The Midwest Chapter of the National Auto Auction Association has won the NAAA Political Action Committee PAC Cup Challenge for the first time after contributing $10,000.
The PAC Cup will be awarded to the Midwest Chapter Board of Directors during the NAAA/NRC Convention in La Quinta, Calif.
Five years ago, the National Auto Auction Association created its own political action committee (NAAAPAC). The PAC Cup Challenge is designed to spur fundraising efforts. The name of that regional chapter will be engraved on a large trophy to honor the members’ efforts.
This year more than $30,000 was raised nationally.
ADESA Winnipeg has been named for the second consecutive year the National Auto Auction Association’s 2017 Eastern Chapter Auto Auction of the Year for its outstanding public service.
The Manitoba, Canada, business was chosen for its tireless volunteer efforts that includes employees planning, piloting and participating in more than 55 events to raise over $3.5 million for a variety of regional causes.
The auction will be one of four finalists representing NAAA’s Eastern, Midwest, Southern and Western chapters competing for the top honor of NAAA’s “Auto Auction of the Year Award for Excellence in Community Service.” Each of the contenders will be recognized at the association’s annual convention in November with a crystal trophy. They will also get a photo in NAAA’s member publications and $5,000 payable to a charity of the auction’s choice.
KAR Auction Services Inc. will host the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) Safety Day.
The event will take place at the company’s ADESA Boston auction location on July 25. Leaders from NAAA member auctions across the country will convene to learn, listen and exchange best practices and ideas for how the industry can better and more proactively address safety risks.
All NAAA member auctions are invited and encouraged to attend Safety Day, but space is limited to the first 75 registrants. Leaders from KAR and ADESA Boston will be on hand to demonstrate their auction safety protocols.
Participants will also tour the ADESA Boston facility to see some of the physical design elements KAR has implemented to improve safety. The agenda will also feature presentations on OSHA’s 10-hour course to improve industrial workplace safety and NAAA’s safety certification program.
KAR and NAAA have partnered since 2015 to make KAR’s Safe T. Sam program available at no cost to all NAAA member auctions. The program guides auction employees through a comprehensive series of safety training modules to reduce auction risks. Safe T. Sam, KAR’s safety program mascot, will also be onsite at the event.
More than 7,000 people in the wholesale auto auction industry have become safety certified in the 14 months since the National Auto Auction Association launched its free, online safety training program.
NAAA's Auction Safety Certification and Lane Safety Training instructional series promote greater safety awareness and accident prevention through short educational videos. One significant aspect is its multi-tiered structure with courses aimed at both full- and part-time auction employees.
NAAA created the "100% Safety Certified Award" to encourage participation and recognize auctions that have had their entire workforce successfully complete the program.
In the NAAA Auction Safety Certification course, staff members view a series of 12 short videos and take a brief quiz at the end of each one. The entire course can be done in about an hour. Temporary agency drivers take the 20-minute NAAA Lane Safety Training course and test, after which a certificate is emailed directly to them and the auction that requested the instruction. Certifications must be renewed annually.
The National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) announced the retention of noted automotive industry consultant Glenn Mercer to undertake a 10-year look ahead into the future of wholesale auto auctions.
NAAA has concluded that it is in the best interests of its members to provide them with objective and informed research into how these and other changes might affect their future prospects. Armed with such research, members will be better equipped to revise and update their business plans.
An experienced auto-industry consultant, Mercer will create a 10-year forecast for the auction industry, based on wide-ranging interviews with industry participants and research into changes in the industry's supply, demand, and technology environments.
The National Auto Auction Association brought the sights, sounds and excitement of an auto auction to Capitol Hill recently, complete with auctioneer, eight colorful quarter-scale cutouts of vehicles and stacks of crisp "NAAA bucks" for bidding.
For the staffers and legislative aides of the Senate Automotive Caucus members filling the Russell Office Building conference room, the mock auction was an interactive part of NAAA's effort to educate policymakers about the wholesale auto auction business and the vital role auctions play in both the auto industry and the nation's economy.
Prior to the lively sales day simulation, NAAA presented a new 30-minute video it produced depicting the entire auction process, from vehicles arriving via transport truck, inspection, check-in, repair, painting and reconditioning, photo booth and sale staging to sales day bidding, and check out. The film also emphasized the credentialing of wholesale dealers.
Attending the session were staff from the offices of caucus members Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. James Risch (R-ID), and Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL). In addition, U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the congressional Joint Economic Committee, sent representatives.
NAAA hosted a reception following the event where the legislative aides had an opportunity for more in-depth discussions with NAAA members. Those included ADESA's Paul Lips, Heather Greenawald, Elizabeth Murphy and Warren Clauss (NAAA President-elect); Cox Automotive's Craig Amelung and Karyn Wrye; and Independent Auction Group Co-chair Charlotte Pyle.
In addition to Heon, Sante Esposito, president of lobbying firm Key Advocates Inc., and NAAA Chief Executive Officer Frank Hackett accompanied the delegation.
The National Auto Auction Association has updated its arbitration policy.
The NAAA says the purpose of this updated arbitration policy and guidelines are to continue efforts to conduct transactions with transparency and to build credibility within the industry, products and relationships. It creates a consistent experience, which in turn benefits the seller, the auction, and the customers.
The updates are effective immediately. The updated policies can be reviewed under the policy section at www.naaa.com.
Manheim is adding a charitable element to this year’s month-long Dashing Through the Lanes holiday campaign.
The program provides opportunities for Manheim to thank its dealer clients for their business as well as help them end their sales year strong. Additionally, the nationwide campaign unites the teams at Manheim’s U.S. operating locations with avenues for local giving opportunities.
A new campaign allows dealers to help make a difference in the lives of needy children in their local communities through Manheim’s partnership with Toys for Tots. Every Manheim location in the U.S. will serve as a Toys for Tots drop-off location where dealers can donate much-needed toys or money to make sure less fortunate children in their local community receive gifts this holiday season.
For four weeks, until Dec. 23, dealers who attend any of Manheim’s sales in-lane or via Simulcast will automatically be entered to win daily prize package giveaways. Additionally, OVE will celebrate 12 Days of Dashing Dec. 10 through Dec. 21 by giving away daily prizes to select dealer clients who complete online transactions during that time.
The National Auto Auction Association has selected Bob Rauschenberg as an auction NAAA Pioneer.
The NAAA Pioneer Award honors those who have worked in the wholesale motor vehicle industry and/or NAAA and have brought innovation and enhanced methods of improving services to remarketers through NAAA member auctions. Earning the honor means the recipient has consistently followed the standards of the NAAA Code of Ethics.
Earlier this year he was honored with the 2016 Circle of Excellence Award by the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance during its convention.
Rauschenberg initially entered the automotive industry as a fleet administrator with Allstate Insurance Co., followed by a move into a managerial role with a major car rental company.
He later became vice president of remarketing for two of the largest fleet-lease companies in North America. He has held key positions in the auction industry including president of ADT Auction Services Division and executive vice president of sales and marketing for ADESA from 1995 until 2000.
He joined ABC Auto Auctions in 2000 and became its president. He worked there until April 2007, at which time he returned to ADESA to once again serve in the role of executive vice president of sales and marketing.