May 2019 Newsletter

ServNet Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

ServNet has announced the 2019 recipients of the group's scholarship program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan to pursue education in college or vocational school programs.

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"As the leaders of of family-owned businesses ourselves, we ServNet owners take a deep personal interest in our employees," explained Ryan Clark, owner of Greater Rockford Auto Auction and a member of ServNet's Board of Directors, overseeing the Scholarship Program. "ServNet's scholarship program is a great way for us to encourage the members of our auction families and to help lay the groundwork for the next generation that follows."

Ryan reports that the group awarded a total of $18,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 acadmic year. The awards will be given in increments of six awards of $2,500 to students attending a four-year college or university, and two awards of $1,500 for students attending a two-year college.

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Corpus Christi Auto Auction Marks 30 Years with Blockbuster Sale

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Corpus Christi Auto Auction, The Walker Auction Group's flagship facility, celebrated three decades since its founding in 1989 with a blockbuster anniversary sale on April 26th. The auction reports that the event doubled its regular consignment volume and drew a 40% increase in attendance.

"Our Anniversary sale was exciting from start to finish," said Hunter Dunn, the auction's general manager. "We ran a great selection of vehicles from our commercial consignors, including Texas Car Title, SRG, Consolidated Assets, United Auto Credit and many others. In addition, we ran dealer trades from the all the major auto groups in the area. It was a great day of buying and selling, and a great day of celebrating 30 years here in Corpus Christi.”

Customer arrived early to preview the inventory, and stayed late to participate in drawings for $20,000 in prizes. Food trucks provided lunch, and a number of consignors joined in the festivities with in-lane giveaways that included t-shirts, ball caps and beverage cups. The highlight of the sale was the drawing for a golf cart valued at $18,000 which had been parked in the auction lobby since February. Dealers buying or selling vehicles throughout the month of April qualified for the drawing.

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“Everything cooperated to make our anniversary sale a success,” said Dunn. “The weather was spectacular, our sellers brought in extra consignment, our lanes were full of motivated buyers, and every member of our staff went the extra mile to make sure everything ran like clockwork.”

“Our Anniversary Sale was an ideal opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty and support since we opened our doors 30 years ago,” Dunn continued. “We were happy to greet so many great friends, the customers who return to Corpus Christ Auto Auction every week, and to welcome the new faces who came to experience for themselves what we're known for in this market: a family-owned business that is built on family values, and held to the highest standards of service and performance.

Corpus Christi Auto Auction was founded in 1989 by the late Wade Walker. Today the auction continues under the Walker family's ownership, headed by his children Ashely Dietze and Ace Walker, and son-in-law Dylan Skogman. The auction and its sister facility, San Antonio Auto Auction, are members of the ServNet Auction Group


Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction Named Auction of the Year by ARI.

Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction is the proud recipient of ARI's 2018 Auction of the Year Award for the Southern Region. This is the third year that the auction has won the award since partnering with ARI 10 years ago; previous awards were received in 2011 and 2014.

ARI presents Auction of the Year Award to Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction     (left to right): James Terman ( Market Sales Administrator, ARI ) Matt Alombro (LAFCAA Auction Manager), Mike McCollum ( LAFCAA Fleet Lease Manager) , Matt Coluzzi (Remarketer, ARI)

ARI presents Auction of the Year Award to Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction
(left to right): James Terman ( Market Sales Administrator, ARI ) Matt Alombro (LAFCAA Auction Manager), Mike McCollum ( LAFCAA Fleet Lease Manager) , Matt Coluzzi (Remarketer, ARI)

Said the auction's Fleet Lease Manager Mike McCollum, "This award is a testament to the hard work we put in to maintaining the partnerships we have with our consignors. I'm fortunate to have a dedicated team that shares my passion in getting the vehicle remarketing process right."

Mike McCollum and Auction Manager Matt Alombro accepted the award on 1st Choice's behalf.

