November 2018 Newsletter

Chad Bailey Inaugurated as NAAA President

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Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction, was inaugurated as NAAA President in early November during the 2018 Conference in Arizona.  Among the past presidents of the NAAA are several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

As he spends the upcoming year at the helm of the NAAA, he will be joined by a number of ServNet auction owners, who serve in various capacities with the national association to nurture the health and growth of the industry, lending their expertise and voices to establish policy, explore solutions to common challenges, and consider the innovations that will benefit the wholesale buying and selling process.

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Bob McConkey Inducted into NAAA Hall of Fame

Bob McConkey has become the newest member of the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame. The president and chief executive officer of the McConkey Auction Group and Auction Edge board chairman was inducted at NAAA's 70th annual convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. Past NAAA President, former ServNet auction owner and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Dave Angelicchio made the presentation.

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NAAA has given the honor each year since 1968, recognizing individuals whose long-term service to the auto auction industry and NAAA has contributed improvements to remarketing as a whole, have worked with the trade organization to benefit its members and have consistently followed the high standards of the association's Code of Ethics. Also named to this year's NAAA Hall of Fame was Tom Cross, who has enjoyed a long and supportive relationship with McConkey and ServNet during a 33-year career dedicated to the automotive profession. McConkey acknowledged Cross's many years of service to the industry, noting his contributions as an innovator in transportation media that includes the past decade as president of Black Book.

McConkey, who grew up in the wholesale auto auction business, received the honor for his leadership roles in the industry as ServNet's chairman of the board and Western Auto Auction Association president, along with his many years of service on NAAA's board of directors and various committees. He served as NAAA president in 2009, during which time he championed the Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), and the establishment of a universal Electronic Condition Report, national Arbitration Policy, and Wholesale Certification Program.

Today McConkey oversees auto auctions in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle with combined auction sales of more than 100,000 units annually, and leads the executive team in the development of relevant future strategies. Regularly calling bids on the block, McConkey is considered to be one of the finest auctioneers of autos in the West.

McConkey began his remarketing career at South Seattle Auto Auction, co-founded in 1954 by his father Robert McConkey, Sr.. He learned how to drive at age nine and spent his summer vacations doing everything around the lot until heading off to Washington State University. Shortly after beginning his freshman year in the fall of 1980, McConkey's father and older brother needed him to leave the university and return home to help run the auction, which had fallen on hard times during the recession. Five years later the family sold the now revitalized business to General Electric Capital, the first auto auction acquired by that firm. GE retained McConkey, relocating the 25-year-old and his newlywed wife, Sandy, to Los Angeles where he was to be the general manager of Southern California Auto Auction. Within three years under McConkey's management, SCAA had doubled its size, becoming the world's largest volume auto auction, selling 108,000 units in 1988.

In 1992 McConkey and Greg Mahugh, McConkey's friend, work colleague and former middle school math tutor, moved their families north and founded Dealers Auto Auction of Spokane. Within four years the five-acre, two-lane auction in eastern Washington State had grown tremendously and relocated to a newly constructed facility. Its grand opening celebration included a concert featuring the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis and launched an annual affair that has become the auction's signature Rock & Roll Sale, one of the industry's leading promotional events.

Expanding from five lanes to eight and adding wholesale detail, mechanical, auto body and paint shops on site, the auction was rebranded as DAA Northwest to more accurately represent its extended geographic market. Motorsports and RV sales were later included.

McConkey continued to develop and innovate, utilizing digital to increase his customer base, pioneering the post-sale inspection process, and being one of the first auctions to provide condition reports. In 2006 DAA Northwest formed a strategic partnership with Idaho Auto Auction and Brasher's Auto Auctions that gave birth to what is now Auction Edge, a leading provider of auction management systems and online marketplaces for independent auctions.

In 2008 McConkey became a co-owner of Kansas City Independent Auto Auction and El Paso Independent Auto Auction in 2011 (which was sold in 2016). In 2013, he and Mahugh founded another auction location in the Pacific Northwest: DAA Seattle. These auctions now comprise The McConkey Group along with its flagship auction DAA Northwest, which today occupies 90 acres and averages weekly sales of 1,700 units.


State Line Auto Auction Recognizes 20-Year Employee

Friday, November 2nd marked another personal milestone for a member of the team at State Line Auto Auction. On that day, Scott Bostwick was honored as the auction celebrated his twentieth anniversary as a State Line Employee. Prior to the auction, Scott received his brass ship's clock which is traditionally presented to State Line's Twenty Year Club members. Noteworthy is the fact that Scott started in 1998 as a reconditioning technician, and he still performs very admirably in that position today. 

Jeff Barber, State Line's President, remarked: "In the many years we have been honoring twenty-year employees, Scott Bostwick stands out as reaching this milestone entirely as a reconditioning technician. Our reconditioning department is made up entirely of State Line employees, and I am confident in saying that our recon people have more experience in this vital department than those at any other auction of which I am aware."

 The Barber family (Jeff Barber, left; Emily Barber, second from right; and Paul Barber, right), congratulates Scott Bostwick on his 20th year with State Line Auto Auction.

The Barber family (Jeff Barber, left; Emily Barber, second from right; and Paul Barber, right), congratulates Scott Bostwick on his 20th year with State Line Auto Auction.

Barber continues: "State Line is the exception, rather than the rule, in that we have never sub-contracted our reconditioning.  It is because of the dedication of Scott and his team that we are able to perform this critical task with our own employees.  Our family feels that the advantages we gain by utilizing our own employees are immeasurable.  We look at our auction as a manufacturing facility, and what we manufacture is clean cars. One thing we know for certain: If we need someone to perform an important task, and have it done correctly, we can always go to the recon shop and get it handled."

 Scott Bostwick (front, center) with the Barber family and the first shift of State LIne Auto Auction's reconditioning team, of which Scott has been a part for the entirety of his 20-year career at the auction.

Scott Bostwick (front, center) with the Barber family and the first shift of State LIne Auto Auction's reconditioning team, of which Scott has been a part for the entirety of his 20-year career at the auction.

To put Scott's career in perspective, Barber calculates the number of vehicles he has helped to process during his tenure with the auction.  State Line operates in an assembly line fashion, with five lanes processing vehicles on the daytime shift.  In round numbers, one hundred clean cars are manufactured each day, at approximately twenty per line. Reconditioning technicians all perform other non-recon tasks on Friday, which is sale day. Therefore, Scott has been involved in the cleaning of 80 cars per week (four days) which amounts to 4,000 vehicles per year (fifty weeks). Twenty years at 4,000 cars per year means that Scott has been directly responsible for the cleaning of at least 80,000 vehicles!  As mentioned, Scott has performed other important tasks on sale day, currently serving as a lane captain. It is this versatility that allows State Line to operate at the high level of service for which it is known.

Barber continues: "Scott is the most senior member of our reconditioning team, but we have many others in that department with many years of service. Our family is extremely proud of the work they accomplish.  We were voted BEST RECON DEPARTMENT in an unsolicited nationwide survey a couple years ago, and our customers consistently compliment us on our finished product.  It is very hard work and we have the utmost respect for Scott as we congratulate him on this important 20-year milestone."


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction: A Driving Force in the Community

For the 9th year in a row, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction partnered with customers and vendors to host another successful charity golf tournament. This year, the venue of the long time tournament was changed to Oak Knoll Country Club in Hammond, Louisiana. The auction made this change to heavily involve the local Hammond community. For the first time all three beneficiaries of the tournament were based in Hammond.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Hammond, Options Inc., and Child Advocacy Services were the recipients of the fund-raising effort. Fifty two golfers teed off at 10:00am on Friday, October 26, 2018, in perfect fall weather. The tournament raised $24,000 that will be split between these three worthy causes.

Auction owner John Poteet was thrilled at the overwhelming success of this year's tournament.

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"The real reward is in knowing that our approach to business rings true to so many customers, employees, ven-dors and our peers," said Poteet. "Customers want to do business with us because of who we are. Employees want to work with us because we recognize that outstanding service truly does begin with outstanding people. Vendors appreciate us because we pay on time and try to include them in our processes. Finally, our peers recognize us because we are great examples to the industry of a quality driven, community centered, and successful business".

Poteet thanked all the event sponsors and participants, particularly, First Tennessee Bank, which has been the corporate sponsor for the past two golf tournaments and they have increased its sponsorship for 2019.

Lauren Reynolds, Community Outreach Director for Child Advocacy Services states, "Child Advocacy Services is proud to be chosen as a beneficiary for Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction's annual charity golf tour-nament this year. The tournament was a great success and we truly appreciated having the opportunity to share our work and mission, to give voice, healing, and security to children with the many people that were in attend-ance. Thank you to the Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction family for the generosity and support we've been shown over the years."

Options Inc.'s mission has stayed the same since 1973 "helping people with disabilities live and work in the community." Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is committed to helping them further their mission.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center of Hammond is easing the burden of treatment for patients in the local area.

Auction Marketing Coordinator, Rachael Younger says, "Our goal is to help our community thrive in every way possible." She notes that since its opening, the auction has raised and donated almost $640,000 to various chari-table organizations.


Akron Auto Auction Spreads Awareness in October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and, for the fourth consecutive year, Akron Auto Auction took part in raising awareness and funds to help fight back against the disease.

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Customers and employees joined together in the efforts by wearing pink clothing in the lanes and making donations during each sale of the month. Dealers made flat donations, or they request a percentage donation of all vehicles they bought or sold. T-shirts and other merchandise sporting an Akron Auto Auction Breast Cancer Awareness logo were also made available for purchase during the month.

Dealers also participated donating entire vehicles to run in the October 23rd Breast Cancer Awareness Sale. One hundred percent of those vehicles' purchase prices was donated to the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio. 
"Everyone knows at least one person who is affected by this form of cancer," said Kalee Robinson, Akron Auto Auction's Registration Manager. "Hopefully, efforts such as this can offer help and support to not only the patients, but to the affected families as well."

"We want to thank our dealers for joining us in this effort to spread awareness again this year," continued Robinson. "Each donation will make a difference and provide hope towards finding a cure."

Akron A/A was able to reach its 2018 fundraising goal by raising over $7,000, which will go towards cancer research and providing critical services to women and men in need, including transportation, housing, and emergency assistance.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Expands Mechanical Facility

 The new mechanical facility at Greater Rockford Auto Auction includes four new lifts, and will allow for more mechanical repairs and regular inspections to be made before and after the sale.

The new mechanical facility at Greater Rockford Auto Auction includes four new lifts, and will allow for more mechanical repairs and regular inspections to be made before and after the sale.

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) announces the expansion and upgrade of its onsite mechanical facility. The facility has been upgraded to a 5,600 square foot building to help better serve all of its customers. The new facility features four new lifts and will allow for more mechanical repairs and inspections to be made before and after the sale.

"We are proud to announce the expansion of our mechanical facility as we continue to enhance the level of service for our customers. Reconditioning and mechanical improvements in a timely and efficient manner are important to all of our customers and our enhanced mechanical building supports our efforts to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers," stated Chad Anderson, General Manager for the Greater Rockford Auto Auction.


McConkey Auctions on Track with Cognosos RadioTrax

The McConkey Auction Group's (MAG's) Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle auctions are utilizing Cognosos' vehicle tracking software to improve customer service while increasing operational efficiency.

"DAA Northwest led the group, installing the Cognosos RadioTrax™ at its 90-acre Spokane, Washington campus last July. Prior to the installation, auction staff and dealers alike occasionally spent hours searching for vehicles that had been test-driven and not returned to their allocated spots. With RadioTrax, we locate vehicles in seconds," says David Pendergraft, General Manager.

"We did a soft launch of the app in conjunction with our 5,000-unit Rock & Roll Sale last summer. Both dealers and employees were immediately amazed by the time it saved them," he adds.

DAA Northwest has experienced increased efficiency throughout its auction operations due to the Cognosos solution. "It was surprising to see the impact it had across all departments. Not only outside operations, but also fleet and dealer sales, arbitration and management," says Pendergraft. RadioTrax has enabled MAG's dealers to inspect more vehicles, and has also allowed transport companies to pull and remove vehicles more quickly, leading to faster dealership deliveries.

Kansas City and Seattle General Managers Doug Doll and Dave Blake echo Pendergraft's comments. Blake notes that "RadioTrax gives us the chance to deliver radical customer service to our dealers, corporate accounts, vendors and staff."

Both KCI and DAA Seattle recently added acres of paved consignment parking, so integrating RadioTrax at all three MAG locations was a logical next step. Incorporating the game-changing tool was seamless. Cognosos technical support staff was on-site before, during and after the app went live at each McConkey Auction Group location.

"There were no disturbances -- only improvements to the auctions' service levels," says McConkey Auction Group President & CEO Bob McConkey.

"MAG has been a great partner throughout this process," adds Steve Robb, CEO of Cognosos. He included, "We have enjoyed and appreciated working with an organization that is willing to apply innovative technology."

Cognosos' free RadioTrax app is available for Android devices at GooglePlay and for iOS devices in the Apple App Store.



