ST. LOUIS, December 18, 2019 – Dent Wizard International, the largest provider of automotive reconditioning services and vehicle protection products in North America, recently promoted Steve Carpenter to regional vice president of the Midwest Region. Carpenter most recently served as Dent Wizard’s vice president of operations. Carpenter will replace Dean Christian, who will be retiring from Dent Wizard in March 2020 after serving with the organization since 1996.
In his new role, Carpenter will be responsible for leading Dent Wizard’s operational teams and executing its strategic initiatives in the Midwest Region, which comprises the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. He will report to Dent Wizard COO Addison Thomas.
“Steve has long been a trusted, responsible, dedicated and committed member of the Dent Wizard family,” said Thomas. “Throughout all his tasks, Steve has remained a steadfast leader, mentor and valued teammate. We look to him to leverage his experience and existing relationships to build upon his future success.”
Mike Black, Dent Wizard’s president and CEO, added: “Steve brings a phenomenal skillset along with a work ethic that is second to none. His passion for our people and the customers we serve is what makes Dent Wizard successful every day. Steve’s ability to influence others and drive process for our organization is admirable. He is joining a hard-charging team of regional vice presidents that deliver results for our clients.”
Carpenter started with Dent Wizard 23 years ago, serving in many influential roles throughout the organization, including: World-Class Gold PDR technician; auction manager; director of regional operations; and, most recently, as vice president of operations. During his recent tenure Carpenter was responsible for managing some of Dent Wizard’s most important projects including: Operation Equip, Fleet, Keys, Procurement and Safety, Project Access, Project Recoup and RootStock. He also helped to support the company’s Manheim and CarMax relationships. Carpenter has a BS degree in Industrial and Environmental Health Management from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.
In announcing Dean Christian’s retirement, Thomas said “Dean is the standard by which new regional vice presidents have been trained and will continue to be an influential force in our company for years to come.”
About Dent Wizard
Dent Wizard International, established in 1983, is North America’s largest provider of automotive reconditioning services, as well as vehicle protection products under the Evolution brand. Services include paintless dent removal, minor body repair including bumpers, wheel restoration, interior repair, appraisal and catastrophe support, key origination and duplication, plus finance & insurance products. Dent Wizard serves the automotive industry’s leading companies through a diverse mix of customer channels: dealers, auctions, rental, finance & insurance and catastrophe/OEM, which includes auto body shops and insurance companies. Dent Wizard is transforming the automotive reconditioning and vehicle protection markets through its full-service solutions and unmatched scale and expertise. A clear value proposition, track record of expansion and growth, sophisticated scalable infrastructure, best-in-class technicians and entrepreneurial management team are reasons Dent Wizard is the leading North American platform. An affiliate of Gridiron Capital, a private equity investment firm, St. Louis-based Dent Wizard operates throughout North America. For more information visit www.dentwizard.com and www.evolutionvehicleprotection.com.