ServNet Names New Executive Leadership
ServNet has announced the appointment of industry veterans John Brasher and Robert Sullivan to head ServNet's executive team. ServNet's president, Eric Autenrieth, reports that they assume leadership of the auction group on January 1 of 2020. Brasher has been named Executive Director, while Sullivan will serve as Administrative Director. "We are delighted to welcome two individuals of such caliber and standing in the auction industry to ServNet's executive team," said Autenrieth. "Both John and Bob have years of experience in the industry and are champions of the independent auction. Both former owners of ServNet auctions themselves, they bring unique and valuable perspectives to their new leadership positions."
Their experience as auction owners and their knowledge of the industry prepared both Brasher and Sullivan for their new roles with ServNet, agrees Bruce Beam, ServNet's president-elect, who will take the reigns as president in October. He explains that the pair's appointment follows ServNet's decision to move to an executive director system following Pierre Pons' announcement that he would step down at the end of 2019 as the group's CEO, a post he has held since 2007. His firm, TPC Management has concurrently provided administrative management services to the ServNet group of auctions.
Kevin Brown Named Managing Partner at Indiana Auto Auction
Eric Autenrieth, of the Stanley-Autenrieth Auction Group, has announced that industry veteran and long-time colleague Kevin Brown has been named Managing Partner at the group's Indiana Auto Auction.
"We've had the distinct pleasure to work alongside Kevin for many, many years, as he has led his own auction operation and served in many leadership posts within the auction industry," said Autenrieth. "A great operator with a keen auction mind, he has been a driving force in developing far-reaching initiatives as well as focusing on operational efficiencies and customer service. We are delighted to welcome him as a managing partner at Indiana Auto Auction."
Autenrieth reports that Brown has been working with the Stanley Autenrieth Auction Group as a consultant since October, handling special projects for both auctions in the group. Since November he has overseen a major facility upgrade at Indiana auto Auction, which included designing and building a new restaurant. He also worked with the staff at Indiana Auto Auction to evaluate auction operations, enhancing processes and efficiencies in all departments.
Brown served for 18 years the general manager and minority owner at Missouri Auto Auction. During that time, he also held major posts on ServNet's Board of Directors, most notably as the group's President from 2015-2017 and the Chairman of the Board from 2017-2019.
"Joining the team at Indiana Auto Auction is a tremendous opportunity for me to work with a great family which is firmly dedicated to their businesses and the industry," said Brown. "Indiana Auto Auction has tremendous potential for continued growth and presence in the Midwest, and I'm excited to work with General Manager Luke Dietrick and the auction team to expand its customer base, along with enhancing auction operations. Like its sister-affiliate, Carolina Auto Auction, Indiana Auto Auction offers its customers a superior auction experience, and topping my vision for the auction going forward is to ensure that all our customers think of Indiana Auto Auction as their 'home' in the auction business."
Brown anticipates that he will spend a good deal of his time meeting with both national accounts and the many franchise and independent auto dealers in the region. He will focus on finding innovative ways to serve the individual needs of each customer, whether on the fleet/lease or the dealer side of the business.
Tim Myrick Assumes Role of General Manager at BSC America's Tallahassee Auto Auction
R. Charles Nichols, President of BSC America, announced that Timothy Myrick has assumed the role of General Manager of Tallahassee Auto Auction.
"Tim will lead the operations and sales teams to the next level with excellent service and the latest offerings in technology. Tim will report to Tommy Rogers, a member of BSC America's Management team," stated Nichols.
Born in Brownsville, Texas, Myrick brings a vast knowledge of auto auction experience to the table as he assumes the role of GM. Having worked in both operations and, more recently, fleet/lease at Tallahassee Auto Auction, Myrick is excited to take the reins and lead the auction team in the continued growth and expansion projects that are ongoing. Before entering the auction industry, Myrick's career had been with his family's heavy construction business.
"BSC America's Tallahassee Auto Auction has seen continued growth in both the dealer and commercial segments of our business. Tim's vast auction knowledge and steady approach and familiarity with the Florida Panhandle market will be instrumental as we move forward with our plans for growth and expansion," Rogers stated. "The additional acreage adjacent to the Tallahassee facility that is currently being developed along with plans for lane expansion and lot improvements will serve us well as we continue to solidify our position as the leading independent auto auction in the Florida Panhandle."