Bel Air Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Recognized by Enterprise

Bel Air Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility has announced that it has received an Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings. Cited by Enterprise for "strategic, collaboration, operational success and exceptional service", Clayton Station hosted representatives from Enterprise who attended the sale on October 25th to make the award presentation.

"It is with great appreciation that we accept this award from Enterprise," said Tommy Rogers, general manager of the Clayton Station facility.  "This award not only recognizes the sales success achieved by Enterprise at our auction, but also acknowledges the contributions made by every member of our auction team.  It is their consistent attention to detail and dedication to service that distinguishes us as an award-winning facility, and we're thrilled to receive this award from Enterprise."

  Bel Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Receives Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings.  Present at the award presentation were (left to right) Jamey Bush (Auctioneer); Jennifer Jones (Inside Coordinator); Steve Mueller (Enterprise); Tommy Rogers (Clayton Station General Manager); Nick Calvaresi (Manager of Institutional Sales, BSC America).

Bel Auto Auction's Clayton Station Facility Receives Auction Achievement Award from Enterprise Holdings. Present at the award presentation were (left to right) Jamey Bush (Auctioneer); Jennifer Jones (Inside Coordinator); Steve Mueller (Enterprise); Tommy Rogers (Clayton Station General Manager); Nick Calvaresi (Manager of Institutional Sales, BSC America).

Rogers notes that Clayton Station has been handling scratch and dental rental units and inop units for Enterprise Holdings since 2008, with volumes steadily increasing year to year.  Currently Clayton Station handles approximately 3,000 vehicles annually for Enterprise. 

Clayton Station is located in Edgewood, Maryland, and sells Run & Drive/Scratch & Dent rental vehicles, inop and salvage dealer and fleet units, and donations each Thursday morning. The Clayton Station Auction Center is also home to BSC America's Specialty Division, which includes Power Sports, Boats and RV's, and monthly Truck & Equipment Auctions. Clayton Station's 5,000-plus square-foot auction arena features state-of-the art blocks and accommodates theater-like seating for customers as they bid on vehicles. Located at 1300 Business Center Way in Edgewood, Maryland, Clayton Station is just a few miles away from Bel Air Auto Auction's main auction campus and includes more than 15 acres for storage.

October 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Elects New Board Members, Applauds Chad Bailey’s Inauguration as NAAA President

Two ServNet auction owners have been tapped to serve on the group's Board of Directors, announces Eric Autenrieth, ServNet's President.  Ryan Clark, Director of Greater Rockford Auto Auction, and Matt Fetter, President of Clark County Auto Auction, were elected to the Board at a recent ServNet Owners' Meeting, held in October in Chicago. The pair replace outgoing Board members Steve DeLuca of Auto Auction of New England and Ashley Dietze of the W. Walker Auction Group, both of whom completed two-year terms.

"We are delighted to announce the addition of Ryan Clark and Matt Fetter to ServNet's Board of Directors and look forward to working with them," said Autenrieth.  He explains that the change is part of a planned rotation in governance, with all members of the Board serving regular two-year terms. "By the same token, we are grateful for the contributions made by Ashley Dietze and Steve DeLuca during their tenure and express our appreciation for their hard work on our behalf."

Autenrieth also notes that answering the call to serve the industry is another third-generation auction owner, Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction, who takes on the post of NAAA President in November during the 2018 Conference in Arizona.  In doing so he joins a distinguished group of industry leaders who have directed the activities of the NAAA.  Among the past presidents of the NAAA are several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

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Carolina Auto Auction Expands Management Team

Carolina Auto Auction has expanded its management team, naming two Assistant General Managers, reports Eric Autenrieth, the auction's GM and managing partner. Joe LeMonds has been promoted to the post of AGM of Sales and Marketing. New to the auction is Vann Humphrey, who has been named AGM of Operations.

"I am very pleased to introduce Joe LeMonds and Vann Humphrey as Assistant General Managers at Carolina Auto Auction," said Autenrieth in making the announcement. "Both are preeminently qualified in their areas of expertise and will play pivotal roles in our continuing focus to provide a superior buying and selling experience for all our customers."

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Autenrieth notes that LeMonds has worked for Carolina Auto Auction since 2015, most recently as national remarketingmanager. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the auction's national accounts as well as managing both the fleet/lease and dealer sales team and the auction's marketing efforts. 

"Joe has brought tremendous energy and vision to the auction since joining us three years ago," said Autenrieth. "He has demonstrated great success in developing strong customer relationships and has a keen understanding of how operations and sales work together. His skills will prove invaluable in taking our sales and marketing team to the next level and building an environment of increased trust and satisfaction for all our customers."

"At Carolina Auto Auction we are committed to providing a unique customer experience that far surpasses what you see at other competitors' facilities," says LeMonds. "Every business day we work to fortify that experience in every auction transaction, from the way vehicles are processed to the way we interact with buyers and sellers. We are consistently recognized with top rankings from our commercial accounts, and I'm excited to build on that success for both our dealer and fleet/lease customers."

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Although Vann Humphrey is new to the auction in his role as AGM of Operations, Carolina Auto Auction has enjoyed a long relationship with him, explains Auterieth, noting that Humphrey was for many years an auction customer, as the Director of Remarketing for First Investors. 
"We are delighted that Vann has joined the team at Carolina Auto Auction," saidAutenrieth. "He brings with him a strong background in quality control and compliance, and has tremendous skill in seeking out the most efficient and effective ways to get a process done. His experience as auction customer provides a valuable perspective and will enhance all areas of our auction operations."

"My relationship with Carolina Auto Auction goes back nearly two decades, and I considered CAA to be one of the top auctions for the better part of my career as a vehicle remarketer," said Humphrey. "I'm thrilled to be on the auction side of the table, and am excited to work with a great group of auction professionals. In overseeing dealer registration, CR writing, lot operations and recon, my goal will be to make our already superior team function with ever increasing levels of quality and efficiency, to the ultimate benefit of every auction customer. "


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Name One of Country's Best Auctions to Work For in 2018

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction was named as one of the Auto Remarketing's 2018 Best Auto Auctions to Work For. Auto Remarketing has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the auto auction industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses. This year 34 auctions were included in the list. The 2018 program is sponsored by CARS Recon, Inc., offering reconditioning services for the auction industry since 2003.

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Managing Partner, John Poteet expressed, "I am very proud that for the third year running Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction has been named one of the Best Auctions to Work For. The fact that our employees made this happen underscores our belief that good people make the difference between success and failure in business. Our motto is Outstanding Service begins with Outstanding People and this award punctuates that."

Poteet notes that Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is in good company on the 2018 roster, congratulating two other ServNet auctions that also made the list: Auto Auction of New England and San Antonion Auto Auction.

"Louisiana's 1st Choice is proud to be part of this elite group and continues to strive for excellence every Tuesday," adds Auction Manager, Matt Alombro.

This year digital auctions, in addition to the physical auctions were eligible to participate in the program. Auctions from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Auto Remarketing's Best Auto Auctions to Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation.

The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking.


Dealers Honor Memory of Wade Walker with Donations to Charity

In honor of Wade Walker, founder of the W. Walker Auction Group, who would have been 56 years old on September 25th, both the Corpus Christi Auto Auction and San Antonio Auto Auction held a special event in support of Walker's favorite charity: New Braunfels Christian Ministries' Kids Club. During the week of September 24-28, dealers at both locations stepped forward to contribute to the fund-raising effort, and by week's end a check of $5,800 was presented to the charity.

The New Braunfels Christian Ministries' Kids Club provides a nurturing after-school learning environment, where students receive homework help, a healthy meal, and spiritual encouragement, all at no cost to the students or their families.

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"It was a very emotional week for all of us � for our family, our employees and our customers -- but it was rewarding to honor the memory of Wade Walker in such a positive way," said Ashley Walker Dietze, Walker's daughter and co-owner of the Walker Auction Group. "We were thrilled to see sellers such as Jordan Ford, Mark Motors and Mike Motors donate funds for every vehicle they sold during the week. Other customers were incredibly generous in making cash donations. Between our two auctions, we were able to raise a total of $5,800 for the Kids Club."

"Neither of the auctions in the W. Walker Auction Group would be where they are today or as successful as they are without the leadership and work ethic that he instilled in us," added Dietze. "His example and influence continue to be felt by those of us who loved and worked with him, and we were happy to join together to honor him in this way."

 Walker, who passed away in December of 2017, is described as one of the stalwart members of ServNet whose legacy is carried on by his family. "We all knew him to be a gentle, compassionate, wise and loving man of faith who was always ready to lend a helping hand. He continues to be deeply missed by all of us who were privileged to know him," said Eric Autenrieth, President of the ServNet auction group.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Prepares for Spooktacular '18

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) looking forward to the GRAA Spooktacular, on October 17th. The auction expects more than 1,000 vheicles for the event, which will roll through the auction's six lanes. Following the sale, customers will gather for $11,000 in giveaways, ranging from an air hockey table, to a 44" smoker and a motocycle.  Customers will also have the change to win $50 before and after the sale. 

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"The GRAA Spooktacular is going to be one of our biggest sales of the year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our team is working hard to plan a fun filled day for all of our customers with great inventory, and giveaways in the lanes."

 Dressed in GRAA Spooktacular t-shirts, the auction team will greet customers attending the event, which starts at 9:30 am. Major consingors will include Avis Budget Group, First Investors, Credit Acceptance/ VRS, and Westlake Financial.


Greenville Auto Auction Reschedules Anniversary Sale in Wake of Hurricane Florence

Greenville Auto Auction was very fortunate that Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14th, did not have a serious impact on the City of Greenville or the auction. Unfortunately, some of the auction’s loyal dealers were not so lucky and received the brunt of the storm. Many of the auction's dealers up and down the coast and inland were severely affected by this massive hurricane.

  Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

In order to better serve its dealers, GAA moved its previously scheduled Anniversary Sale forward to October 18th. The auction looks forward to the Anniversary Sale as a time to not only move inventory for dealers, but also as a time of fellowship and celebration. GAA will be giving away up to $8000 at its Shark Tank themed sale this year.

GAA will also be giving away free lunch and t-shirts to their dealers at its Anniversary Sale.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also will have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December.

September 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Mega-Sales Add Sizzle to Summer and Fire Up Fall Market

The summer of 2018 saw the return of the industry's most notable mega-sales hosted at ServNet auctions and made a lasting impression on the market, reports ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. The excitement and activity continues into the fall, as ServNet auctions bring customers together for special events marking special seasonal events, anniversary sales and celebrations of autumn's bounty. Throughout the summer and into the fall, ServNet auctions are building consignments from dealers and national remarketers, positioning their inventory to take advantage of the biggest auction events in the country.

DAA Northwest's iconic Rock & Roll Sale smashed all records in July with 5,047 consigned units, 3,612 sold and an average sale price of $18,750. With gross sales at $67mm and 1,750 dealers in attendance, business in the lanes was brisk. Employees from DAA Seattle and KCI Kansas City assisted DAA Northwest's staff with condition report writing, block clerking, ringing in the lanes and checking in guests, and all joined together with customers and industry leaders from all over the country to enjoy a concert by classic rock legend John Fogerty.

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DAA/OKC Marks 30 Years with Lane-buster Sale Topped by $70,000 in Prizes

October 25, 2018 is a red-letter day at Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAAOKC):  the celebration of three decades of service to the remarketing community. Since its founding in 1988, the auction has grown to become a leading auction facility, offering the largest weekly vehicle consignment in the state and the highest sales percentage of any independent auction in the region. DAA/OKC has recorded the sale of 1.55 million vehicles, totaling more than $15 billion, since opening its doors in 1988.

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To mark its 30th year, DAA/OKC has planned an Anniversary Sale that will bring buyers and sellers together from all parts of the South-Central region and beyond, with lanes brimming with vehicles and prize giveaways running all day long.

"We've planned a great day of buying and selling in the lanes at our 30th Anniversary Sale," says Bruce Beam, DAA/OKC's general manager. "We're expecting more than 1300 vehicles, topped by consignment from Ally, ARI, AvisBudget Group, FISERV, Hertz, OneMain Remarketing, Prestige Financial, Santander/Chrysler Capital, United Auto Credit and Westlake Remarketing. We're also introducing a Specialty Sale, with motorcycles, boats, travel trailers, ATVs and motorhomes.  Added to that will be a day full of food, fun and prizes for everyone in attendance as our way to thank our customers for 30 great years in business."

Beam reports that all dealers attending DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale will receive a logo'd pullover, and will enjoy a free breakfast, hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill for lunch, and snacks and drinks in the lanes.  More the $70,000 in cash and prizes are planned, including $5,000 in lane drawings throughout the day, and end-of-sale drawings for $15,000 in cash.  All of that will be topped off by the grand prize drawing: a 2002 SS Chevy 35th Anniversary Camaro.

