held chief executive and chief financial officer positions with information and software firms focused on the automobile insurance industry. He led development and financing of the company from The Zurich Group, Oak Hill Partners, The Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club of Southern California, BNY Capital Partners, L.P., and 1818 Mezzanine Fund, L.P. (Brown Brothers Harriman).

Ohrnstein was instrumental in helping to organize the Multi-Shop Operator (MSO) Symposium, held for the first time during Automotive Service & Repair Week 2011 in Orlando. The third-annual event will be help this year during NACE in Las Vegas.

Ohrnstein began his career in 1977 with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (predecessor to KPMG). In 1980, he joined Insureco Incorporated as vice president and corporate controller of this insurance and information processing holding company. Beginning in 1983, Ohrnstein served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of CAIR Systems Corporation, a leading information systems and services provider to property and casualty insurance agents and brokers. In 1991, Ohrnstein joined Specialty Insurance Service as president and CEO. Specialty Insurance Service, now a subsidiary of NYSE traded Fiserv, is a leading information systems and service provider to property and casualty insurance companies.

Ohrnstein held an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He was a Certified Public Accountant.

The funeral service will take place Monday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at University Synagogue, 3400 Michaelson Drive in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit

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