Myrick added, "Focusing on the customer experience with a down-home approach and family atmosphere will create the best environment for current and new customers alike to do business with Tallahassee Auto Auction. I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with BSC America's team in the Bel Air, Maryland region and incorporate that same attitude of growth and expansion in the Tallahassee region. Continual investments in technology and the latest ideas are a testament to the success and values that we want to bring to our dealers."
Michelle Nichols-Neff, Vice President of BSC America adds, "We are excited to have Tim expand his role at Tallahassee Auto Auction. His experience and auction knowledge will serve us well as we continue to grow our footprint and develop the relationships that will add to the success in the Florida market."
Team Efforts Deliver Rock & Roll Sale Results
DAA Northwest Triples Consignment Volume during Signature Promotional Event
DAA Northwest processed 4,800 cars, trucks and bikes in preparation for its July 24th and 25th Rock & Roll Sale. That's three times the auction's average weekly consignment. Executing the feat was a major accomplishment for DAA Northwest on its mission to deliver excellence -- one of the auction's four Core Values.
"Our DAA team went to extraordinary lengths this year to make sure it was the best-run Rock & Roll Sale we have ever had," says David Pendergraft, General Manager of DAA Northwest. "Everyone here understands the importance of this event and what it accomplishes for our customers. We take it to heart."
In order to manage the increased consignment volumes and associated workflow, DAA Northwest was literally all hands on deck Saturday, July 20th. The week's accomplishments included:
Administrative and operational teams working side-by-side, parking the auction's entire consignment lot 5 units deep with every vehicle in correct run order.
Processing 4,800 cars, trucks and bikes through Check-in, Condition Report Writing, Photography, Reconditioning and more with the same team that normally processes 1,600 to 1,800 per week.
Selling 72% of consigned units to 965 dealers over two days.
Then there's the party. In the midst of the sale, DAA Northwest hosted dealers, national account guests from across the United States, and the staff and students of Auction Academy's Class 6 for a party and concert featuring Michael McDonald. The former Doobie Brothers front man performed 90 minutes of hits for DAA's guests.
"We've already begun planning next year's event," says Pendergraft. "It will be our 25th annual Rock & Roll Sale, and it will be one to remember!"
Akron Auto Auction Celebrates 46 Years
Akron Auto Auction (AAA) hosted its biggest sale of 2019 in celebration of its 46th year in business on Tuesday, August 13th. A 1,100 plus vehicle consignment crossed the 6-lane auction lanes starting at 8:15am on Tuesday morning.
To show appreciation to their loyal customers, the auction treated its buyers and sellers to free lunch from their choice of 4 food trucks that will be attending the sale. Online buyers also got into the Anniversary festivities by enjoying $46 off every online fee for the week.
In the lanes, Dealers were eligible to win hundreds of dollars in gift cards and were entered to win over $3,000 in grand prizes after the sale. Prizes included a PitBoss Smoker, Sony 55" flatscreen TV, 10-foot Pelican fishing kayak, Apple Air pods, a Weston beef jerky maker/food dehydrator, Cleveland Browns tailgate set and game tickets. Special 46th Anniversary T-shirts were also randomly given out in lanes throughout the sale.
ServNet Auctions Cited by NAAA for Public Service
Two ServNet auctions are among the four finalists in NAAA's Auto Auction of the Year Award for outstanding public service. Receiving the honor for NAAA's Southern Chapter is Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LFCAA), while DAA Northwest (DAA) was named the Western Chapter winner. The auctions will be recognized at the NAAA's annual convention in October with a crystal trophy. They will also be featured in NAAA's member publications and receive $5,000 payable to a charity of the auction's choice.
