Operating Committee

Our Team

  • Wayne Smolda
    CEO & President

    Mr. Smolda founded CEI in 1983 and is a pioneer of the accident and fleet driver management industry. An acknowledged leader in the fleet services business, he was named to the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010. From 1998 through 2006, Mr. Smolda was a member of the Board of Directors of Providence Washington Insurance Company and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Arbitration Forums, Inc.

  • Bill Lawrence
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Lawrence has been CEI’s chief investment officer since he joined the company in 1998. He came to CEI after 23 years at SPS Technologies, where he had been corporate director of information technology, manager of manufacturing, corporate manager of manufacturing control systems, and controller of the firm’s aerospace division.

  • Claudia Smolda
    Corporate Leader & Chief of Staff

    Mrs. Smolda is one of CEI's founding partners and established and has long headed the firm's Human Resources Department. Named to her current position as Chief of Staff in 2016, she assists CEI's senior executives in leveraging the company's human capital base. She’s responsible for the family culture at CEI that has earned the company numerous awards and recognition as a top workplace with one of the industry’s most highly engaged employee work force - As measured by Gallup.

  • Steve Enoch
    Chief Information Officer

    A career information technology professional and a 14-year CEI veteran, Mr. Enoch has been instrumental in structuring and managing a host of IT resources essential to CEI’s industry leadership. They range from in-house programming of automated claims handling and reporting solutions to data security and uninterrupted customer access to user-friendly interfaces.

  • Bob Glose
    Sr. VP, Operations & Enterprise Resources

    Mr. Glose heads CEI’s daily accident management operations, including repair, loss recovery, and salvage services. A 13-year CEI veteran, Mr. Glose previously served as manager of the company’s data network and infrastructure and as manager of client services before assuming his current position.

  • Kathy Latzko, SHRM-SCP
    Sr. Director, Human Resources

    Mrs. Latzko joined CEI in 1986 and has been in key management positions in its Human Resources department since 1993. Her career has been dedicated to developing the company’s employee growth while maintaining its award-winning culture. She is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies to enable CEI to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. Mrs. Latzko is a member of SHRM.

  • Brian Kinniry
    Sr. Director, Strategic Services

    Responsible for leading the company’s innovation and technology integration initiatives for driver safety programs, Mr. Kinniry is a 10-year veteran with CEI, and he previously served as a strategic account services team leader and manager of risk and safety solutions.

  • Ken Latzko
    Sr. Director, Sales

    Mr. Latzko leads CEI’s sales, marketing, and sales support teams. He joined CEI in 2004 and served in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in operations, sales support, and sales before being named to his present position. His experience includes operations troubleshooting and customer service for large accounts in the U.S. and Europe, strategic planning, and directing CEI’s growth in all fleet markets.

  • Chris Villella
    Sr. Director, Account Management

    Mr. Villella is responsible for account activities for all of CEI’s truck, government, and insurance clients and for selected fleet leasing company relationships. He joined CEI in 1989 as a subrogation specialist and advanced to senior manager in loss recovery and insurance services in 2005, a position he held until being named to his current position in 2015.

  • John Wolford
    Sr. Director, Client & Vendor Services

    A 27-year veteran of CEI, Mr. Wolford is responsible for overall management of day to day relationships with CEI’s clients and provider network. In addition to the company’s Client Services Department, he oversees the Provider Network, Quality Control, Loss Recovery and Vehicle Remarketing departments.