Picard Takes Lead of NAAA

By Jeffrey Bellant October 14, 2020

In a live-streamed ceremony, the National Auto Auction Association installed Julie Picard as president with a virtual passing of the gavel from outgoing executive Laura Taylor.

Julie Picard
Julie Picard

The online event was held Oct. 8 as part of NAAA’s Presidential Transition Day in place of the traditional leadership transfer at the annual convention, which was canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Preceding the installation of officers, the organization conducted a digital NAAA Board of Directors meeting and an interactive All Member meeting.

The time-honored program began with the always revered presentation of both the American and Canadian national anthems performed on screen by vocalist Tammy Swofford. It also included the customary gift of luggage to the president by the National Automobile Dealers Association, the delivery of the keys to the president’s car from Ford Motor Company, and the awarding of the President’s Ring from Black Book.

NAAA Chief Executive Officer Frank Hackett said that producing the cyber ceremony was important to maintaining the continuity of the ritual of coming together for 72 years and a small sense of normality in this time of disruption and disorder in daily life.

“And just because we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our convention for the sake of our membership’s well being, we didn’t want to forgo the meaningful moments of the transfer of officers at every annual meeting,” Hackett noted. “This is the time when we can welcome Julie as our new president and pledge her our support while we also congratulate Laura on her outstanding efforts leading the association and industry through the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic. Both incoming and outgoing presidents deserve this public appreciation of their service.” 



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