Conferences and Events

Manheim Penn. to host annual auctioneer championship


Manheim Pennsylvania will host over 100 auctioneers who are set to face-off in the 2017 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship (WAAC), which will showcase auctioneers competing for $12,500 in prize money as well as the title of the best auctioneer, best ringperson and best two-person team.

“It’s our privilege to sponsor this year’s event and celebrate the top professionals in automobile auctioneering,” Manheim Pennsylvania general manager Joey Hughes said in a news release. “It will be an inspiring display of hard work and unique craft.”

Auctioneers will be judged on chant, voice quality, salesmanship and other performance elements of efficient and authentic auctioneering.

Contenders will also have to showcase their ability to interact and communicate with bidders and buyers.

“The level of talent at this event will be unparalleled, and picking the winners will be an exciting, tough job,” Manheim Inventory Services senior vice president Grace Huang and judge for the championship said.

Other Auto auction industry executives set to attend the championship include Shane O’Dell, president of Cox Automotive Financial Solutions Group and Jerry Hinton, president of the National Auto Auction Association.

“It is fitting to hold this competition at Manheim Pennsylvania, where modern-day auto auctions began in the U.S.,” WAAC president Paul Behr said. “We appreciate Manheim making this event possible, and for the industry leader’s commitment to auto auction professionals.”

Manheim Pennsylvania is said to be the largest auction in the world, its operations currently sit on 400 acres, according to Manheim.

Cancer & AIDS research foundation to honor Facebook auto director


The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced that it will honor Facebook's U.S. Automotive director Stephanie Latham at the Women of Influence Awards and Luncheon next week.

Latham, a breast cancer survivor and passionate supporter of the cause, will join five other women in accepting their awards during the foundation's fifth annual event at the New York Plaza Hotel on  May 12 at 11:30 a.m.

“The awards celebration honors six outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in both in their business and personal life and will benefit ovarian and breast cancer research,” the foundation said in a news release. 

Latham joined Facebook in 2011 and in her current role as head of its U.S. Automotive team, she works alongside marketers and agencies to forge solutions across platforms that boost brand awareness in efforts to sell more vehicles.

She also held leadership positions on Facebook’s Retail, Financial Services and Restaurants teams before leading on the Automotive team.

Prior to joining Facebook, Latham served as the executive director of Account Service at the Barbarian Group, where she managed the GE, CNN and Google accounts.

Latham received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter.

For more information about the 2017 Women of Influence Awards and Luncheon's other honorees and to obtain tickets for the event, visit .

Ally awards auction for sales; NAAA changes arbitration policy

CARY, N.C. - 

Columbus Fair Auto Auction  announced that it has been tapped for the second year in a row by Ally Financial to receive its Leadership Auction of the Year award in recognition of its overall sales performance last year.

“We value the Ally Financial relationship and strive to differentiate our auction through process and execution”, Alexis Jacobs, CFAA chief executive officer, said in a news release. “This award is a testament to the entire team and their work effort.”

CFAA was founded by Jacobs’s father, William Jacobs, in 1959.

The auction currently has 11 auction lanes, a reconditioning center, a 48-bay body shop, a mechanical repair center, an on-site test track, and a full-service restaurant, according to the CFAA website.

NAAA revises arbitration policy

In other auction news, the National Auto Auction Association announced on Monday that its auction standards committee has updated its arbitration policy and guidelines.

The committee made several changes, and their edits include the exclusion of previous policy material as well as the addition of new material.

To view each of the committee’s changes, .

The parts of the policy the committee has newly omitted is written in red and all new policy content is in green. 

NAAA’s final version of its updated policy and guidelines can be accessed via the "" section on .

CarMax set to bring first stores to Puget Sound Area


CarMax will open two new stores in the state of Washington — the used-car retailer’s first locations in the Puget Sound region — the company announced on Friday.

One store will be in the city of Lynnwood at 202 Valley Avenue Northwest and the other will be located in in the city of Puyallup at 21317 Highway 99.

CarMax said the new locations will provide more than 200 new jobs to the area and will supply customers with around 200 to 400 vehicle options of nearly every make and model.

In addition to the vehicles ready to purchase at each location, customers can ask for transfers of just about any vehicle at other locations nationwide, according to the retailer.

