Nichols Receives the Gavel

By Staff Writer September 30, 2021


R. Charles Nichols has been installed as president of the National Auto Auction Association for the 2021-2022 term. Nichols became president during a virtual passing of the gavel from outgoing NAAA President Julie Picard. The event was broadcast from NAAA headquarters in Frederick, Md.

Nichols has had a distinguished career in the auto auction industry. He began his vehicle remarketing career in 1983 when he joined Bel Air Auto Auction. He is currently president of Bel Air and president of its parent company, BSC America, a collection of privately held asset management companies, which counts Tallahassee Auto Auction among its holdings. He has worked in close partnership with his family, with his father Raymond Nichols serving as chairman and his sister Michelle Nichols-Neff serving as executive vice president of BSC America. 

Nichols’ previous executive leadership roles include terms as ServNet’s vice president, president, and chairman. He also served two years as ServNet’s designated board member for Auto Auctions Services Corporation/AutoIMS. 

Throughout his career, Nichols has been an active member and supporter of NAAA. He was previously NAAA vice president and president-elect. Nichols has served on various committees, the NAAA Board of Directors, and was Eastern Chapter president in 2015-2016. 

Along with outgoing NAAA President Julie Picard and former NAAA President Laura Taylor, he helped lead NAAA and the auto auction industry through challenging times during the pandemic and helped keep the industry thriving. 

During his initial remarks as NAAA president, Nichols outlined several key priorities for his term, including promoting NAAA’s digital job board, and a continued focus on diversity and inclusion, safety, and compliance. 

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