Managing Partner John Poteet added, "This award embodies the success of our motto, which is outstanding service begins with outstanding people. Our auction thrives on delivering the best service which requires the highest quality employees available. It's great to have our commitment to our customers recognized by this award."


McConkey Auction Group Delivers Exclusive NASCAR Experience
NASCAR Days Trivia Winners get an Insider's Look at Geico 500

April was NASCAR Month at the McConkey Auctions' three locations. DAA Northwest, KCI Kansas City and DAA Seattle all featured NASCAR Days promotions that culminated with race-related Trivia contests. Randomly-selected dealers participated, with winners in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle earning V.I.P. guided trips to the April 28th Geico 500. The exclusive NASCAR experiences included airfare, hotel, ground transportation, race hot passes, meals and more.

Winners and their guests departed for Atlanta Friday, April 26th. Saturday morning, they were taken by private motor coach to the Talladega Superspeedway where they enjoyed lunch at the track, garage tours and driver introductions before watching the Sparks Energy 300 kick off from the pits. The remainder of the race was viewed from the McConkey Auction Group's infield motorhome. Sunday morning, it was back to the track for the Monster Energy Geico 500. Once again, guests enjoyed driver introductions before experiencing the start of the race from the pits.

Dealers from the three McConkey Group auctions and their guests enjoyed an inside look at the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway .

Dealers from the three McConkey Group auctions and their guests enjoyed an inside look at the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

John Short from Honda of Fife said "...with over 50 years in the business, I must say this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience." John won DAA Seattle's NASCAR Trivia contest, earning the VIP trip for himself and a guest. He added, "Len Roll is amazingly organized and made the trip fun and exciting from start to finish."

Roll, a NASCAR aficionado and DAA Northwest's Senior Manager of Reconditioning, has been leading McConkey Auction Group (MAG) NASCAR race tours since 2004. Equipped with a Hard Card through relationship and affiliation with a NASCAR Cup Team, Roll guides MAG's NASCAR race guests through areas that are off-limits to the general public. The group meets drivers and owners on the track before the race, stands alongside pit crews, and enjoys a catered barbecue from a private infield RV.

Jason Bate, another DAA Seattle NASCAR Trivia Winner, summed up his experience, "The size, the scope, the sound, and the spectacle of Talladega and NASCAR is something that cannot be explained until you truly experience it up close like we were fortunate to do. I'm spoiled for life on racing events after this trip!"


Akron Auto Auction Ups the Ante at 2019 Toy Sale

An Ohio State Buckeys "stadium view" end table, and a fully-stocked humidor and wine fridge were the prizes at Akron Auto Auction's Thursday Night Toy Sale, held on May 16th. Customers were invited to stay after the sale for a special casino-themed event.

An Ohio State Buckeys "stadium view" end table, and a fully-stocked humidor and wine fridge were the prizes at Akron Auto Auction's Thursday Night Toy Sale, held on May 16th. Customers were invited to stay after the sale for a special casino-themed event.

Akron Auto Auction hosted its annual Thursday Night Toy Sale in May. Upwards of 100 "toys" of all varieties crossed the block, including classic and collector cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATV’s and much more. For every unit registered, dealers were entered into a drawing to win an Ohio State Buckeyes "stadium view" end table. For every unit purchased, dealers were entered to win a fully stocked Humidor and a Wine Fridge. The Toy Sale began at 6pm on Thursday, May 16th.

As an added bonus, Akron Auto Auction invited all its guests to stay after the toy sale ended for a special casino-themed event hosted by Highrollers Entertainment Co. Food and refreshments were provided by Betty’s Bomb Burgers Food Truck. Dealers had the oportunity to go ALL IN and play a variety of casino games or just relax and watch the action un - "fold" The three chip leaders at the end of play were eligible to win more great prizes and giveaways.


Greenville Auto Auction Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Team members at Greenville Auto Auction greet dealers for the Cinco de Mayo Sale.

Team members at Greenville Auto Auction greet dealers for the Cinco de Mayo Sale.

