America’s Auto Auction has announced the acquisition of two auction locations: West Michigan Auto Auction in Parma, Mich. and Interstate 94 Vehicle Auction in Wayland, Mich.
Both facilities were sold to America’s Auto Auction by Carl Miskotten, who will stay on as general manager of the two facilities.
The official date of the acquisition was April 1.
America’s Auto Auction now has 21 locations. Early this year, the firm acquired seven auctions from the Auction Broadcasting Company.
Owned by CEO Ben Lange and private equity firm Trinity Hunt Partners, America’s Auto Auction launched in 2006 with four auction facilities.
Miskotten started West Michigan 1997. The auction joined ABC in 2000, but Miskotten regained sole ownership in 2008.
Miskotten has operated the I-94 Vehicle Auction since 2007.
BSC America announced that industry veteran Eric Wagner had been named general manager of Tallahassee Auto Auction.
Wagner brings more than 30 years of auto auction experience to the role, having worked in both independent and corporate-owned auctions. Wagner’s career has taken him to auction markets in Detroit, Flint, Atlanta and more recently Daytona Beach where the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association (FIADA) recognized him as the Auction Person of the Year.
KAR Auction Services Inc. announced that Thomas “Tom” Fisher has joined the company as executive vice president and chief information officer.
Fisher will be a member of the company’s senior leadership team reporting to Jim Hallett, chairman and CEO of KAR.
Fisher will be responsible for oversight of KAR’s information technology strategy, operations and activities. Working across KAR’s end-to-end remarketing platform, Fisher will design and implement an enterprise strategy that leverages KAR’s diverse technology assets to rapidly deploy the company’s data-driven customer insights and product solutions.
Prior to joining KAR, Fisher served as senior vice president of cloud operations and general manager at Genesys. Fisher previously served as chief services officer for Interactive Intelligence, a publicly traded, Indianapolis-based software and cloud developer recently acquired by Genesys.
Fisher graduated from Ohio University with degrees in biology and communications systems management before beginning his career as an IT analyst with Andersen Consulting and applications consultant at Cisco Systems.
Manheim remains on track to complete its five-year, $17 million investment in its four Southern California auction locations in 2018.
Manheim Southern California is in the midst of a three-year project that will streamline the vehicle entry experience for clients and accommodate increased inventory volume. The Fontana-based location has already added charging stations for electric vehicles and Xeriscaping to save water.
Planned investments at this site include a new Manheim Retail Advantage reconditioning facility with 14 lifts, as well as a remodeled building to provide an indoor sale environment for heavy truck, boat, RV and salvage specialty units.
Manheim Riverside offers a variety of services for clients, including a Volkswagen Credit /Audi Financial Services Technical Operations Center with 22 lifts, a Ready Logistics office and a one of-its-kind, 21,000-square-foot indoor condition report writing facility that can process more than 125,000 vehicles per year. Enhanced vehicle imaging booths have been added to more efficiently process images for wholesale and vehicle remarketing, and Xeriscaping was installed to conserve water.
Manheim San Diego recently renovated the front office and dealer services center in its main building and upgraded equipment in the mechanic and reconditioning shops. In 2013, a ground-mount solar array was installed at the Oceanside facility.
Manheim California recently installed a new digital hub with supplemental technology to help clients efficiently expedite their business, as well as a new inspection canopy to improve the condition report writing process at the Anaheim-based location.