Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has changed the auto insurance landscape in his state with his appointment of new Insurance Commissioner Daniel Judson and three new members of the Auto Damage Appraiser Licensing Board (ADALB). The new ADALB appointees are Rick Starbard (Rick's Auto Collision, Revere), Bill Johnson (Pleasant Street Auto Body/Hampshire Towing, South Hadley) and Lyle Pare (Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation). They replace outgoing ADALB members Carl Garcia, TJ McClemens and David Krupa.
An attorney and resident of Beverly, Judson was named the new Insurance Commissioner last April. In addition to spending 15 years as an insurance regulator at the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, he has served as president of Commonwealth Auto Reinsurers (CAR).
Starbard's extensive history as an industry leader and advocate includes a 12-year stint on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Auto Body Association (MABA) and more than a decade on the Board of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Massachusetts (AASP/MA), including five years as president. Additionally, he served as president of AASP National, an organization of collision repair and automotive service professionals with over 10,000 members across the country. His activities also include participating on the joint operating committee for the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG; www.degweb.org), a free service created to help technicians address labor time issues with the industry's major Information Providers.
Starbard launched his business, Rick's Auto Collision, Inc. (originally Rick's Auto Body), in Revere, MA in 1983. In 1996, he accepted an offer to become a collision repair instructor at Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, serving in this capacity for the next 13 years while still operating his shop with his business partner, James LeBlanc. Currently, he serves as an elected member of the Lynn, MA School Committee.
A licensed appraiser for 27 years, Starbard is looking forward to an active and fruitful experience on the ADALB.
“We're fortunate that we have the Board, and we're fortunate that Governor Baker sees the value in it,” he says. “I also think he's made a great decision with the recent appointment of Insurance Commissioner Judson.”