ServNet has announced the appointment of industry veterans John Brasher and Robert Sullivan to head ServNet's executive team. ServNet's president, Eric Autenrieth, reports that they assume leadership of the auction group on January 1 of 2020. Brasher has been named Executive Director, while Sullivan will serve as Administrative Director. "We are delighted to welcome two individuals of such caliber and standing in the auction industry to ServNet's executive team," said Autenrieth. "Both John and Bob have years of experience in the industry and are champions of the independent auction. Both former owners of ServNet auctions themselves, they bring unique and valuable perspectives to their new leadership positions."
Their experience as auction owners and their knowledge of the industry prepared both Brasher and Sullivan for their new roles with ServNet, agrees Bruce Beam, ServNet's president-elect, who will take the reigns as president in October. He explains that the pair's appointment follows ServNet's decision to move to an executive director system following Pierre Pons' announcement that he would step down at the end of 2019 as the group's CEO, a post he has held since 2007. His firm, TPC Management has concurrently provided administrative management services to the ServNet group of auctions.
"We have great admiration for Pierre and the TPC Team, and are grateful for his dedication to our group for these past 12 years. He has worked tirelessly to fortify ServNet as an organization and to strengthen ServNet's position in the industry," said Beam.
"Having been the steward of the ServNet Brand for the past 12 years, I am very pleased to pass the torch to two veteran former ServNet Auction operators," said Pons. "I really believe that no one can represent the organization better than someone that has owned and operated a ServNet auction location. John and Bob's industry credentials are unparalleled and I know they will continue to build and strengthen ServNet in this quickly changing industry. Our team in Franklin, Tennessee will be working diligently to ensure a smooth transition over the coming months."
As owner of the Brasher family of auctions before their acquisition by ADESA in 2016, Brasher had been actively involved in many of the initiatives sponsored by ServNet. Two Brasher auctions, as a matter of fact, were founding members of ServNet in 1988. Sullivan was managing partner of Chattanooga Auto Auction, which was an early member of ServNet as well. He served a two-year term as ServNet's President from 2004 to 2006, and has worked as a consultant for a number of ServNet auctions in recent years.
"We believe in the independent auction, and have the highest regard for the leadership role that ServNet has taken in the vehicle remarketing world," said Brasher. "ServNet auctions have always been among the innovators in the industry, and will continue to shape the nature of the auction business. It's exciting to work with Bob in our new capacity as ServNet's Executive Team, to encourage and support the rising generation of auction owners and to carry forward the work to keep ServNet auctions strategically relevant in a rapidly evolving industry."
Brasher notes that ServNet auctions were the first in the industry to develop Simulcast auction selling, initially via satellite feed and then through Online Ringman. ServNet auctions owners were instrumental in the development of Auction Pipeline, which was launched in 2006 and has since become an industry standard.
"This is a tremendous time for John and me to join again with ServNet and to be part of its forward momentum," said Sullivan. "As we focus on driving ServNet's operating capabilities and growth, we are equally inspired by the opportunities for ServNet to embrace the new tools and methods that are taking the auction experience to new levels: mobile technology, the virtual marketplace, digital channels, 360-degree imaging and data analytics. We look forward to a new chapter and an exciting future."
The ServNet Auction Group is a network of America's best strategically located independently-owned wholesale auto auctions. For over thirty years, 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.