Greenville Auto Auction kicked off the month of May with its Cinco de Mayo Sale, held on May 2nd. Dealers were served authentic tacos in the lanes during the event and were given a chance to win $1000 at an End-of-Sale Drawing.

The auction also continues its 10-to-Win promotion this month. Any dealer in the lane purchasing ten or more vehicles from BB&T/RAC from April 1 through the end of June receives an RTIC cooler. For GAA's online customers, the promotion is called 12-to-Win. Any online dealer purchasing twelve or more vehicles during the 3-month period also wins an RTIC cooler.


Carolina Auto Auction Sets Date for 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Carolina Auto Auction (CAA) will host its 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 21st, with plans to make this the biggest tournament yet. Carolina has worked hard to make this year extra special for the 3-day event that will benefit melanoma research at The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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On Monday, May 20th the festivities kick off with a special Legacy Dinner and VIP Auction, along with special guest speaker, Inky Johnson. CAA is currently selling tickets to the dinner and auction, during which nearly 100 items will be auctioned off in both a live and silent auction format. Some of the prizes include multiple 2018 National Championship items from Clemson's #1 football team; a Virginia Cavaliers basketball signed by this year's national title team; an African Safari; an overnight bird hunt with dinner and drinks at one of the region's top trophy rooms; an NFL MVP helmet signed by almost all of the Super Bowl MVPs in history; a Carolina Panthers' tailgate package with six tickets to see the defending NFC Champion LA Rams; many autographed items from LeBron James, Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, and more.

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Tuesday, May 21st continues with the 4-man Captain's Choice event held at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson, with both 8am and 2pm tee times available. A special mascot challenge will be held at lunch time with everyone attending receiving a steak sandwich lunch. The auction 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 May 1st through May 22nd with more highly valued items available to win. Tickets are $20 for a book of 25 tickets, which can be dropped into the prize boxes of your choice, and they are on sale now. Anyone may participate and some of the items are available to view on social media.

The auction expects at least 1500 units for the sale on May 22nd. Each week nearly 700 car dealers converge on Anderson, SC to buy vehicles.


Clark County Auto Auction Entertains Customers at Churchill Downs

Guests of Clark County Auto Auction enjoyed spectacular views of the racetrack at the auction's Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs.

Guests of Clark County Auto Auction enjoyed spectacular views of the racetrack at the auction's Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs.

Clark County Auto Auction hosted its second annual Derby Tuesday event at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, April 30th. Over 500 dealers, commercial customers, clients, and industry professionals were invited for a day of horse racing and fun. The event was held on the sixth floor of the newly completed Starting Gate Suites, which was complete with betting windows, a full buffet, and meet and greets with jockeys such as Angel Cordero who rode the Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

Guests at Clark County Auto Auction's Derby Tuesday included (left to right) Michael Greene (AutoIMS), Venkat Krishnamoorthy (AutoIMS), Scott Kolb (United Road), and Joe Miller (AutoIMS).

Guests at Clark County Auto Auction's Derby Tuesday included (left to right) Michael Greene (AutoIMS), Venkat Krishnamoorthy (AutoIMS), Scott Kolb (United Road), and Joe Miller (AutoIMS).

"We wanted to create something that would get people excited each year,"said Matt Fetter, owner and president of Clark County Auto Auction. "Whenever we are out at conferences, people associate our location with the Kentucky Derby and historic Churchill Downs. With the auction business being a very fast paced environment, we wanted our brand and annual event to be associated with the most exciting two minutes in sports!"

It was a four-month process planning the event, notes Trevor Schroerlucke, Director of Special Projects. "We tried to think of every detail while planning," said Schroerlucke. "From travel accommodations, to local transportation, to the overall itinerary of the event, there was not a single detail we left out."

Derby Tuesday was followed up by Clark County Auto Auction's Wednesday Derby Event sale, which featured over 900 vehicles, and prize giveaways including kayaks, Yeti coolers, and a 2018 Sea-Doo wave runner.

One customer mentioned,  "The only thing more impressive than the facility was the hospitality.”