  This 2002 SS Chevy Camaro is the grand prize at DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale

This 2002 SS Chevy Camaro is the grand prize at DAA/OKC's 30th Anniversary Sale

"We're pulling out all the stops to make our 30th Anniversary Sale an event to remember," said Beam. "It's a day we'll share with customers both old and new, celebrating our success with everyone who has over the past 30 years helped make DAA/OKC one of the best independent auctions in the country."


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Sets Date for Spooktacular '18

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is excited to announce its next big sale, The GRAA Spooktacular, on October 17th. The auction expects more than 1,000 vheicles for the event, which will roll through the auction's six lanes. Following the sale, customers will gather for $11,000 in giveaways, ranging from a hot tub to a motorcycle, and the fan favorite: twenty $50 bills.

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"The GRAA Spooktacular is going to be one of our biggest sales of the year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our team is working hard to plan a fun filled day for all of our customers with great inventory, and giveaways in the lanes."

Dressed in GRAA Spooktacular t-shirts, the auction team will greet customers attending the event, which starts at 9:30 am. Major consignorss will include Avis Budget Group, First Investors, Credit Acceptance/ VRS, and Westlake Financial.

GRAA is in its third generation of family ownership, and has deeps roots in the automotive industry. 


Dealers Set to Play & Win at Carolina Auto Auction's Caropoly Event

Carolina Auto Auction hosts its 2nd annual Caropoly sales event from September 12th through October 17th. 1100 units will be run every week. With each purchase dealers collect Caropoly cards in hopes of matching them up to win their share of $40,000 in cash and prizes. There will be over 600 overall winners with varying prizes. As dealers collect an entire set of cards, or "monopoly," then they win a large prize corresponding with that set on the board.

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As part of the sales event, several floor plan companies including AFC, AutoBank, Auto Use, and CarBucks each feature pieces on the board and will have instant winner cards as well. ASC Warranty, Allstate Insurance, and other CAA vendors will also be giving away prizes as part of the game.

The grand prizes include $5,000 cash, an Alaskan cruise and tour, an automatic Husqvarna lawn mower, a Yeti Hondo chair and cooler prize package, cuban cigars, and more. There are also instant winner pieces which can earn dealers anything from a free lunch or hat to a Star Wars Virtual Reality saber set.

Caropoly is one of Carolina Auto Auction's largest events of the year and the auction expects to have nearly 600 dealers on hand each week participating.


Maryland's Governor Hogan Visits Bel Air Auto Auction

It was business as usual on Thursday, August 23 at BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction when customers and staff were greeted by a special guest: Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan, who visited the auction's new and expanded facility toward the end of the sale. Joining him during his visit were members of the state legislature, Harford County council members, and County Executive Barry Glassman.

The Nichols family provided the Governor with a tour of the 185 acre facility which opened last September. "Governor Hogan is a great friend of business," said Raymond C. Nichols, chairman and CEO of BSC America. "He understands the need of the people, but he also understands the needs of business."

  Governor Larry Hogan (2nd from right) visits with the Nichols family during his tour of BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction in August.  He paused for a photo with (left to right) R. Charles Nichols, BSC America's President; Michelle Nichols-Neff, Executive Vice President, and Raymond Nichols, Chairrman and CEO.

Governor Larry Hogan (2nd from right) visits with the Nichols family during his tour of BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction in August.  He paused for a photo with (left to right) R. Charles Nichols, BSC America's President; Michelle Nichols-Neff, Executive Vice President, and Raymond Nichols, Chairrman and CEO.

Nichols explained to Governor Hogan that Bel Air Auto Auction has sold approximately 10,000 more vehicles since its move to the new facility, compared to the same time last year. He expects that the auction will handle more than 120,000 vehicles by year's end. He also noted that 250 additional jobs were created when the new auction opened in September of 2017, and that the auction has recorded increases in the number of buyers as well.

The new Bel Air Auto Auction facility opened in September of last year to rave reviews from buyers and sellers alike. Sited on 185 acres, the facility includes a 75,000-square foot, 10-lane auction facility, restaurant and administrative office building, as well as a separate state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center which houses both mechanical and body shops, reconditioning bays, paint booths and an imaging center. A separate building provides a streamlined check-in facility for dealers and transporters. 


Scary Big Money Event Returns to Indiana Auto Auction

Like it or not, it's time for the days to get shorter and the leaves begin to change colors. But that also means it's time for the ghosts and ghouls to come out of hiding to get ready for Indiana Auto Auction's Scary Big $25,000 Absolute Cash Spooktacular.

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The 6-week long event kicks off on September 20th with a free sale-day breakfast, webs, skeletons and other macabre decorations. Dealers receive an entry ticket for every vehicle bought or sold in those 6 weeks, which qualifies them for the drawing.

On Thursday October 25th, dealers once again enjoy a a Free Breakfast and seven candy-filled lanes of scary fun as the employes dress up to add to the "spirit" of the festivities. At the end of the sale, the names of six dealers will be drawn. One of those dealers will walk away with $20,000 CASH with the other four dealers winning $1,000 CASH. Be there -- if you dare!

Leading up to the Scary Big Money Drawing, employees are rehearsing a familiar refrain, singing:

I was working in the lanes late one night
         When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
         For my manager from his slab began to rise
         And suddenly to my surprise
                         He gave out CASH
                         He gave out MONSTER CASH


Shark Tank Lures Dealers to Greenville Auto Auction's Anniversary Sale

  Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

Three dealers will have the opportunity to spend 30 seconds in Greenville Auto Auction's Shark Tank, reaching for $8,000, during the auction's 8th Anniversary Sale.

As the summer comes to an end, Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) will celebrate its 8th Anniversary Sale on September 20th. It has been eight years since the Stallings family purchased the once public auto auction in Greenville, NC and converted it to a dealer-only sale. Now, increasing numbers of dealers dealers flood the lanes at GAA, the auction continues to grow year after year.

In order to celebrate this milestone, the auction will be giving away up to $8,000 in cash. Three dealers will be randomly selected at the end of the sale to search for the cash in the "Shark Tank". The 10x10x4 tank will be filled with ball pit balls, balloons, and sharks that will make it more exciting and challenging for the dealers to find the cash. With several different denominations of money in the in the Shark Tank, three dealers will have 30 seconds to grab as many bills as possible, hoping to go home with the "big catch". GAA will also be giving away free lunch and t-shirts to their dealers at its Anniversary Sale.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also  wil have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December


Industry Leaders Visit State Line Auto Auction

 Sale day at State Line Auto Auction brings buyers and sellers together from all over the Northeast.  A recent sale at the auction in Waverly, New York also caught the attention of several leaders from the remarketing industry, who gathered for a visit with the Barber family. Making the trip to the auction were NAAA President Warren Claus, NIADA President Andy Gabler, NAAA President-elect Chad Bailey, and NAAA CEO Frank Hackett.

  Industry Leaders Meet with Barber Family at State Line Auto Auction .    (left to right): Beth Barber, Emily Barber, Paul Barber (all Partners of SLAA),  Warren Clauss (NAAA President), Andy Gabler (NIADA President), Jeff Barber (SLAA President/Owner), Chad Bailey (President Elect, NAAA, Owner of Akron AA), and  Frank Hackett (CEO of NAAA)

Industry Leaders Meet with Barber Family at State Line Auto Auction.  
(left to right): Beth Barber, Emily Barber, Paul Barber (all Partners of SLAA), 
Warren Clauss (NAAA President), Andy Gabler (NIADA President), Jeff Barber (SLAA President/Owner), Chad Bailey (President Elect, NAAA, Owner of Akron AA), and  Frank Hackett (CEO of NAAA)


Clark County Auto Auction Announces Expansion

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Clark County Auto Auction has announced that plans are underway to expand parking for commercial consignment. ServNet's newest member auction, which joined the group in January of 2018, Clark County Auto Auction moved into a new world-class facility less than a than a year ago. The facility includes a five-lane service building and reconditioning center. The 40,000-square foot main building includes a seven-lane auction area, administrative offices, 100-seat restaurant, digital sales network and AFC offices. Later this fall when the lots expansion is completed, the auction will also accommodate additional parking for 800 commercial vehicles. Auction owner Matt Fetter also reports that the auction will begin construction of a photography booth to image vehicles after reconditioning.

August 2018 Newsletter

Mid-Year Report Reveals Strong Market and Thriving Sales Environment at ServNet Auctions

by Eric Autenrieth
President, ServNet
 

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It has been an interesting, though positive market in 2018. Tax time took hold early and never stopped, with the dip we generally expect to see following the refund checks not really materializing this year. The economy is performing well, and we are seeing higher conversion percentages across the board. In addition, volumes are stable: while dealer inventory is a bit light, we're making up for that in institutional business which is keeping the lanes full of vehicles. Dealers who report that they're short on supply are looking for cars on all platforms, which has resulted in strong pricing and strong conversions.

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KCI Kansas City Recognized by NAAA for Public Service

KCI Kansas City has been named the National Auto Auction Association's 2018 Western Chapter Auto Auction of the Year for its outstanding public service. The auctions was chosen for its fundraising and volunteer efforts to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community: disadvantaged children and their families.

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"As we celebrate National Auto Auction Week it's my privilege to announce Kansas City Independent Auto Auction (KCIAA) is our nominee for Auction of the Year," said NAAA Western Chapter President Tim Bowers. "While there were many strong candidates in the Western Chapter committed to inspirational charitable giving, KCIAA rose to the top with the depth of its support for a diversity of organizations that all serve disadvantaged children and their families. We congratulate KCI, its staff and customers for their commitment to community service."

Over the past six years KCI Kansas City has raised more than $1 million in donations to advance the work of four local nonprofits:

  • Camp Quality Greater Kansas City, where children with cancer can experience camping;

  • Jackson County CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused, neglected children;

  • Family Promise of the Northland, which provides food, clothing and shelter to homeless families in northern Kansas City

  • Sheffield Place, a treatment and supportive housing program for homeless mothers and their children.

In addition, the auction's employees have volunteered with the agencies, conducted drives for immediate needs, adopted client families for the holidays, and contributed their skills.

KCIAA was also a finalist in 2016, the first year NAAA established the annual awards to recognize the many charitable acts auctions perform and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement.

 

Missouri Auto Auction Announces Leadership Changes

Missouri Auto Auction Owners, Gregg and Dagmar Boswell, have announced a change in the management and ownership structure at the auction. In conjunction with the reorganization, Justin Brown assumes duties as the auction's General Manager, as previous managing partner Kevin Brown leaves the company to pursue other interests. The Boswells also report that as part of the transition, Cody Boswell and Candice Boswell-Bray will assume greater oversight responsibilities and play more strategic roles in the next generation of leadership at Missouri Auto Auction.

"This is an exciting time for us at Missouri Auto Auction," said Gregg Boswell in making the announcement. "We wish Kevin well, and appreciate his efforts over these many years in helping to build the auction. He has overseen the many physical improvements made to the facility and has been instrumental in developing vital relationships in the industry. His departure marks a new focus on the next generation of leadership, and we look forward to an exciting future as Cody, Candice and Justin devote their energy and skill to our  business."

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Justin Brown has worked for Missouri Auto Auction since 2006, beginning his career with the company as a sales representative and working for the past several years as the auction's Sales Manager. Under the leadership of Gregg Boswell and Kevin Brown, he has advanced within the company, learning all aspects of operations over the 12-year span prior to his appointment as General Manager. He is a recent graduate of Auction Academy.

Cody and Candice both have over a decade of auction management experience, learned firsthand from their work at the auction and from their parents, who have been in the auction business for more than 40 years. Also a graduate of Auction Academy, Cody is an auctioneer at Missouri Auto Auction.

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Says Gregg Boswell:"Both Cody and Candice share a depth of knowledge about the auction and the industry that will serve them well in their leadership roles as Missouri Auto Auction continues to grow. I have great confidence in Justin'ss move into the senior role as General Manager overseeing the day-to-day operations. This next generation in leadership will serve our auction and our customers well."

Missouri Auto Auction has experienced solid continual growth since its founding 18 years ago in 2000. Today, more than 500 vehicles are offered for sale each week at a greatly enhanced and more advanced facility.

"Much of Missouri Auto Auction's success can be attributed to a supportive employee culture and belief in promoting from within," notes Justin Brown. "Our staff has always been and will continue to be the distinguishing factor that sets Missouri Auto Auction apart, playing a pivotal role in building the lasting relationships that contribute to our ultimate success.

 

Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Rolls out New Event

Known for its creative and exciting sales, Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction will celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th. Rachael Younger, Marketing Coordinator, and Jacob Warren, General Sales Manager, put their heads together to create a new event to further celebrate the tailgating season.

Rachael explains, "We were looking for something fun and different, and cheeseburger day just seemed like the perfect fit".

