Carolina Auto Auction expanded its management team, naming two assistant general managers on Monday.
General manager and managing partner Eric Autenrieth announced that Joe LeMonds has been promoted to the post of assistant general manager of sales and marketing. And new to the auction is Vann Humphrey, who has been named assistant general manager of operations.
“I am very pleased to introduce Joe LeMonds and Vann Humphrey as assistant general managers at Carolina Auto Auction,” Autenrieth said. “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.”
Autenrieth noted that LeMonds has worked for Carolina AAA since 2015, most recently as national remarketing manager. In his new role, LeMonds 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,” Autenrieth said. “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.”
LeMonds described what it’s like working for this operation, which is a member of ServNet and the National Auto Auction Association.
“At Carolina Auto Auction we are committed to providing a unique customer experience that far surpasses what you see at other competitors’ facilities,” LeMonds said. “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,” he went on to say.
Although Humphrey is new to his role as assistant general manager of operations, Carolina Auto Auction has enjoyed a long relationship with him. Auterieth mentioned that Humphrey was an auction customer for many years as the director of remarketing for First Investors.
“We are delighted that Vann has joined the team at Carolina Auto Auction,” Autenrieth said. “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.”
Humphrey touched on making the transition from being with a consignor to auction management.
“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,” Humphrey said. “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," he went on to say.
Carolina Auto Auction was founded in 1990 and is a part of the Stanley-Autenrieth Auction Group, owned by Henry and Patty Stanley and led by their son Eric Autenrieth.
Situated in Anderson, S.C., midway between Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., the auction serves customers throughout the United States with a full offering of dealer consignment, fleet, lease, daily rental, insurance and financial institution vehicles.
The eight-lane facility also offers one of the largest dealer consignments in South Carolina and the Southeast.