ServNet Auctions Cited for Performance, Service, Leadership
ServNet auctions continue their tradition of superior performance, receiving accolades from the remarketing community for exemplary service and industry leadership. In assessing auction results for 2018, national remarketers have recognized ServNet auctions in both national and regional standings, with scores based on operations, customer service and retentions.
"Industry honors are part of a tradition of excellence that has characterized ServNet auctions for decades," said Eric Autenrieth, ServNet’s President. "ServNet auctions have continually set a high standard for industry leadership, performance and service, providing consistent, outstanding results for their customers."
ServNet Partners with Flexco and The Hourglass Foundation to Support Scholarship Foundation
ServNet Auctions have joined with remarketing partner Flexco Fleet Services in support of The Hourglass Foundation. ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth explains that the group's efforts will center on raising funds for the foundation's scholarship program, which benefits students pursuing their education in mechanical fields at community colleges and technical schools.
Autenrieth reports that ServNet's participation will be two-fold. ServNet auction locations across the U.S. will make cash donations to the scholarship program for every Flexco vehicle sold at auction. In addition, representatives from the local auctions will reach out to area high schools, two-year colleges and trade schools in their communities to make students aware of the scholarship program along with opportunities for workplace experience at the auction.
The Hourglass Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Hourglass Management and its portfolio companies, which includes Flexco Fleet Services. Hourglass Management is headed by Chairman Ron Shoemaker.
Carolina A/A Raises $113,000 For Cancer Research
Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) hosted a 3-day charity event in May, raising $113,000 for the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. This year marked the auction's 2nd Annual Legacy Dinner and VIP Charity Auction and the 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The auction also hosted a big car sale to round off the 3-day event, running 1500 units and donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity.
On Monday, May 20th a special Legacy dinner and VIP auction kicked off the festivities, along with special guest speaker Inky Johnson. CAA sold tickets to the dinner and auction where 75 items were auctioned off in both a live and silent auction format. Some of the prizes included multiple 2018 National Championship items from Clemson's #1 football team; a Virginia Cavaliers team signed basketball from this year's national title team; an African Safari; an overnight bird hunt with dinner and drinks at one of the region's top trophy rooms; an NFL MVP helmet signed by almost all of the Super Bowl MVPs in history; a Carolina Panthers' tailgate package with six tickets to see the defending NFC Champion LA Rams; many autographed items from LeBron James, Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, and more.
Of note, there were five NAAA Hall of Famers at the Legacy Dinner, including auction owners Patty and Henry Stanley, Bob McConkey, Tom Adams and Tim West.
Tuesday, May 21st continued with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson, with both 8am and 2pm tee times. A special mascot challenge was held at lunch time with everyone attending receiving a steak sandwich lunch. The auction also had unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated in the golf's raffle for charity.
In conjunction with the tournament, Carolina Auto Auction held a 3rd charity raffle that ran several weeks with more highly valued items available to win. The auction also ran 1500 units for the sale on May 22nd. This is the 3rd year in a row that Carolina Auto Auction has raised at least $100,000 for melanoma research at the Atlanta-based cancer research center where CAA's founder, Henry Stanley, received cancer treatment a few years ago.
DAA/OKC Mourns Passing of Mike Egdahl
It is with deepest regret that Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma (DAA/OKC) announces the passing of Michael Dane Egdahl, on May 12, 2019. A long-time and devoted member of the DAA/OKC auction management team, Mike had served for many years as the auction's Fleet/Lease Manager.
Mike was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1945. After moving with his family to Junction City, Kansas, he graduated from Junction City High School in 1963. Shortly thereafter, he joined the US Navy where he spent four years on aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt as a machinist's mate and fireman. Following his service in the Navy, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked as a firefighter.
In the early 1970's, Mike left the fire department to begin a 40-year career in the auto auction industry. Initially, he went to work for his cousin, Gary Smith, at a new car dealership in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He followed Smith to an auto auction in Dallas, where he worked from 1979 until 1990, first working for Gary, then for Anglo America Auctions which purchased the facility, and then as a sub-contractor running the auction's reconditioning center. In 1990, Mike once again joined Gary in the auction business, moving to Oklahoma City as the Lot Manager at DAA/OKC. In 1992 he was appointed the auto auction's Fleet/Lease Manager, a position he held for 27 years.
"Mike will be deeply missed by all of us who were privileged to know and work with him,” said Gary Smith, owner of DAA/OKC. "His many years of leadership and devotion to DAA/OKC has helped shape our business, and affected all of us, both members of his literal family and his extended auction family. Mike's example was always one to follow, and his influence will continue to be felt by all who knew him, both personally and professionally.”
Egdahl is survived by his wife, Debbie, two children, two step children and five grandchildren.
Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Invests in its Employees.
Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce two more employees have entered Auction Academy, and are joining other colleagues in the auction industry as part of the the 6th Class Group.
Business Manager Katie Alombro and E-Commerce Manager Andy Poteet have started the two-year journey to expand their auction knowledge. They follow in the footsteps of Auction Manager Matt Alombro and General Sales Manager Jacob Warren in gaining this accord. Katie Alombro is excited to gain a better understanding of the auction industry as whole. Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is thrilled to see what these two can bring back to their auction and how they can improve their own departments and processes.
Independently owned and operated, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is located in Hammond, Louisiana. Led by Managing Partner, John Poteet, the team of auction professionals serves the entire Gulf Coast Region and a national online buying base. Dealers gather every Tuesday at 8:45am in six lanes and online to bid on a consignment of 550+ vehicles, including vehicles from ARI, AVIS Budget Group, United Auto Credit Corporation, PAR North America, Hancock Bank, First Investors Financial Services, Prestige Financial, and a wide variety of dealer trades
Akron Auto Auction Names New General Manager
Akron Auto Auction (AAA) ownership has announced two new key role changes within the organization. Former Controller of Operations, Tricia Short, will assume a new full time position as General Manager. Along with this change, Akron Auto Auction has also announced the Controller position will be filled internally by 20+ year Akron Auto Auction employee Julie "Chrissy" Grabill.
Tricia brings an enormous amount of experience and expertise to her new position, having been with Akron Auto Auction for over 20 years. Tricia has worked in various roles and departments since joining the company in 1996, including Registration, Floorplan and Office Managerial duties. Her understanding of each aspect of the organization and its operations is unparalleled.
"Tricia Short’s elevation to General Manager just reiterates the American Dream. From starting as a part-time employee working in Registration to now managing the day-to-day activities is truly the full circle," said Chad Bailey, Akron Auto Auction President.
As Controller and part-owner of Akron Auto Auction, Tricia’s dedication to innovate and grow the auction, coupled with her ability to build strong customer and employee relationships, has made Akron Auto Auction the success it is today.
"Her passion and drive to continually grow the Akron Auto Auction is not only exciting but inspiring to anyone working anywhere. If her ascension to GM doesn’t inspire you that hard work, dedication and commitment can pay off…nothing will," continued Bailey.
The change will allow Tricia to take assume more oversight responsibilities and an ownership type role.
Taking over for Tricia as the new Controller of Operations is Chrissy Grabill. Grabill has been a vital member of AAA since 1997 and has worked in the Floorplan department for the past 15 years. With over 22 years of auction experience and knowledge, the fit could not have been better or more well deserved.
"I am very excited to pass the torch to Chrissy," Says Tricia Short. "She has been such an asset to this company and this new position is one in which she will excel beyond measure."
Greenville Auto Auction Holds Dealer Appreciate Sale in June
Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) welcomed the month of June with an exciting Dealer Appreciation Sale. During this sale, the auction rolled out the red carpet to show their appreciation to their customers. The auction also provided free t-shirts and lunch to every dealer who attended the sale. GAA ran units in the newly renovated Lane D for the first time and provided a Spin the Wheel promotion in that lane. For every vehicle purchased in Lane D, the buyer spun the wheel and won a gift card.
The auction is also finishing up its 10-to-Win and 12-to-Win promotions this month. Any dealer in the lane purchasing ten or more vehicles from BB&T/RAC from April 1 through the end of June receives an RTIC cooler. For GAA's online customers, the promotion is called 12-to-Win. Any online dealer purchasing twelve or more vehicles during the 3-month period also wins an RTIC cooler.
Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans an Event-Packed Summer
Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is ready to celebrate the warm summer weather, beginning with its 5th Annual Hawaiian Sale on June 12th. The day included a pig roast in the lanes and a Hula Hoop Contest at the end of the sale, with the winner taking home $100.
But the fun this summer at GRAA is not stopping there. TheGRAA'Lapalooza 45th Anniversary Sale is a two-event that is not to be missed. GRAA is planning its largest sale of the year on July 16th and 17th, with over 1,200 vehicles running through the lanes and $20,000 in giveaways.
The event kicks off Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00 P.M. with 250+ vehicles running. After the sale the Screaming Cucumbers will perform at 6:00 P.M. while guests can enjoy dinner and drinks. The fun starts back up at 8:45 A.M. on Wednesday, July 17th at the Main Event, which will feature Credit Acceptance/ VRS, Avis Budget Group, and many more..
"We are very excited for this year's GRAALAPALOOZA 45th Anniversary Sale. It will be historical for GRAA, as it is our first 2-day sale event in company history," says General Manager, Chad Anderson. "It will be a great time to celebrate 45 years of business with our customers and our employees!"
For more information please call 800-830-4722 or visit www.graa.net.