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The auction expects to offer 700+ vehicles in the lane at the sale, which will be highlighted by a burger-eating contest and grilling themed prizes. The winner of the cheeseburger contest will receive a $100 Amex Gift Card, a trophy and bragging rights. Dealers will also have the opportunity to "Build a Burger" for a $200 Amex Gift Card. To build a burger, dealers must purchase a unit in each of the six lanes: Lane 1-Bun, Lane 2-Cheese, Lane 3-Patty, Lane 4-Lettuce, Lane 5-Tomato, and Lane 6-Bun.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in Hammond, Louisiana, has served the dealers of the Gulf Coast and surrounding states since 2002. Their experienced and friendly team are eager to assist you with your remarketing needs. Experience their signature Lagniappe every Tuesday and get a front row seat to the growth and action. Auction day is Tuesday at 8:45am with 600+ dealer trades and bank repos and several special event sales throughout the year with 1000+ consignment. All vehicles are available online.  Visit www.lafcaa.com for more information.

 

Akron Auto Auction Hosts NAAA Training Program

In July, Akron Auto Auction hosted the National Auto Auction Association for its two-day Auction Standards Training Program.

"With the ever-growing importance placed on high quality condition reports and spot-on post sale inspections in the auto remarketing industry, Akron Auto Auction staff members as well as visitors from auctions all over the country were eager to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in these respective areas," said Chad Bailey, President of Akron Auto Auction and NAAA President-Elect.

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Led by Matt Arias, Director of Arbitration for Manheim, the class provided an abundance of critical insight into two significant topics – vehicle damage analysis and arbitration.

The first day was dedicated to vehicle damage analysis and how to successfully and effectively identify vehicle conditions to produce high-quality inspections. Through in-class discussions, videos, and various hands-on training exercises, Arias broke down what inspections do and do not cover, vehicle information, prior repairs, structural and interior damage, ways to streamline without sacrificing quality, and ways to measure effectiveness.

On the second day, the focus shifted gears to Arbitration-related topics. The importance of successfully resolving disputes among buyers and sellers as well as the mitigating future incidents was stressed throughout the presentations.

"Akron Auto Auction staff members were not only thrilled to host the standards training classes, but to take part in the learning experiences from one of the industry's finest," said Bailey.

Akron Auto Auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group and has played an important role in the market for seventy years, incorporating service, commitment and innovation to produce superior results for its customers. The auction includes six auction lanes, and four separate buildings on 30 acres. The facility has a full transportation department, reconditioning department, inspection department and floor planning services. 

 

Promotions Fire Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

August has started off strong for Greenville Auto Auction. The auction kicked off its new promotion that allows BB&T/RAC buyers the opportunity to win $300. During this promotion, buyers are entered for every vehicle that they purchase. The drawing takes place at the beginning of the following BB&T/RAC sale. If the dealership drawn is not in attendance during the drawing, the drawing resumes the following BB&T/RAC sale for an additional $300. The auction looks forward to having five sales this month and will finish the month serving breakfast to their dealers at their Five Alive Sale!

  GAA's detail team breaks ground on the new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility.

GAA's detail team breaks ground on the new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility.

GAA has also begun construction on its new detail, condition report, online and marketing facility. The auction is excited to use the new space to better meet their dealers' needs. With four lanes in the new building, GAA will be able to detail and CR vehicles more efficiently and effectively.  The new structure also  will have the space and technology to provide the best support for online customers. The building is projected to be completed this December.

 

Indiana Auto Auction Holds 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale

The crowning event of the summer nears at Indiana Auto Auction, as it prepares for its 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale. This year the auction is  "shakin' the bacon" with a pig pickin' breakfast featuring pulled pork, toast and eggs to start the day.

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After breakfast, 7 action-filled lanes will feature some of the best dealer trades that Fort Wayne has to offer. The event will also include two lanes full of institutional vehicles including Exeter, VRS, Fiserv, and UAC.

Following the sale, the auction will hold prize drawings for all dealers buying or selling vehicles at the event,giving away two electric wood pellet smoker/grills. The highly collectable Hog Roast T-shirts were give away on August 9th, but customers who missed it can ask at the front counter for "leftovers" when they arrive for the big event on the 23rd.

Indiana Auto Auction will begin its Spooktacular event in September with great costumes, cars, cash prizes, and candy.

 

DAA Northwest Breaks Records with Rock & Roll

Two-day event brings record consignment, record sales and John Fogerty to Spokane

DAA Northwest smashed all previous Rock & Roll Sale records last week with 5,047 consigned units, 3,612 sold and an average sale price of $18,750. With gross sales at $67mm and 1,750 dealers in attendance, business in the lanes was brisk.

McConkey Auction Group (MAG) president and CEO Bob McConkey credits all three MAG auctions with the success.

  John Fogerty Wows the Crowd at the 2018 Rock & Roll Sale

John Fogerty Wows the Crowd at the 2018 Rock & Roll Sale

"Ramping up for volumes like this takes collaboration and hard work," he says. "Our Spokane team worked diligently for weeks and even months in advance to prepare for the Rock & Roll Sale. Last week, we were joined by staff from our Seattle and Kansas City auctions as well."

Employees from DAA Seattle and KCI Kansas City assisted DAANorthwest's staff with condition report writing, block clerking, ringing in the lanes, checking-in guests and more.

"We are a team, and we share the same core values of Integrity, Excellence, Professionalism and Fun," says McConkey. "I am blown away by the talent and the hard work our people bring to the market every week--not just during the Rock & Roll Sale," he adds.

This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAA Northwest Smashed All Previous Records

According to DAA Northwest's general manager David Pendergraft, "...bringing classic rock legend John Fogerty into the middle of things generated tremendous excitement and record consignment."

  This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAANW Smashed All Previous Records

This year's Rock & Roll Sale at DAANW Smashed All Previous Records

The auction's Wednesday sale featured 2,000 units from Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, Toyota Financial Services, Lexus Financial Services, Kia Motors America, Hyundai Capital, Honda Remarketing, Acura Remarketing, Avis Budget Group, Ally Auto Remarketing, Harley-Davidson Financial Services and more. As soon as the 82% sale concluded, crews swept through the auction, transforming it into a festival-style concert venue complete with complimentary buffets, a variety of food trucks and bars. Dealers and their guests returned to the auction that evening as its house band, The Cronkites, opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty. Prior to the concert, national account executives and industry guests enjoyed networking in a hospitality tent provided by AutoIMS and TPC Management.

"This event gives our industry colleagues an opportunity to network and enjoy themselves in a casual, fun environment," says Pendergraft.

As Thursday's Rock & Roll Sale began, DAA Northwest treated customers' spouses to a special "Sweetheart's Day on the Town" event. Over 50 guests enjoyed a day of shopping complete with a private luncheon and fall fashion preview at Nordstrom before returning to the auction that afternoon. The sale culminated with $75,000 in post-sale prizes.

Reflecting on the event, McConkey quoted Mick Jagger by stating "I know it's only rock and roll, but I like it!"

 

Carolina Auto Auction Prepares to Shake the Bacon

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Carolina Auto Auction joins its sister auction, Indiana Auto Auction, in "Shakin' The Bacon" all month long. Dealers receive free t-shirts on the first sale in August along with weekly grill giveaways including multiple Big Green Eggs, combo grills, and pellet grills. Dealers can play "Squeal or No Squeal" just before the sale for cash and enjoy one very large pig-pickin' breakfast on August 22 at Carolina Auto Auction. The auction expects 1100 vehicles every week during the month.

Carolina Auto Auction kicks off its Caropoly sales event in September complete with $40,000 in prizes for over 600 winners. This event will be unique in that for every vehicle a dealer buys or sells he will receive a scratch off ticket that could earn him a property piece on the board or be an instant winner.

Carolina Auto Auction is part of the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group and is a proud member of the ServNet auction group.

July 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Auction Owners Strengthen Industry through Service

As leaders of some of the best independent auto auctions in the country, ServNet's auction owners play vital roles in the daily operations and ongoing success of their businesses. With feet on the ground, in the lanes and on the block, they manage operations, set the bar for customer service, and produce results for buyers and sellers across the country. But for many of these owners, their work in the business of vehicle remarketing extends far beyond their own auction arenas. Many give their time and attention to their communities and the industry beyond.

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Leading the charge is Chad Bailey, president and third-generation owner of Akron Auto Auction, who is currently President-elect of the National Auto Auction Association. When he takes on the post of NAAA President in the Fall, he joins a distinguished group of industry leaders who have directed the activities of the NAAA. That group of NAAA presidents includes several of ServNet's own who have set a precedent for involved, active leadership: Henry Stanley (Carolina and Indiana Auctions), Raymond Nichols (BSC America), and Bob McConkey (the McConkey Auction Group).

Many other ServNet auction owners and managers, deeply committed to the industry and generous with their time and efforts in serving the NAAA and other industry organizations, continue to handle a variety of responsibilities as officers, committee chairs and committee members.    
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Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Rocks OVE

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction began using OVE as a platform in 2009. Since then, a specialized team has been created which is dedicated toOVE sales and support. And they are making quite the impact.  Year-to-date wholesale transactions have more than doubled with a 68% increase over last year.

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Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager, says "OVE is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to sell or purchase wholesale vehicles.  No matter what market you are in, you will find a commensurate group of buyers and inventory.  1st Choice further enhances the quality of experience with online selling and buying by having a dedicated online sales team available 24/7."

The auction was listed in OVE's top 10 for Independent auction dealers cars sold in February 2018 and has been name the 2017 Top Volume Independent Auction in Louisiana.

John Poteet, Managing Partner, stated.  "We think of OVE as our 7th lane," noting that the auction is adding new wholesaler and commercial accounts weekly. "With 60,000 auto dealers having access to bid on your inventory 24/7, OVE seems like a no-brainer."

Wayne Tyson, OVE Administrator commented, "Any and all vehicles can be found; we have sold a $500 Impala and a $75,000 Audi... there is something for everybody. If you want to convert your no-sales into sold units call Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction and ask for Andy Poteet or myself."

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in Hammond, Louisiana, and has served the dealers of the Gulf Coast and surrounding states since 2002. Their experienced and friendly team are eager to assist you with your remarketing needs. Experience their signature Lagniappe every Tuesday and get a front row seat to the growth and action. Auction day is Tuesday at 8:45am with 600+ dealer trades and bank repos and several special event sales throughout the year with 1000+ consignment. All vehicles are available online. Visit www.lafcaa.com for more information.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Marks 44 Years

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) is gearing up for the biggest sale of the year, the GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary Sale, on July 18th. To celebrate, the auction will give away $18,000 in prizes, ranging from an outdoor bar set to a 14 foot inflatable movie screen and projector.

The auction will have over 1000 vehicles running through the lanes at the event.

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"GRAA'lapalooza is one sale that you will not want to miss," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager. "Our anniversary sale is one of our favorite sales of the year. The entire auction team looks forward to the opportunity to thank and give back to our customers who have supported us since 1974.  They  one of the key reasons we are able to celebrate 44 years of business. We have worked hard to ensure it will be a fun filled and exciting day at the auction for everyone."

Following GRAA'lapalooza, on July 25th the auction will hold its  2nd Annual Ice Breaker Challenge.  Five dealers will compete to win $1,000, as they race to break a t-shirt out of a block of ice.   


Promotions Fire Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

 Kevin Stallings (right: Assistant General Manager at Greenville Auto Auction) greets Derrick Speight (Miller Auto Brokers) before the auction on Thursday.

Kevin Stallings (right: Assistant General Manager at Greenville Auto Auction) greets Derrick Speight (Miller Auto Brokers) before the auction on Thursday.

The action in the lanes is heating up at Greenville Auto Auction (GAA), fanned by the addition of several exciting promotions. After finishing its BB&T/RAC promotion, Game Central, GAA is planning a new promotion for BB&T/RAC: for every vehicle purchased, BB&T/RAC buyers will be entered into a drawing for $300. This drawing will take place at the beginning of the following BB&T/RAC sale. If the dealership drawn is not in attendance, the drawing will resume following the next BB&T/RAC sale for an additional $300. This will occur over the next 3 months.

GAA also continues its End-of-Sale Drawing this summer. The drawing starts at $100, and the dealer whose name is drawn must be present and have had at least one transaction at the sale. If the dealer is not present, the money rolls over to the following week for an additional $100. This drawing has reached $500 so far


Big and Rich will Appear at KCI Kansas City

KCI Kansas City took a different approach with this year's Guitars & Cars announcement. Prior to the auction's Fish Fry Promotional Sale on May 9th, KCI's sales and marketing team replicated Big & Rich's Save a Horse video. Teammates entered the auction arena in a 1974 white Cadillac Eldorado handing out $100 bills while Save a Horse blared in the auction arena. Dealers, filled with anticipation for the announcement, clapped and shouted with excitement. 

"We are excited to announce that Big and Rich will headline this year's Guitars & Cars event," said Doug  Doll, managing partner of KCI Kansas City.  "Big and Rich are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed."

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 "We have had our eye on Big and Rich for a few years and this year was the right time to book them," Doll continued. "Customers were excited when we made the announcement and everyone is anticipating their performance because they are known for their 'over the top' live shows.".

 The 2018 Guitars and Cars event is set for August 15th and 16th. Big and Rich will perform following KCI's Wednesday corporate sale. The action continues Thursday morning with thousands of cars, exciting in-lane promotions and $20,000 in post-sale prizes. 

