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Marcy Tieger, Managing Director

Marcy TiegerMarcy began her professional career as an insurance claim representative. While working in insurance, she attended law school, graduating in 1987. She became a member of the State Bar of California that same year. Marcy was founding partner of Tieger and Bumiller, a boutique law firm focused on insurance matters. She later merged her business with the firm Berger Kahn, where she specialized in insurance, labor and employment, and business law. She also served as an adjunct professor at Western State University, College of Law.

A frequent speaker, Marcy has provided training and presented to the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), the Women’s Industry Network (WIN), AkzoNobel, Sherwin Williams, CARSTAR Canada, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Mitchell International, among others. She and Matthew Ohrnstein produced the NACE MSO Symposium in 2011 and 2012.

Marcy has contributed articles to Collision Week, Autobody Repair News (ABRN), Auto Inc., Fender Bender, Body Shop Business, Hammer and Dolly, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Daily Journal, the Chicago Daily Bulletin, Claims Magazine, California Lawyer and Verdict Magazine on a variety of topics including, strategic planning in a dynamic marketplace, the profile of successful leaders, business ethics, buying and selling businesses, and workplace diversity.

Marcy was a producer and moderator of the Collision Repair Executive Webcast (CREW) from 2006 to 2015. She is a founding board member of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) and has served as a trustee of the Collision Industry Foundation. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of I-CAR, serving on the Strategic Planning and Human Resources and Compensation Committees, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, Orange County. She is also a member of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), Insurer-Repairer Relations Committee and WIN. Marcy is a recipient of the Most Influential Woman Award and the WIN Cornerstone Award.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Juris Doctor from Western State University, College of Law. She is also a member of the California Bar.

Matthew Ohrnstein, Founder

Matthew Ohrnstein1955-2013

Matthew Ohrnstein was born on September 21, 1955 in Manhattan, New York. He spent his childhood and teen years with his parents Bea and Henry and his sister, Marjorie, in the Wilkes- Barre/Scranton area of Pennsylvania. Matthew attended Penn State, receiving a degree in accounting. After college, Matthew moved to California, where he was followed by many of his childhood friends, his parents and his sister. He later attended Pepperdine University, where he received his MBA.

Matthew founded Symphony Advisors in 2004, and was soon thereafter joined by Marcy, as his business partner. Together, they traveled all over the U.S. and Canada working with clients who often became friends. Prior to starting Symphony Advisors, he served as Chairman and CEO of Caliber Collision Centers, where he led strategic and financing initiatives from the company’s founding in 1997 through October 2004. Over the course of Matthew’s tenure with Caliber, the company acquired or developed 68 collision centers with annual revenues exceeding $200 million. Prior to Caliber, Matthew served as a CFO and CEO of automotive and insurance-related technology companies.

He savored great wine, the outdoors and the company of his family. He was an “amazing” proud father to his four children — Jessica, Mike, Steven and Rose, and a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Marcy. To friends, he was a good listener and a quick wit. To clients and the industry, he was a visionary, a man of boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm. To all of us, Matthew was a man of quiet grace, patience, kindness, integrity and good humor.

Matthew died suddenly on April 30, 2013 at the age of 57.