Pollak, Huang Receive Warren Young Fellow Awards

By Staff Writer February 08, 2024 2039

The National Auto Auction Association has presented Dale Pollak and Grace Huang each with a Warren Young Fellow award. The awards were presented to Pollak and Huang by NAAA President Eric Autenrieth at NAAA’s 2024 Total Access Meeting in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Pollak’s award is in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to the automotive industry.” Huang was honored for her “unparalleled service and dedication to advancing the wholesale auto auction industry and her commitment to advocating for diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Pollak’s career in the automotive industry spans more than four decades. He is the founder of vAuto and executive vice president at Cox Automotive. As a dealer, technology entrepreneur, and best-selling author, Pollak has helped over 12,000 automotive dealers in North America make dramatic improvements in their new and used vehicle operations.

A former Cadillac dealer in Chicago, Pollak’s entrepreneurial career resulted from his unique circumstances of not being able to physically see his dealership’s used vehicle inventory due to a degenerative retinal condition. This led him to pioneer the use of data science evaluating used vehicles, ultimately creating software solutions based on local market supply/demand metrics that informed critical used vehicle decisions.

Today, Pollak’s investment and market-based approach, Variable Management, serves as the driving methodology for vAuto, the company he founded in 2005. A part of Cox Automotive since 2010, vAuto solutions are used by thousands of dealers every day. Pollak continues to guide strategic integrations and innovations for vAuto and other Cox Automotive brands as a part of the company’s executive leadership team.

Huang is president of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions. The group connects Manheim with a suite of global inventory management solutions such as vAuto, Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer, and Upside. Huang leads groups within Cox Automotive that include Manheim Marketplace, Manheim Digital, Inventory Management Solutions, Safety, Logistics, and Cox Automotive International.

Huang’s industry honors and leadership recognitions are numerous and include Northwood University’s “2022 Distinguished Women Award.”

NAAA presented Pollak and Huang each with a $2,500 donation to the NAAA Warren Young Sr. Scholastic Foundation.

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