June 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Mega-Sales Add Sizzle To Summer Market

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Summer is in full swing at ServNet auctions across the country, where the industry's most notable mega-sales set the bar for innovation and impact on the market, says ServNet's President Eric Autenrieth. Bringing customers together for everything from anniversary sales and rock concerts to summer barbecues and celebrations of the red-white-and-blue, ServNet auctions are building consignments from dealers and national remarketers, positioning their inventory to take advantage of the biggest auction events in the country.

"Summer promotions at ServNet auctions have for years defined the season," says Autenrieth. "The variety, quality and creativity of these events are remarkable, and they have a tremendous impact on the marketplace. They bring customers together from all parts of the country for good times and prime opportunities for buying and selling in the auction lanes."  Read full story


DAA Seattle Names AGM
Brian McConkey Expands Auction Responsibilities

Now in its fifth year and offering over 800 units each week, DAA Seattle has added an assistant general manager. Brian McConkey, who joined the auction in 2013, has taken on the role.

Prior to coming on board with DAA Seattle, McConkey was employed by Nordstrom, where he received management training, worked in corporate Human Resources and was responsible for interviewing, hiring and providing successful onboarding of new employees for the company's Downtown Seattle flagship store. This human resources experience transitioned well into DAA Seattle, which has grown from 19 to 84 employees since McConkey joined the team. In addition to human resources, he assists with the management of IT, marketing, industry events and conferences, corporate and dealer relations, operational efficiencies, competitive analysis, auction safety and more.

"Brian is a natural leader who has earned the respect of his peers," says General Manager Dave Blake. "I appreciate his openness to understanding an individual's challenges, his ability to study opportunities for improvement, and his innovative mind; he is a perfect fit for the AGM position here in Seattle, and I look forward to growing success in our partnership," he adds.


Carolina Auto Auction Raises $100,000 for Cancer Research

Carolina Auto Auction hosted its 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th and succeeded in making it the biggest tournament yet. The auction combined the golf tournament with a special dinner and various fundraising efforts during a 3-day event and raised $100,000 toward melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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A special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction kicked off Carolina Auto Auction's 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Guests enjoyed hearing from Frank Martin, current head basketball coach at the University of South Carolina.

The festivities kicked off on Monday, May, May 14th with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP auction, and featured special guest speaker Frank Martin, the current Head Coach of the University of South Carolina basketball team, which made the Final Four in 2017. Carolina Auto Auction sold tickets to the dinner and auction, where bidders vied for 13 live auction items, including a Bret Michaels signed guitar, a Charlie Daniels fiddle, and a Wheel of Fortune prize package that includes tickets to the show. Carolina also had 13 silent auction items available to the highest bidders. 

 Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts and the Clemson Tiger mascot join Carolina Auto Auction owner Patty Stanley for lunch during the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. 

Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts and the Clemson Tiger mascot join Carolina Auto Auction owner Patty Stanley for lunch during the Annual Charity Golf Tournament. 

Tuesday, May 15th continued with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club.  This year the auction had such an overwhelming response to the tournament that golfers were split into morning and afternoon flights in order to accommodate the 160 golfers who signed up to play.  Carolina Auto Auction brought in Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, along with the Rally Cats and Clemson Tiger mascot, to support the event as special guests.  CAA also held a special raffle for its attending golfers with unique items available to win after the golf tournament for those who participated.

In conjunction with the tournament, Carolina Auto Auction held a large raffle that ran from April 11 through May 16th with over 30 highly valued items available to win.  The auction sold over 300 raffle tickets with all proceeds being added to the overall donation.

This is the second year in a row that CAA has raised over $100,000 for Winship Cancer Institute, and it honors the struggle of millions around the world who have battled cancer, including its founder and owner, Henry Stanley, who received treatment from Winship in Atlanta. 


DAA Northwest's Rock & Roll Sale Taps Technology
Auction Introduces Digital Box Office, Event Information Website

Since its inception in 1996, DAA Northwest's Rock & Roll Sale concert has grown from a few hundred invited guests to over 4,000. With so many guests, the auction determined that the ticketing process needed to be simplified for guests and staff alike. This July, attendees will download their tickets from a designated DAA Northwest Rock & Roll Sale digital box office.

"The only difference between this and any other concert ticket purchase you make online is that you won't need your credit card for our event," says Mitzi VanVoorhis, the McConkey Auction Group's VP of Marketing. Invited guests will receive a unique access code that they will enter into DAA's digital box office website. Complimentary tickets will be downloaded and can be printed or saved on smartphones; they will be required for entry and will be scanned at the gate. "And as with any other digitally downloaded ticket, ours cannot be duplicated," adds VanVoorhis. "Copied tickets simply will not scan at the gate."

In addition to digital event tickets, DAA Northwest has transitioned from printed Rock & Roll Sale information to a designated event website. Customers who log on to daanw.com/daarocks will find links to information about the auction's Wednesday, July 18th Rock & Roll Sale, the Wednesday evening concert and party featuring John Fogerty, event ticketing, DAA's July 19th Thursday sale, the auction's Sweetheart's Day on the Town event for spouses of dealers who are working the sale, and Rock & Roll Sale shuttle schedules. The site is responsive, making it easy to access from desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. 

John Fogerty will headline DAA Northwest's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale in July.

"Our ultimate goal is to improve every customer's Rock & Roll Sale experience from start-to-finish. Giving them access to information and concert tickets digitally -- whenever they want or need it -- helps to accomplish that," says VanVoorhis.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, the Rock & Roll Sale includes a 2,000 unit Wednesday fleet/lease and MotorSports sale, a Wednesday evening concert and party featuring international headliner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee John Fogerty, and a 3,000 unit Thursday sale that culminates with over $75,000 in post-sale prizes.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Plans Summer Events

Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) kicks off summer with its 4th Annual Hawaiian Sale, set for June 20th.  The day includes a pig roast, with food served in the lanes throughout the sale, Hulu Hoop Contest and special giveaways. Customers are urged to wear their Hawaiian shirts and gather for a great day of buying and selling in the GRAA lanes. 

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Following on the heels of the Hawaiian sale is the auction's biggest event of the year: the GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary Sale on July 18th, with over 1000 vehicles running through the lanes. To celebrate its 44th Anniversary, the auction will give away more than $18,000 in prizes throughout the day. Before and after sale giveaways range from dune buggies to a 75" LED TV.   

"We look forward to our anniversary sale every year," says Chad Anderson, GRAA's general manager.  "At GRAA'lapalooza 44th Anniversary sale, our entire auction team joins with owners Mark and Ryan Clark to thank and give back to all of our customers who have supported us since we opened in 1974.  Our customers and employees are our foundation and the reason we can celebrate 44 years! The GRAA'lapalooza promises to be an exciting day at the auction, one that's not to be missed!"


Indiana Auto Auction Launches Season with All-American Celebration

Indiana Auto Auction is celebrating everything that has to do with being American at its All-Star Celebration from June 7th through 28th.  Dealers who buy or sell vehicles during that time period receive entry tickets, and winners can "pick their prize" choosing one of five options: 1) an American-made Fender guitar and concert tickets to Charlie Daniels, Night Ranger, and The Marshal Tucker Band;  2) A gas pump that the previous owner claimed pumped race fuel at the famed Thunder Valley raceway in Salem, Indiana; 3) a large collection of Harley-Davidson collectables that would make any Harley rider's garage or man cave look good;  4) An original early 1950's coke machine, a true time machine that will take you back to when a 6 ounce coke would only cost you a dime; and 5) A HUGE assortment of fireworks that will light up the sky for hours.  What a better way to celebrate being in the land of the free!! At the end of the sale, four lucky dealers play "corn hole for cash" as they test their skills playing corn hole.  Final drawing is June 28th.

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Indiana Auto Auction will also host its first corn roast event on July 19th.  In addition to the summer's best selection of cars and trucks in the lanes, dealers will enjoy sweet corn on the cob served in the lanes.

The crowning event of the summer is the much-anticipated 10th Annual Hog Roast and Car Sale, running from August 2nd through the 23rd.  Every week dealers buying or selling at the auction will qualify for grill and smoker giveaways.  On August 23rd, the auction hosts its famous Pig Pickin' Breakfast, serving up pulled pork from a hog that has been cooked overnight as well as eggs and toast. Dealers look forward to this event every year, and arrive early to enjoy the delicious pork and egg breakfast. Throughout the promotion dealers will also receive the latest collectable Hog Roast t-shirts so they can wear them in the lanes with pride.


Akron Auto Auction Plans 45th Anniversary Sale

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To celebrate its 4th anniversary, Akron Auto Auction is set to host a beach themed sale on Tuesday, June 26th. Buyers, sellers and auction employees alike are packing up their beach attire and making their destination plans to visit northeast Ohio's newest island getaway. The auction expects to have well over 1000+ units at its Anniversary event with dealer, public, and GSA vehicles filling the lanes as well as plenty of giveaways and prizes. T-shirts sporting the 45th Anniversary beach themed logo will be available and given out as prizes throughout the event, along with other anniversary merchandise.

In the weeks leading up to the sale, dealers have entered a Beach Ball Blow-up contest that will take place after the final vehicle crosses the block at the anniversary sale. Four contestants will be drawn and chosen for two head-to-head competitions to take home a Yeti Cooler filled with prizes: Summer Shandy beverages, gift certificates and beach gear.

To show appreciation to its loyal dealer base, AAA is providing a complimentary lunch from three of the Akron area's best food trucks.

Buyers who are unable to attend the Anniversary Sale in person can still surf the lanes online via simulcast and save during a month-long Jazzy Junesimulcast discount. The auction is discounting simulcast fees for all online purchases made in the month of June (a value of approximately $25 dollars per vehicle purchased.) Jazzy June is yet another way the auction shows appreciation for its frequent online buyers as well as an incentive for others to try simulcast as an alternative way to buy vehicles at AAA.

Year 45 is proving to be a totally tubular one for Akron Auto Auction in many ways. A neighboring 12-acre lot has been recently acquired to facilitate a new Repossession Department building and adds up to 500 additional parking spaces. The project is on track to be completed in the Fall.


Promotions Heat Up Lanes at Greenville Auto Auction

June has been a great month for Greenville Auto Auction. The auction started the month off with its Dealer Appreciation Sale, where dealers were provided with free lunch and t-shirts, and were treated like VIPs all day long. The auction also continued with its BB&T/RAC promotion called Game Central. During this promotion, the top buyer and two random buyers from the previous BB&T/RAC sale have the opportunity to win money by playing a game prior to the sale.

 Dealers check out a vehicle running through the sale at Greenville Auto Auction

Dealers check out a vehicle running through the sale at Greenville Auto Auction

Greenville Auto Auction is also currently conducting an End-of-Sale Drawing every week in June. The drawing starts at $100, and the dealer drawn must be present and have had at least one transaction at the sale. If the dealer is not present, the money rolls over to the following week for an additional $100.

GAA hopes to finish June strong with a great mix of inventory and the addition of U-Haul Remarketing to its fleet lane.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Kicks off Football Season in August

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction celebrates the kickoff of football season with an exciting event sale, appropriately named The Tailgate Sale, set for August 21st.  Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction encourages employees and customers to support their favorite team by sporting their football swag. Each year the auction brings in a different football talent, and past years have seen the likes of Jim Kelly, Devery Henderson, and Deuce McAllister in the auction lanes visiting with customers. This year 1st Choice is proud to announce that former New Orleans Saints Cornerback, Tracy Porter, will be its special guest.

 Football favorites visiting Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction at past Tailgate Sales include Deuce McCallister (left); Jim Kelly (right) amd Devery Henderson (below, center). This year, the auction looks forward to meeting New Orleans Saints Cornerback Tracy Porter.

Football favorites visiting Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction at past Tailgate Sales include Deuce McCallister (left); Jim Kelly (right) amd Devery Henderson (below, center). This year, the auction looks forward to meeting New Orleans Saints Cornerback Tracy Porter.

Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager says, "Our Annual Tailgate Sale is one of our many fun events. The uniqueness of this event sends excitement throughout the region. The football players we host to sign autographs and take pictures with our clients have been enthusiastic and provide a great opportunity for football fans to meet their gridiron favorites. It is another example of our auction's signature lagniappe: that little something extra that is unexpected.

In addition to hosting Super Bowl Hero Tracy Porter, there will be sweet treats, prizes and contests for customers. The Tailgate Sale will close the Float Your Way Through Summer promotion. The auction offers qualified buyers a 30-day free float for fleet lease units during three sales this summer: June 12th, July 10th, and August 21st. Root beer floats will be served to beat the heat while working the lanes.

May 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients

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ServNet has announced the 2018 recipients of the group's scholarship program during its Spring Owners' Meeting, held early in May. Now in its third year, the scholarship program was established in 2016 as an ongoing initiative to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education. 