“Our company is committed to making every step of the car buying process stress-free for our customers, and we look forward to serving the Puget Sound region with the great customer experience CarMax is known for,” Bill Nash, president and chief executive officer of CarMax, said in a news release.

At a grand opening celebration on Friday, CarMax said the CarMax Foundation was set to give out $25,000 in grants and donations to local organizations, including Junior Achievement of Washington and Communities in Schools of Puyallup.

Associates of Lynnwood and Puyallup locations chose the two organizations and have participated in volunteer events with both groups, according to CarMax.

“We are honored to support these organizations and admire their dedication to serving area youth,” David Thompson, location general manager of the CarMax in Lynnwood said. “The community has been very welcoming of CarMax and we look forward to being a great regional partner, while serving customers for years to come."

Additionally, CarMax announced it also has plans to invest approximately $95,000 to fund a Puget Sound area playground, which has been projected to be built next year through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that encourages children to get the balance of play they need to grow into healthy and successful adults.

TIME, Ally recognize 2017 Dealer of Year


Ally and TIME held a celebration event in Kentucky on Monday to honor the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year winner — Carl Swope — a second-generation dealer who currently oversees six dealerships representing nine brands in Elizabethtown, Ky., and Radcliff, Ky.

Swope was selected from a group of 49 nominees from across the country who are successful auto dealers that demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service, Ally said.

The event was held at Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown. Business leaders from TIME and Ally joined local government officials and dealership personnel in attendance.

Ally said Swope has been chosen for his community involvement, support of civic activities, and dedication to local nonprofit organizations such as Hardin Memorial Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Project United.

"On behalf of all of us at Ally, we are honored to recognize Carl Swope and his commitment to doing right and bettering the community and the state of Kentucky," Ally president of auto finance Tim Russi said in a news release. "Carl Swope embodies the character and type of leader that the Time Dealer of the Year program was built to recognize."

Swope and his family of dealerships have particularly supported the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties since its founding in 2002.

In honor of Swope being named dealer of the year, Ally donated a $10,000 grant to the clinic.

"We are so grateful for Carl Swope's involvement with the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties," chairman of the board of directors Dr. William Handley said. "We are elated that Carl has been chosen for this prestigious award, and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution to this organization. Day in and day out he continues to inspire and encourage thousands of community members."

Swope was first announced as the TIME Dealer of the Year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 27.

For more information about the award program, or to read about this year’s nominees, visit .

Ga. auction hosts annual sale, donates over $4K to Shriners Hospital


Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah announced that it raised more than $4,000 to give Shriners Hospital for Children and hosted its annual “Cars, Cash & Caring Sale” earlier this month.

“It was a great day for Shriners Hospital for Children thanks to our generous dealers,” Southeastern Auto Auction vice president Bill McCready said in a news release.

“In 2016 we were able to donate over $10,000 to this great organization. Our goal is to beat that number this year and we are off to a good start.”

The auction raised a portion of the donation at the third annual sale event through 50/50 drawings and over the previous five weeks collected an auction contribution for every transaction made.

Regardless of a child’s family’s ability to pay, Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah said, Shriners Hospital for Children is committed to providing the best care for children in the areas of orthopedics, burn care, spinal cord Injury and cleft lip and palate.

Additionally, at the sale event, the auction featured a large run of vehicles as well as record consignment of fleet/lease/bank and rental units, according to the auction.

“Our institutional business has grown rapidly over the last two years and it was on display for this sale. It was a great day for both buyers and sellers. Katie Rushing (national remarketing manager for SEAA) offered a record number of vehicles from her accounts,” McCready added. 

Following the sale, $25,000 in cash and prizes was given away.

The giveaways included $10,000 in cash, a 75 inch Samsung television, Bose sound systems, Yeti coolers, custom office furniture, chrome seafood steamers and more, according to the auction.

NAAA to host webinar on OSHA & workplace safety


KAR Auction Services Group’s James Walker, the company's senior director of environmental, health and safety,  will share his insight during a free NAAA Webinar titled “Are We Prepared for Workplace Safety and OSHA?”

Walker will discuss how providing workers with a safe and healthy workplace is critical to the wellbeing of business during the event that's scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 21.