LFCAA was chosen for its wide range of charitable efforts that support large and small nonprofits in the community as well as abroad. Following their motto that Outstanding Service Begins with Outstanding People, LFCAA staff and customers ask the auction to join them in supporting an organization or cause. Auction team initiatives raise funds for the Policeman's Ball, Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation Chefs' Evening, Louisiana SPCA Howling Success Gala, and the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow. This year at an employee's suggestion, LFCAA added to its list Manger House Ministries, which provides education, clothing and food to the 150-plus children who attend its monthly Bible camp in Montrouis, Haiti. In need of 500 flip-flops for barefoot kids, auction members collected 2,000 pairs, packed them in 55-gallon barrels, raised money for the shipping, and donated more funds to enhance the small ministry's programs. A coworker compiled activity and toiletry kits.
A major fundraiser is the LFCAA Annual Golf Tournament. Begun a decade ago, the event brings employees and customers together in support of three local groups: Child Advocacy Services, the area's Cancer Center, and Options, which helps adults with disabilities live and work in the community.
In addition to raising a total of almost $700,000 over the past decade, auction employees contribute their time and effort. Last year they collected 30 pints of blood (which have the potential of saving 90 lives) and made bake goods to sell at the drives. Volunteers assemble gift shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, the general manager donates his auctioneering services to charity events, and several staffers serve on the boards of local nonprofits.
DAA Northwest's efforts in support of its local community over many years has earned its designation as the 2019 NAAA Western Chapter Auto Auction of the Year. Four years ago, DAA made a long-term commitment to the students and staff of Sunset Elementary when the auction "adopted" the school, which is located just two miles from its site. More than 200 auction employees voluntarily participate in a payroll deduction plan to provide students with healthy weekend snacks through the "Bite2Go" program, with a company match for all contributions. The auction also purchased a van that employees use every Friday to deliver an average of 150 Bite2Go packages that other staff volunteers make at Second Harvest Food Bank.
DAA team members also donate their time to PrimeTime Mentoring, spending lunch hours once a week with students and purchasing items like board games, yo-yos and craft projects to do with the children. They also regularly take lunch and home-baked treats to the school staff as a thank you for their dedication to education.
Every November in conjunction with DAA's annual Anniversary Sale the auction hosts a dinner and fundraiser auction that has resulted in contributions of more than $1.8 million to various local nonprofits, including the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Union Gospel Mission. During the past year, the auction has made also made contributions to the American Cancer Society, Adult & Teen Challenge, YMCA, Young Life, Spring of Hope International, Spokane River Forum, Northwest Harvest, Meals on Wheels, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Joya Child and Family Development, The Gee Foundation, Community Cancer Fund and school athletic programs.
NAAA established the annual awards in 2016 to recognize the many charitable acts auctions already perform and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement. The winner of the Auto Auction of the Year Award for Excellence in Community Service receives a large crystal loving cup, a cover photo and feature story in both NAAA's On The Block magazine and annual Membership Directory, plus $20,000 payable to the auction's chosen charity that is in addition to the previous $5,000 prize as a chapter finalist.
Houston Auto Auction Marks Growth Since Move to New Facility
It has been just three months since the Houston Auto Auction marked its 55th anniversary with a grand opening sale at its new facility, and already the auction has marked an uptick in both consignment and attendance. Contrary to reports of a quiet summer market in other areas of the county, Houston Auto Auction reports strong activity in the lanes, and 15% growth in consignment and attendance since early May when the auction opened its new facility at 2000 Cavalcade in Houston, Texas.
"It has been a busy and exciting summer for us at Houston Auto Auction,” said Assistant General Manager Greg Lawson. "We moved into our new facility without missing a beat, and both our customers and our auction team members are delighted with all the benefits this great new location affords. With more space, improved efficiencies and exceptional technology, we have the ability to entertain larger clients, add new accounts to our consignment base and offer a superior auction experience to every customer.”
Houston Auto Auction's new, state-of-the-art, 24-acre facility was built from the ground up three years ago by a previous auction company before it was acquired by the Bowers family. Houston Auto Auction's new home includes four auction lanes, a 4-bay mechanical shop, and completely upgraded recon facility. The new facility also features Simulcast selling in every lane.
"We are all very excited to be in this beautiful new facility,” said Tim Bowers, Auction President and CEO. "The move came at a pivotal point in our auction's history. We were established in 1964 by the Bowers family, and under the same family's ownership and leadership we celebrated 55 years in a sparkling new auction home.”