"We were pleased to expand the scholarship program this year, adding an additional award for $2,500 for a student attending a four-year college," said Kevin Brown, ServNet's president. "We awarded a total of $19,000 this year and are very happy to announce the names of eight ServNet scholarship recipients."

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Fortunate Son Coming to DAA Northwest

DAA Northwest's revelation that John Fogerty will headline the auction's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale brought shouts and smiles to dealers' faces on  March 22nd. The announcement was made during DAA After Dark, the auction's March promotional event sale. 

As the lead singer and lead guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty's prolific songwriting helped pen some of the most memorable songs in rock and roll, including Proud MaryBad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son. His solo career skyrocketed in the 1980s with his chart-topping single Centerfield

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Fogerty was featured on Rolling Stone Magazine's List of 100 Greatest Guitarists and Top 100 Singers of all time. He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He was drafted in 1966 and is a proud Vietnam-era veteran of the Army Reserve. 

"John Fogerty has been at the top of our Rock & Roll Sale wish list since the beginning. Booking him for this year's event is literally a bucket list milestone for us," says Bob McConkey, president of the McConkey Auction Group. 

John Fogerty will headline DAA Northwest's 2018 Rock & Roll Sale in July.

Fogerty will take the stage Wednesday evening, July 18th following DAA's 9:00am national account auction. The Rock & Roll Sale will continue Thursday, July 19th and will conclude with over $50,000 in post-sale prizes.

Together with KCI Kansas City and DAA Seattle, DAA Northwest is a wholesale auto and specialty auction offering cars, trucks, RVs, and motor sports units to licensed, registered dealers. Members of the McConkey Auction Group and ServNet, the auctions are powered by Auction Edge. For more information, visit McConkeyAuctions.com.


Big and Rich will Appear at KCI Kansas City

KCI Kansas City took a different approach with this year's Guitars & Cars announcement. Prior to the auction's Fish Fry Promotional Sale on May 9th, KCI's sales and marketing team replicated Big & Rich's Save a Horse video. Teammates entered the auction arena in a 1974 white Cadillac Eldorado handing out $100 bills while Save a Horse blared in the auction arena. Dealers, filled with anticipation for the announcement, clapped and shouted with excitement. 

"We are excited to announce that Big and Rich will headline this year's Guitars & Cars event," said Doug  Doll, managing partner of KCI Kansas City.  "Big and Rich are America's Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, and entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed."

 "We have had our eye on Big and Rich for a few years and this year was the right time to book them," Doll continued. "Customers were excited when we made the announcement and everyone is anticipating their performance because they are known for their 'over the top' live shows.".

 The 2018 Guitars and Cars event is set for August 15th and 16th. Big and Rich will perform following KCI's Wednesday corporate sale. The action continues Thursday morning with thousands of cars, exciting in-lane promotions and $20,000 in post-sale prizes. 

 Together with DAA Northwest and DAA Seattle, KCI Kansas City is a wholesale auto and specialty auction offering cars, trucks, RVs, and motor sports units to licensed, registered dealers. Members of the McConkey Auction Group and ServNet, the auctions are powered by Auction Edge. For more information, visit McConkeyAuctions.com.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Doubles Down on CAR Certifications

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 Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is proud to announce that Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager, is now CAR certified by IARA. International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) has created an education program over the last ten years to expand overall knowledge of the remarketing industry. A Certified Automotive Remarketer (CAR) is trained in all aspects of automotive remarketing includingRemarketing Channels, Pre-Sale Activities, Actual Sale Activities, Post-Sale Activities, Legal/Ethics, and Terminology. 

Warren explains: "CAR certification is valuable in our industry. Having the certification added to the Auction Academy curriculum was a huge opportunity that I am thankful to have had." Warren will graduate from Auction Academy in March  of 2019. 

Warren has been a member of the 1st Choice team for fourteen years, working in almost every department with roles including Vehicle Registration Specialist, Sales Representative, Marketing Manager, Business Operations Manager, and now General Sales and Marketing Manager. 

Applauding Warren on earning this mark of distinction, the auction's Managing Partner John Poteet notes that Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction now has two CAR-certified employees. "Congratulations to Jacob on becoming CAR certified by IARA," said Poteet. "Jacob joins Mike McCollum, our Fleet Lease Manager, as CAR certified making us one of the few auctions with more than one employee with this important designation. CAR certification shows our commitment to employee education and the highest level of service to our valued institutional accounts." 

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 over 700 vehicles, including vehicles from ARI, Consumer Portfolio Services, United Auto Credit Corporation, PAR North America, Hancock Bank, Crescent Bank, First Investors Financial Services, Prestige Financial, AVIS Budget Group, and a wide variety of dealer trades. Auction inventory is included on Edge Pipeline, where customers may view detailed condition reports, market report information and participate in online sales. 1st Choice is also an OVE Signature Auto Auction with a dedicated E-commerce sales team. 

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is a member of the National Auto Auction Association, Independent Auction Group, and ServNet. The auction is represented by TPC Management.


Akron Auto Auction Joins MS Movement

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In April, customers and employees at Akron Auto Auction (AAA) joined together to help raise funds for multiple sclerosis research and treatment. The charity event was highlighted by the AAA MS Awareness Cookout, which served up dozens of hotdogs and burgers to hungry dealers on sale day. Dealers were also able to make individual contributions by opting to donate a set dollar amount per vehicle bought or sold during the sale. Everyone who donated received a green and orange paper foot that read, I Joined the Movement. These feet were displayed on the wall in the Registration Department for all to view. 

Fundraising efforts were continued on the following Saturday when a large group of Akron Auto Auction employees, friends and family members met to participate in an MS Walk event hosted by a local high school. The AAA MS Walk Team, called The Short Stack, walked the two-mile track with other teams from the area with the ultimate goal in mind: to bring together a community of passionate people to connect and raise funds to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. 

Akron Auto Auction's Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser generated a total of $2,163 that will go to drive MS research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most.. 

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Akron Auto Auction employees, friends and family members participated in an MS Walk as part of the auction's Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser in April.

Akron Auto Auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group and has played an important role in the market for seventy years, incorporating service, commitment and innovation to produce superior results for its customers. The auction includes six auction lanes, and four separate buildings on 30 acres. The facility has a full transportation department, reconditioning department, inspection department and floor planning services. 

Each Tuesday, an average of 1,200 vehicles cross the block, including consignments from banks, fleet/lease companies and GSA, as well as vehicles from new and used car dealers from all over the Midwest. 

April 2018 Newsletter

ServNet's Next Generation Owners Build on Family Legacies as They Plan for Future

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As ServNet observes its 30th anniversary in 2018, the group plans for its future guided not only by the independent auction owners who have spent a lifetime in the business, but also by members of the next generation who work to ensure the ongoing success of some of the most successful auto auctions in the country. Those next generation owners are making their marks on the daily operations of their auction locations, and have developed into strong, capable, visionary leaders, as they continue the pattern set by their parents in building the family businesses. They are also filling leadership positions in the industry, most notably as members of ServNet's Board of Directors. Serving a two-year term as ServNet's President is second-generation owner Eric Autenrieth (Carolina Auto Auction and Indiana Auto Auction). Three next generation owners also hold seats on the Board: Beth Barber (State Line Auto Auction), Steve DeLuca (Auto Auction of New England), and Ashley Dietze (San Antonio Auto Auction). 

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Remarketers Continue to Recognize ServNet Auctions for Excellence

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ServNet Auctions have figured prominently in the many awards for service and performance announced by the remarketing community in the first quarter of 2018. That trend continues as more ServNet locations have been cited for excellence by leading national consignors. 

Akron Auto Auction received the 2017 Don Roccia Auction "P.R.I.D.E" Award from Credit Acceptance/VRS. Akron Auto Auction takes its place alongside two other ServNet Auctions receiving awards this year from Credit Acceptance/VRS: Greater Rockford Auto Auction and State Line Auto Auction

Two other ServNet auctions were named best in their regions for Merchants Fleet Management. Cited as Auction of the Year in the Midwest was Indiana Auto Auction, and as Auction of the Year in the West was Metro Auto Auction Phoenix

Westlake Financial also recently announced its top auctions in the country. Out of the 70 auctions used by Westlake nationwide, BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction and KCI Kansas City were among the five auctions recognized. Westlake uses a proprietary scoring model to evaluate each auto auction monthly. The Auction of the Year winners received the highest scores out of the 70 auctions Westlake partnered with in 2017 

"These set the bar for top service levels in 2017," said William Walters, VP of Remarketing at Westlake Financial Services. 

"ServNet auctions are recognized again and again for exceptional service and performance by the national accounts," said Pierre Pons, ServNet's CEO. "ServNet auctions are among the best in the country, consistently offering exceptional levels of service and performance. The success of those efforts are recognized year after year with awards such as these." 


DAA Northwest and Toyota  Financial Services Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has provided funding to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the past 11 years. In addition to monetary support, hundreds of TFS employees have volunteered to help students through mentoring, speech writing and public speaking assistance. 

"TFS' commitment to children and families is in synch with DAA Northwest's community support program," says DAA Northwest's President and CEO Bob McConkey. "For years, DAA Northwest has partnered with many organizations that lend support to our area's youth. Contributing to Toyota's fundraiser benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County was right in line with our giving philosophy."

 Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County

Martinez, who represents Toyota Financial Services each month in DAA Northwest's lanes, joined McConkey and Pendergraft for a tour of the Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club in Mead, Washington. 

"It was great to personally see how our contributions can help kids benefit from before-and-after-school programs, healthy meals, recreation programs and more," says Martinez. 

Toyota Financial Services' Area Representative John Martinez recently joined DAA Northwest's Bob McConkey and David Pendergraft in presenting $16,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County.

Club Director Connie Stark and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County's Executive Director Dick Hanlin joined the facility tour and shared information with Martinez, McConkey and Pendergraft. 

"Over the years, the need for safe and positive places for kids to go at high-risk times when school is out has risen at an alarming rate," stated Hanlin. "Fortunately, the Clubs are able to provide those essential services and magnet programs to thousands of kids a year for only $20 a year thanks to the generosity of amazing partners like DAA Northwest and Toyota Financial Services." 


Bel Air Auto Auction's Award-Winning Service and New Facility Attract New Accounts

BSC America's Bel Air Auto Auction has announced the addition of three new consignors to the Thursday sale lineup at its new facility in Belcamp, Maryland. BSC America's President, R. Charles Nichols, reports that in the first quarter of 2018 Credit Acceptance/VRS, BB&T/Regional Acceptance Corporation and Toyota Financial/Lexus Financial have been running vehicles at Bel Air Auto Auction, meeting with an enthusiastic response from buyers in the lanes and online. 

 Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service

Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service

"We are very pleased to welcome these three national accounts to Bel Air Auto Auction," said Nichols. "Last Fall when we opened our new auction facility, we noted that our goal was to accommodate continued growth in the marketplace and to expand our ability to offer exemplary service to our customers. The debut of these three accounts has been tremendously successful thanks to our service-focused auction team and the opportunities that our new facility provides us to process these vehicles with ease and efficiency." 

Bel Air Auto Auction's all-new auction which opened in September of last year combines state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning service. .

The new Bel Air Auto Auction facility opened in September of last year to rave reviews from buyers and sellers alike. Sited on 185 acres, the facility includes a 75,000-square foot, 10-lane auction facility, restaurant and administrative office building, as well as a separate state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot Vehicle Enhancement Center which houses both mechanical and body shops, reconditioning bays, paint booths and an imaging center. A separate building provides a streamlined check-in facility for dealers and transporters. 

"We are happy to note that our focus on service has been recognized by the remarketing industry, and it is with great pleasure that I share two national awards we've recently received with our auction team," said Nichols. 

Bel Air Auto Auction was recently named Westlake's 2017 Auction of the Year in the Northeast Region. Bel Air Auto Auction was also lauded by OVE for Best Commercial Mix at the OVE.com awards in Las Vegas. 

"We're proud of the recognition we have received and pledge to continue to offer exceptional levels of service and performance as we provide the best environment for buying and selling vehicles in the Mid-Atlantic region," Nichols concluded. 


Akron Auto Auction Introduces First Virtual Lane

In early April, Akron Auto Auction (AAA) added a new in-lane experience to its weekly Tuesday Sale. This new lane - called the Virtual Lane - operates similarly to a tow lane in the sense that the units are located off site and shown on the in-lane TV monitors for bidders to view. Unlike a tow lane, however, the Virtual Lane consists of higher end green-light units, equipped with full condition reports. These units remain at the dealership to extend and increase their retail selling opportunity. If a vehicle sells on sale day, the vehicle will then be picked up and offered a post-sale inspection. 

 Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership

Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership

In the week leading up to the sale, a team of AAA Condition Report writers traveled to the various dealership locations to take high quality pictures and to complete condition reports. These reports were made available online for potential bidders to view in anticipation of Tuesday's sale. 

Akron Auto Auction Condition Report Writer, Kyle Feemster, takes photos of Virtual Lane vehicle at a Ford Dealership.