More specifically, Walker will walk through what OSHA expects from employers such as the regulations and penalties in place for maintaining a safe workplace as well as the business benefits of gaining knowledge about safety and OSHA.

The Webinar will be moderated by NAAA chief executive officer Frank Hackett.

To join this event, registration is required. Registration can be .

Cox Automotive names Automotive Woman of Year


Cox Automotive presented Ford’s Linda Silverstein with its 12th annual Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award during a breakfast at the NADA Convention on Saturday.

The remarketing and rental operations general manager was recognized for her business leadership, community advocacy and commitment to advancing the automotive industry.

“Linda is exactly the type of professional the automotive industry needs more of. By sharing her experiences through mentoring, she is helping develop future leaders,” said Cox Automotive president Sandy Schwartz.

“This award is named after the late Barbara Cox, one of our owners and the mother of Jim Kennedy, our chairman. Linda shares many of the same qualities and all of the values that we admire in Mrs. Cox, including showing her appreciation for the positive influences in her life by giving back. I am honored to present this award to Linda on behalf of Cox Automotive.”

Schwartz gave Silverstein her award during the Northwood University Dealer Education Award annual breakfast at NADA.

Silverstein began her career at the Ford Motor Co. in 1982 as an analyst in Ford Division's Detroit District Sales Office. Since, she’s held a variety of marketing and sales positions at Ford Division and Lincoln Mercury Division in Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.

Silverstein has been responsible for Ford’s vehicle remarketing since 2002, certified pre-owned since 2005 and rental operations since 2007.

“To be recognized for my participation in an industry that I love is quite an honor,” said Silverstein. “I often tell people that are just starting their careers that if they are passionate about what they do, they will never work a day in their life. I am passionate about the auto industry…it’s fast pace and the ever-changing nature of the business — coupled with great people — make it a fun and rewarding industry to be a part of.

“Cox Automotive’s genuine commitment to supporting women in a traditionally male-dominated industry – both inside the company and in the industry at large – is very powerful. I am honored to be the recipient of The Barbara Cox Automotive Women of the Year award. I am thankful for all of my mentors along the way that gave me the advice and support to succeed in this great industry.”

In 2009, Silverstein was inducted into the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame. She was also recognized as 2010 Consignor of the Year and was honored as a Warren Young Fellow.

In addition to presenting the Woman of the Year Award to Silverstein, Cox Automotive gifted a $10,000 scholarship to Alesandra D'Agostino, a Northwood University student.

D’Agostino is a junior studying automotive retail management and automotive aftermarket management who is active in her community by volunteering at a crisis shelter and soup kitchen as well as Rake a Difference, which helps seniors and individuals with disabilities.

ADESA raises $94K for Canine Companions at NADA


ADESA’s auction at the NADA Convention and Expo on Saturday raised $94,423 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, which supports Canine Companions for Independence — a non-profit organization that provides people with disabilities highly trained service dogs.

“We asked dealers and attendees to bid high in honor of the 100th anniversary of NADA. They responded by generously opening their hearts and wallets to help support two amazing organizations,”  ADESA president and chief executive officer Stéphane St-Hilaire said in a news release. “The NADA Foundation and Canine Companions work to change the lives of veterans and children with disabilities every day. ADESA is very proud to once again play a leading role in supporting these great causes.”

Easterns Automotive Group in Sterling, Va. founder Robert Bassam, placed the first winning bid of $39,000 for a 2015 Polaris utility task vehicle. Joe Verde, president of Joe Verde Group in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., placed the second winning bid of $26,000.

Bassam and Verde donated their vehicles back to ADESA to be re-auctioned

Joel Bassam, Bassam’s son, director of marketing for Easterns Automotive Group, placed the final winning bid of $28,000.

Attendees’ $1,423 in cash donations to brought the final contribution to $94,423.

“I can go out and do things and leave the house because I have him. Canine Companions has made this possible for veterans and so many other people with disabilities,” said Retired Army Sgt. Steve Blackman.

Blackman who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in service represented Canine Companions at the auction with his service dog, Gottlieb.

“My life has completely changed. No longer do I wake every morning wondering what the day is going to bring and if I can make it through it because I have Gottlieb,” said Blackman.

At the past six NADA conventions, ADESA said it has raised more than $334,400 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund.

McCarthy was NADA chief executive from 1968 to 2001.