Eric Autenrieth Takes Helm as President of ServNet

Following a planned transition in leadership for the ServNet auction group, Eric Autenrieth, General Manager of Carolina Auto Auction and Owner of Indiana Auto Auction, assumes the role of President for the next two years. Having previously served as ServNet’s Vice President and Treasurer, his move to President was confirmed by the ServNet auction owners at their semi-annual business meeting in October.  

“It is both a privilege and an honor serve as ServNet’s president,” said Autenrieth. “ServNet has become an important voice in the independent auction community and in the industry as a whole, and it is my pleasure to represent the ServNet auction owners as we set the agenda for the group for the years ahead.”  

Autenrieth continues his family’s legacy of industry leadership as he steps into his role as ServNet president. His mother, Patty Stanley, served as ServNet’s president in 2014-2015, and most recently completed a two-year term as ServNet’s chairman of the Board. Father Henry Stanley led the industry as NAAA president in 1999-2000. Both Patty and Henry are members of the NAAA Hall of Fame. 

“My parents set a tremendous example not only in their devotion to their own business, but in their service to the Auto Auction industry,” notes Autenrieth. “Their shoes are huge, and I can only imagine trying to fill them, but am grateful for all that I have learned from them over the years. It has been a blessing to be part of such a strong and dynamic family business in an industry that has been so good to so many, and I welcome the opportunity to do what I can to contribute to its growth."

Autenrieth joined the family business in 1997 working as an outside dealer representative at the then, seven-year-old Carolina Auto Auction. Through the next decade, he also worked as sales and marketing manager, fleet/lease manager and assistant general manager. When the family purchased Indiana Auto Auction in 2007, Autenrieth moved north to manage that facility until 2016, when he returned to Carolina Auto Auction as the facility’s general manager. 

"I look forward to working with some of the very best people in the auction industry who give tirelessly of their time and resources on behalf of our organization. Their efforts ensure the continued success of ServNet as a whole as well as of our individual auction members,” said Autenrieth in introducing the Board of Directors. 

As Autenrieth assumes duties as ServNet’s president, he is assisted by a leadership team of auction owners serving on the Board of Directors. He will continue to work closely with Kevin Brown, who moves to Chairman of the Board after completing a two-year term as President. 

"Kevin Brown’s experience is an invaluable asset to ServNet and I am grateful to continue my association with him on the Board of Directors. He guided our group with great skill through a time of change within our ranks and within the industry. ServNet is stronger and poised for a bright future thanks to his vision and leadership.” 

Autenrieth reports that three addition auction owners will continue their service on ServNet’s Board of Directors: Beth Barber (State Line Auto Auction), Steve Deluca (Auto Auction of New England), Ashley Dietze (San Antonio Auction). Like himself, the three are Next Generation auction owners who have followed their parents into the auction business. 

"I’ve enjoyed serving with Beth, Steve and Ashley and have appreciated their skills, insights and passion for our business,” said Autenrieth. “It’s an exciting process to be part of developing new leadership within our group and I look forward to working alongside them as we develop strategies for the year ahead." 

New to the Board for current term is Bruce Beam (Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City), who serves as the Vice President, and John Poteet (Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction), who is ServNet’s secretary/treasurer.

"I know that I speak for the entire group when I say how happy I am that Bruce Beam has accepted this post on the Board of Directors,” said Autenrieth. “He had previously served for many years as ServNet’s treasurer before leaving the auction business for a short period. He returns with tremendous insights gained from working on the dealer side of the auction business, which will benefit us all." 

"We are also thrilled to have John Poteet serving on the Board as ServNet’s secretary/treasurer,” said Autenrieth. “John is one of the brilliant minds in our industry, and is highly respected for his many years of experience and leadership. The success of his own facility speaks to his skill as a leader and a businessman, and we welcome the information and insight he brings to the table as we meet as ServNet’s board.” 

The ServNet Auction Group is a network of America's best strategically located independently-owned wholesale auto auctions. Since 1988, ServNet member auctions have been working together to provide a full range of remarketing services to its customers, including the best auctioneers, inspections, reconditioning, transportation assistance and inventory financing. The ServNet Auction Group is managed by TPC Management with headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee.

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