To further accommodate bidders on sale day, a 55 inch high resolution monitor was added in Lane 1 that provided a continuous scroll of vehicle information with scannable bar codes. Marketing materials such as booklets, poster boards, and flyers were also provided to ensure that dealers were prepared to bid. 

"The first virtual sale was a success. We were able to sell vehicles for each of the six dealerships that participated," reports Brigette Shepler, auction sales account representative. 

In its debut, Akron Auto Auction's Virtual Lane included 21 vehicles from 6 different dealerships. 

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Akron Auto Auction plans on running a Virtual Lane once a month and expects the lane to grow in size going forward. 


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Gears Up for the Future

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LAFCAA) is preparing for the next phase of auction growth, announcing several key changes to its management team. 

 Leading LAFCAA's management team are (left to right): Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; John Poteet, Managing Partner; Don Sistrunk, Advisor to the Executive Team,  and Matt Allombro, Auction Manager.

Leading LAFCAA's management team are (left to right): Jacob Warren, General Sales and Marketing Manager; John Poteet, Managing Partner; Don Sistrunk, Advisor to the Executive Team,  and Matt Allombro, Auction Manager.

"We have worked hard over the last 15 years to groom a team of professionals to take over management of the auction. With several key top-level people approaching retirement age we need to ensure the continuation of LAFCAA and its success in the industry." says Managing Partner, John Poteet. 

Poteet reports that as of March 5, Don Sistrunk, formerly the auction's General Manager has moved into a new, part-time role, working as an advisor to the Executive Team and to John. Matt Alombro has been appointed Auction Manager, responsible for all operations of the auction. Jacob Warren has been promoted to General Sales and Marketing Manager. He will be responsible for integrating sales, marketing, promotions, and public relations activities of the auction. Jacob will work closely with Alombro to ensure that all

 (left to right): LAFCAA's Katie Alombro, Business Manager;  Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin, Consignor Sales Manager; and Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administrative Manager.

(left to right): LAFCAA's Katie Alombro, Business Manager;  Andy Poteet, E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin, Consignor Sales Manager; and Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administrative Manager.

Other recent promotions include Tenna Cooper to the post of Inside Sales and Administrative Manager; Andy Poteet to E-Commerce Manager; Jeff Martin to Consignor Sales Manager; and Katie Alombro to Business Manager. 

"Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is built on team work and collaboration," said Poteet. "Time will show how these capable people will make an impact on the industry and on 1st Choice Auto Auction." 

"The motto at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction's is outstanding service begins with outstanding people, John Poteet added: "We have adopted this as our motto because we believe the quality of the people in any organization drives the level of service to the customer. Our recent promotions exemplify our motto. All of these people are outstanding, and I am positive that they will pass that on to the future leaders of our organization. I am proud of all of them, and I am confident that our company is stronger today because of these outstanding people." 


Carolina Auto Auction Hosts 3-Day Charity Event to Benefit Cancer Research

Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) is hosting its 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 15th with plans to make this its biggest tournament to date. The Southeast's largest independent auto auction has added two special days to the annual golf classic, and this year's 3-day event will all benefit melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. 

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Monday, May 14th kicks off the festivities with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction, featuring special guest speaker Frank Martin, current head coach of the University of South Carolina basketball team, which made the Final Four in 2017. CAA is currently selling tickets to the dinner and auction, where 8-10 items, including a Bret Michaels signed guitar, a Charlie Daniels fiddle, and a Wheel of Fortune prize package that includes tickets to the show, will be auctioned off. 

The event continues on Tuesday, May 15th with the 4-man Captain's Choice tournament held at The Walker Course at Clemson University with a 12:00pm Shotgun Start. The auction is once again bringing Miss South Carolina in as a special guest. CAA will also have 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 will hold its 3rd charity raffle that runs from April 11 - May 16th with over 30 highly valued items available to win. Tickets are $20 for a book of 25 to enter into the prize boxes, and they are on sale now! Anyone may participate and the items are available for view on the CAA Facebook page. 

The auction also expects at least 1200 units for the sale on May 16th. Each week 600+ car dealers converge on Anderson, SC to buy vehicles.


Greenville Auto Auction Greets Spring with Exciting Promotion, Specialty Sale

April started off strong for Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) with a great sale including 121 BB&T/RAC units sold. The auction began a new promotion for BB&T/RAC called Game Central. During this promotion, the top buyer and two random buyers from the previous BB&T/RAC sale have the opportunity to win money by playing a game prior to the sale. This is just another way GAA creates a fun environment for its dealers. 

 Jeff Robinson (Fleet Account Manager) and Billy Willis (General Manager) greet Les Ellis (Carolina Motorsports) on sale day

Jeff Robinson (Fleet Account Manager) and Billy Willis (General Manager) greet Les Ellis (Carolina Motorsports) on sale day

GAA is continuing the great month with its AdrenaLANE Sale. On April 18th, the Wednesday night prior to the regular Thursday sale, the auction will spotlight special units in Eastern North Carolina including RVs, quads, muscles cars, boats, motorcycles and more. GAA will serve hors d'oeuvres to dealers prior this sale.

March 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Auctions Set the Bar for Auction Performance

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ServNet auctions continue to be cited for outstanding sales, service and operational excellence the remarketing community. As national remarketers assess auction results for 2017, ServNet auctions across the country have been recognized for superior performance. 

"ServNet auctions continue to demonstrate the strength of their partnerships with national accounts across the country," said CEO Pierre Pons. "Award-winning performance is an ongoing tradition with ServNet auctions, where quality and consistency of service set them apart from the competition, both on a regional and national basis.".

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Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Partners with DealShield

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Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LAFCAA) recently joined the DealShield Network. The auction is currently the only independent iin its region to offer this program to dealers.

DealShield is a product that auto dealers can purchase which allows them to have peace of mind in the lanes and eliminate costly mistakes. The 360 guarantee gives buyers 21 days and 360 miles to return the vehicle for any reason at all. This policy covers nearly 95% of all green- and red-light vehicles. 

"DealShield allows us to provide an extra service to our customers and gives us an advantage in the market that no other independent auction in our region can compete with," says General Sales and Marketing Manager, Jacob Warren. 

Warren explains that the entire auction team is dedicated to partnering with customers to show them how DealShield can work for them. Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction trained their team extensively on the product and how it benefits dealerships. 

Tenna Cooper, Inside Sales and Administration Manager says: "I know It sounds too good to be true, but it works, I've seen it." 

LAFCAA's management team in a training session on DealShield, learning how the product benefits its dealer customers..

Long time LAFCAA customers are already saving money and time with DealShield. 

"Customers are always a priority at LAFCAA, and the addition of DealShield is another part of the Lagniappe we are famous for. Our staff is second to none when it comes to customer service and offering new products to better assist them," says Matt Alombro, auction manager. 

To learn more or to get signed up with DealShield, customers may contact any team member at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction. 


Indiana Auto Auction Plans 52nd Anniversary Celebration

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Indiana Auto Auction marks its 52nd anniversary with 6-week long celebration slated for March 15 through April 19th. For every vehicle that is purchased during those 6 weeks, dealers will receive an entry ticket into the auction's anniversary contest, with over $15,000 in cash and prizes. 

The winning dealer will choose from one of three prize packages: a garage makeover package which includes air compressors, ramps, generators, garage cabinets and more. The dealer may also to win a backyard package that includes a patio cooler, propane smoker, projector, John Deere Tractor and more. The third package is $3,000 in cash for those who don't want one of the other packages. 

Situated in Fort Wayne, Indiana Auto Auction is centrally located near some of the country's largest automotive and truck markets, including Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Dayton, Springfield and Louisville.  With eight lanes offering over 600 light duty vehicles and nearly 200 heavy duty vehicles on a weekly basis, Indiana Auto Auction has something to offer its diverse customer base of nearly 3,500 dealers.


March Madness Strikes at DAA/OKC

The flurry of excitement the fills the world of basketball in March has descended on Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC), where March Madness is heating up action in the lanes and bolstering sales. DAA/OKC’s March Madness kicked off on March 15th and will continue through the end of the month, engaging dealers in weekly contests and vying for bragging rights and cash when their favorite team wins. 

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"Our March Madness promotion coincides with a really exciting spring market here at DAA/OKC, and the excitement in the lanes is tangible as dealers bid on the largest weekly vehicle consignment in the state, which results in the highest sales percentage of any independent auction in the region,” said Bruce Beam, General Manager at DAA/OKC. “The full court press is on with everything from freethrow contests to start the sale, dealer brackets and the chance to win cash at the end of the month!." 

During the March Madness promotion, sale day begins with a free breakfast. Then, five dealers step up to the freethrow line to test their skills. Each dealer gets two attempts and receives $100 for a bucket. 

Dealers can also try their luck at a Dealer Bracket during the promotion. To wind up the month, dealers will enjoy the best of concession stand fare in the lanes on March 29th, with hamburgers and hotdogs served throughout the sale.  

"At our March Madness event, dealers also have a chance to predict the winner of the tournament," explains Beam. "At the end of the promotion, dealers who picked the winning team will be entered into a drawing for a $500 and a $1,000 cash prize." 

"Combining the excitement of March Madness with the optimism we're seeing in the lanes as a result of a revitalized Spring market is a slam dunk!" continued Beam. "We're looking forward to a great month at DAA/OKC!" 


Pre-Anniversary Sale at Greenville Auto Auction Brings Excitement to the Lanes

 Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

March is always an exciting month for the dealers attending Greenville Auto Auction as they anticipate the Pre-Anniversary Sale. This sale is always packed with a great mix of inventory as dealers stock their lots for the tax time rush. 

During the Pre-Anniversary Sale, the auction gives away tickets to both the Masters and Final Four. Dealers also enjoy lunch in the lanes and a complimentary t-shirt to commemorate the event. 

The auction's BB&T/Regional promotion, The Race for $1000, is also coming to an end at this sale, with a BB&T/Regional  run of over 70 units. The top 10 BB&T/Regional buyers from January through March will receive entries to win $1000 based on the number of vehicles they bought during those months. 

Brian Whittington (Hiester Automotive Group) receives a trophy for being the Top Seller of 2017 from Kevin Stallings, Greenville Auto Auction's assistant general manager.

Overall, the auction is ready to serve its dealers during this busy month of March.

February 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Marks 30th Anniversary Year

ServNet celebrates a collective milestone in 2018--30 years as the industry's "premier network of independent auto auctions cooperating together to strengthen and build relationships." What began as small group of independent auction owners wanting to share marketing strategies has undergone tremendous growth and change over three decades, evolving into a major force in the remarketing industry, setting the standard for service, efficiency and innovation in the auction selling environment. 

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At its beginning in 1988, ServNet included eight auctions, all independent members of the NAAA Performance Group where the discussions had started. Today, ServNet includes 22 auctions, and carries its message into the offices of virtually every manufacturer, fleet manager and institutional consignor in the country.


State Line Auto Auction Sets Date for Heavy Equipment Sale

Heavy equipment is a familiar sight at State Line Auto Auction. Harsh winters and continuing growth result in the appearance of construction equipment and paving machines during late spring and summer, as the auction's many acres of parking pavement are repaired and maintained, and the facilities are expanded. But this year, State Line Auto Auction will do more than use heavy equipment for auction improvements; this spring will see the first heavy equipment sale at the auction. 

"After close to a decade of being asked if we sell heavy equipment, due to the fact that we own and use so much of it ourselves, State Line has finally scheduled its first Iron Sale on the auction calendar," reports Paul Barber, one of State Line Auto Auction's owners. "Our first ever Heavy Equipment sale will be held Saturday, May 19th." 

Barber indicates that the Heavy Equipment Sale will include live, simulcast bidding. The auction has already received commitments for consignments from two large contractors in the area and the largest rental company in upstate New York. Barber anticipates holding between two and four heavy equipment sales per year at State Line Auto Auction, and will announce subsequent sale dates following the initial sale in May.

State Line Auto Auction is a founding member of ServNet, a premier group of independent auto auctions from across the United States. The auction also operates under the Auction EDGE technology platform which delivers live auction bidding online, provides market reports of auction sale results, and allows dealers to search and source available inventory from auctions nationwide. State Line Auto Auction is also a member of the National Auto Auction Association and uses the AutoIMS inventory management system


Carolina Auto Auction Adds Major Account, Adds Happy Hour Lane

Carolina Auto Auction is proud to announce the return of Santander and Chrysler Capital to its lanes on February 28th. Santander and Chrysler Capital will be running twice a month and eventually every week, with the Southeast's largest independent auto auction. The auction expects at least 100 units with each run.

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The auction makes this announcement to kick off 2018 after previously bringing on other large national accounts in 2017 including US Bank. With the high influx in commercial units, Carolina Auto Auction is now designated four of its lanes as commercial lanes, expecting at least 650 commercial units every week. 

Recent additions to the independent side of the business have also furthered CAA's growth as of late. The creation of the 9:00am Happy Hour lanes has added another 100+ units to the auction weekly and afforded independent dealers great lane placement opportunities. The auction also has restructured its lane designations to put all independent lanes on the inside of the 8-lane area and the commercial lanes on the outside - bringing increased volume and conversion to independent lanes. 

Carolina Auto Auction is on a hiring frenzy trying to keep up the growth. The auction expects to increase its full time staff by 30% over the next month and expects even more growth later this year.

In addition to its extensive offering of vehicles from top national accounts such as Santander Consumer, BB&T, Remarketing Services of America, Donlen, Wheels and ARI, Carolina Auto Auction offers one of the largest dealer consignments in the Southeast. The auction holds sale every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with a salvage sale on the first and third week of each month. All 8 lanes are accessible for bidding online in real-time through Auction Pipeline and all "No Sale" units are available for purchase after the sale.

Carolina Auto Auction is a proud member of the ServNet auction group.


New Year Starts Strong at Greenville Auto Auction

 Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction.

Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction.

Greenville Auto Auction had a great month in January despite the snowy conditions in Eastern North Carolina. The auction started off February hosting a Super Bowl LII Pick 'Em promotion. A dealer who predicted the correct Super Bowl champion and was the closest to predicting the final score correctly won $250. The auction is also holding a promotion for Hiester Automotive Group where a dealer will be entered to win $250 for every vehicle that they buy. 

As February wraps up, GAA looks forward to its Pre-Anniversary Sale on March 15th which brings in some great inventory and dealers from across the state.

Mark Womack and Chris Clark talk about the vehicles in the lanes at Greenville Auto Auction..

Greenville Auto Auction, Inc. is an independently owned, relationship-driven business formed by the Stallings family in July, 2010. Located on 42 acres, the auction boasts 5 lanes, a full service restaurant, detail shop and light mechanical facility, 24-hour security, and state of the art technology, including AWG Simulcast. The auction is a member of the ServNet Auction Group.

January 2018 Newsletter

ServNet Welcomes Clark County Auto Auction

ServNet's President, Eric Autenrieth, has announced that Clark County Auto Auction has been named the newest member of the independent auction group. Led by Matt Fetter, the company's president, Clark County Auto Auction is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana and serves dealers in the Southern Indiana, and into the Kentucky (Louisville) market areas. 

"I join with the owners of ServNet auctions across the country in welcoming the Clark County Auto Auction to ServNet," said Autenrieth. "The Fetter family has developed their auction facility into an exceedingly well-run operation, built on a culture of exemplary service and strong customer partnerships. We look forward to Matt Fetter's contributions to our owners' meetings and know that the auction will represent the ServNet brand well to buyers and sellers in its region." 

 

ServNet Expands Scholarship Program in 2018

ServNet has announced that it has expanded its scholarship program, which was unveiled in 2016 and is designed to help ServNet auction employees and their families pursue the dream of higher education.

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The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. This year up to ten (10) awards will be given: five awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and five awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school.  

The application deadline for this year's Scholarship Awards is March 30, 2018. Additional information and a link to the online application are available at www.servnetauctions.com/servnet-scholarship-program.


State Line Auto Auction Honors Two Long-time Employees

In the fall, State Line Auto Auction had the pleasure of honoring two of its long tenured employees for their years of employment: Tony Tur and Jeff Houghtalen.

Tony Tur celebrated 20 years with State Line and thereby joined the Twenty Year Club.  He was presented with a brass ship's clock which is emblematic of this milestone. Tony is one of State Line's field representatives, and is responsible for dealer activity in the Rochester and Buffalo areas. 

 Tony Tur (center), is congratulated on his 20-year auction anniversary by members of the auction's sales team (left to right): Jim Terwilliger, Sales Manager; Mike Canzler, Sales Representative; Bernie Andrews, Dealer Relations Manager; and Jerry Marble, Sales Representative.

Tony Tur (center), is congratulated on his 20-year auction anniversary by members of the auction's sales team (left to right): Jim Terwilliger, Sales Manager; Mike Canzler, Sales Representative; Bernie Andrews, Dealer Relations Manager; and Jerry Marble, Sales Representative.

Jeff Barber, State Line's President, states: "Tony has been a very hard working and consistent presence for us in his sales area. His work ethic has been exemplary during his twenty year career. All of his dealers know that they can count on Tony to keep them up to date on auction activities, while also providing personal assistance whenever it is needed. Our customers in his area can rely on Tony to represent their vehicles if needed, and also pay attention to any title issues or payment matters as they occur." 

"Tony is everybody's friend,"  Barber continues," and it's his can-do attitude that is so important to State Line's continued success as it applies to his dealers. Tony has been a great asset for twenty years, and his market area has always been a major component of our success here at State Line. Tony's hard work and attention has allowed us to continue our great relationship with dealers in the Rochester and Buffalo areas." 

 State Line Auto Auction owners Beth Barber (left) and Jeff Barber (right) congratulate 25-year employee Jeff Houghtalen, who took a  full month off in recognition of his quarter century of service.

State Line Auto Auction owners Beth Barber (left) and Jeff Barber (right) congratulate 25-year employee Jeff Houghtalen, who took a  full month off in recognition of his quarter century of service.

Jeff Houghtalen, a 25 year State Line employee, enjoyed a full month of extra paid time off as his reward for reaching the quarter century mark at State Line Auto Auction. It is a tradition at the auction that every employee who reaches 25 years of employment gets the opportunity to take a full month of paid holiday leave in addition to their normal vacation. Jeff has been State Line's lead driving inspector for many years. 

"Jeff's talent is extremely valuable," said Barber.  "He can drive a vehicle and analyze drivetrain/mechanical issues as well as anyone, anywhere. His diagnostic ability is amazing. Quite often, we will perform a double- or triple-check to ensure our accuracy, and Jeff is usually the final decision maker in that process." 

Barber adds: "With 25 years of experience, Jeff knows what to look for and listen to, and his knowledge of specific traits as they relate to make, model and year is nothing short of amazing. " 

Jeff enjoyed taking the month of November off as his 25 year bonus. A key part of this program at State Line is the backup process that takes place when someone as instrumental as Jeff is absent. Other employees rise to the occasion as they step up and cover for the veteran during the month. It is with great anticipation that others view the month ahead, and any apprehension is comfortably absent by the time the honored employee returns. Employees are anxious to participate by helping their fellow worker enjoy their special month.


Greater Rockford Auto Auction Invests in Safety

The Greater Rockford Auto Auction (GRAA) has invested in safety for its customers and employees in the sale lanes with the completion of a bollard installation project. A total of 161 total bollards were installed in the six-lane facility, on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes, to protect people from vehicles. The bollard project had been in the planning and design stages since June of 2017, and was completed in December. 

 A total of 161 bollards were installed at Greater Rockford Auto Auction as part of its Customer Care Project.  The bollards protect customers and employees on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes.

A total of 161 bollards were installed at Greater Rockford Auto Auction as part of its Customer Care Project.  The bollards protect customers and employees on both the sale apron approach and inside the sale lanes.

The bollard initiative is part of what GRAA is promoting as its Customer Care Project, which includes a full and comprehensive plan for the safety of customers, employees, and vendors of GRAA. 

"We are excited to complete our bollard installation as a piece of our Customer Care Project," said Chad Anderson, auction general manager. "The safety of our customers and employees is a top priority and the response from everyone has been nothing short of outstanding. We continue to work on new and improved safety initiatives daily as we move forward."


Carolina Auto Auction Hosts live Charity Auction

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With the college football playoffs in full swing, Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) provided its dealers with a rare opportunity. CAA hosted a live charity auction, giving dealers the opportunity place the highest bids on autographed footballs from each of the four college football playoff teams (Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and Oklahoma). The four footballs, auctioned separately, raised over $3500 toward cancer research at the Winship Cancer Institute. An additional $1500 was raised by employees who held an Ugliest Christmas Attire contest during the four weeks of December, bringing the total to $5000 raised in December. 

December's fund-raising efforts came on the heels of $100,000 raised by the auction and industry partners November. 

The auction continues to march toward another major donation in May as it hosts its annual charity golf tournament and Legacy VIP Dinner the night before. Registration for both events is open now, and the auction is alreadyattracting together sponsors for the events. NextGear Capital is the Premier sponsor, along with ASC Warranty and AutoIMS who have currently joined the cause as additional sponsors. 

Carolina Auto Auction and local dealers also donated toys and food to needy children from twenty different families in December. The auction collected about $5,000 worth of food and toys and distributed it through Anderson Interfaith Ministries, a local faith-based non-profit in the area. 

Carolina Auto Auction also spent plenty on money on its dealers during its annual Dealer Appreciation Sale on December 13th. With the sale just a week before Christmas, CAA honored its Top 10 Buyers and Sellers for the calendar year with special gift baskets and trophies, and had a gift for every dealer in attendance to go with a free breakfast. At the sale's conclusion, dealers had a chance to win $100 every week for a year, along with other cash prizes.

Carolina Auto Auction's next major promotion kicked off on January 10th.  The Racing into Tax-Time Sales Event, which lasts through through February 14th, gives dealers a chance to win one of several seats to drive a NASCAR or Indy car at the NASCAR Driving Experience in Charlotte in March.


Louisiana's 1st Choice A/A Adds Rock 'n Roll to Mardi Gras

Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction, located in the heart of Carnivale Country, hosts its premier event appropriately named Rockin' Mardi Gras. The event is held every year on the Tuesday before Fat Tuesday. 

 A preview of the Rockin' Mardis Gras party hosted by Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction.  This year's event is set for February 6th, a week before Fat Tuesday.

A preview of the Rockin' Mardis Gras party hosted by Lousiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction.  This year's event is set for February 6th, a week before Fat Tuesday.

"Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler" is a Cajun French phrase meaning "let the good times roll," and that is just what Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction generates for this event. The atmosphere is truly a Rockin' Mardi Gras, and it has become an extremely popular event for auto dealers and representatives of commercial accounts around the region to attend. 

The auction will kick off the celebration on Feb. 6th 2018 at 8:45 am, with a typical consignment of 1100 units. Following the sale, VIP guests are invited to New Orleans where the auction continues the festivities at the House of Blues. The Rockin' Mardi Gras party includes a live band, open bar and a buffet containing some of the best food New Orleans has to offer. 

"This event creates an immense amount of excitement, and is the sale that everyone talks about year round," says Marketing Manager Jacob Warren. 


Black Gold Lane Makes Strong  Showing at DAA/OKC

Buyers at Dealers Auto Auction of Oklahoma City (DAA/OKC) have a new source for certified frontline-ready inventory: The Black Gold Lane. Running in the A Lane every week at 10 am at DAA/OKC, the Black Gold Event is drawing increasing attention at the auction, and is posting a 50% sale rate since its launch last Fall. 

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"Our new Black Gold Lane is an ideal opportunity for dealers looking for prime frontline inventory," said Bruce Beam, DAA/OKC's general manger. "These vehicles are all certified, detailed and pre-inspected, ready for the front line as soon as they arrive at the dealership. Plus, these vehicles are priced to sell and represented on the block, so that when the buyer leaves for the day, he knows that he has the car and can arrange for immediate transport." 

Beam explains that the Black Gold lane features two levels of certification: Gold, for vehicles which are 5 years old or newer, with 80,000 miles or less, and meet NAAA's Gold Certified standard; and Silver, for vehicles which are 10 years old or newer with 125,000 miles or less and meeting NAAA Silver Certified standard. 

"Our A lane is the place to be at 10:00 when the Black Gold Lane starts," says Beam. "We've been seeing an average of 65 cars every week, and there are lots of eyes on every vehicle as it rolls across the block, both in the lane and online. Plus, we serve hot coffee and donuts, and draw for $250 cash every 5th car sold, which brings even more excitement to the sale when the Black Gold Lane starts at 10 am." 


Greenville Auto Auction Eyes New Goal in 2018

After selling a record-breaking number of vehicles in 2017, Greenville Auto Auction looks to surpass those sales in 2018. Due to inclement weather in Eastern North Carolina, the auction had to postpone its Opening Day sale to the following week. With a great list of inventory to kick off the new year, GAA gave away Duke vs UNC basketball tickets at the sale. These coveted tickets were a fun, exciting way for dealers to share their love for their teams in this rivalry. The auction plans to continue the year creating a thrilling environment for their dealers.

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Nick McMichen (Auctioneer) and Bryan Shinn (Dealer) discuss the upcoming sale at  Greenville Auto Auction. The auction expects to surpass last year's record-breaking numbers in 2018.

December 2017 Newsletter

ServNet auctions take a break from the business of bringing buyers and sellers together in the auction lane to focus on those needing a helping hand. The causes are as varied as the auctions themselves: from benefits for orphans and the homeless to help for children with medical needs and veterans injured in the line of duty. Benefiting local, national, even global charities, auction owners, employees, and their customers open their hearts and their pockets at fund-raising efforts across the country. 

November 2017 Newsletter

Following a planned transition in leadership for the ServNet auction group, Eric Autenrieth, general manager of Carolina Auto Auction and owner of and 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. Autenrieth is assisted by a leadership team of auction owners serving on the Board of Directors.