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McConkey Auction Group announced the successful launch of LiveLanes in conjunction with its MAG Now digital auction. The company conducted its first LiveLanes event in the lower 48 states on April 10th. LiveLanes has been featured at MAG Alaska, its Anchorage location since January. The company plans to expand the application to its additional MAG Now lanes soon. 

“Incorporating EBlock’s LiveLanes simulcast solution with its powerful digital auction platform is a win for our dealers,” says Brian McConkey, MAG Now’s general manager. “The energy, momentum, and relationships that live auctioneers facilitate create an engaging auction experience.”

MAG Now’s customers find LiveLanes in Lanes A, B, C, and G every Wednesday at 1 PM (PT). Lanes A, B, and C offer consignment from the lower 48 states’ Pacific Northwest region, while Lane G features Alaska vehicles. Lanes D, E, and F will transition from purely digital to LiveLanes sales in the coming weeks. 

Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction has recently partnered with Auction Management Solutions for business development consulting.    

AMS provides consulting services to the automotive industry, including independent auto auctions. One of the key areas AMS focuses on is providing Business Development services by contacting National Consignors to solicit auction partners for the liquidation of their assets.

“We are very excited to be a part of the AMS Group of independent auctions," said Kristie Letizia, owner of Greater Milwaukee Auto Auction. “Over the last several years, we have built a great base of dealer consignment and fleet lease business and feel that the timing is right to start expanding further into the national consignor space. We think AMS will be a great help to us in achieving our goals." 

AMS also provides services that include compliance, marketing, financial analysis, internet and outside-the-gate sales, sales training, EV solutions, lot operations and data reviews. 

Tom Stewart, President, and Founder of AMS, said, “We are equally very excited to be working with the team at GMAA. Drew Hoenecke, fleet lease manager at GMAA, has a great reputation within the National Account community, previously holding positions with Credit Acceptance and Wachovia Bank. Drew's background and experience from both sides of the business gives them a huge leg up in understanding customer needs.” 

Ron Kruczynski has been named the new chief financial officer at America’s Group, the parent company of America’s Auto Auction and AXLE Funding.

Kruczynski holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Augustana College and an MBA in marketing from DePaul Driehaus College of Business. He is also a certified public accountant.

Prior to joining America’s Group, Kruczynski garnered extensive CFO experience in private equity-owned portfolio companies, including RoadSafe, Paper Source, iHeart Radio, and Highway Technologies.

“Joining America’s Group is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a dynamic team and help drive the company’s financial success,” said Kruczynski. “I look forward to collaborating with our talented team to further enhance our financial operations and support the company’s growth objectives.”

Kruczynski’s appointment is effective immediately. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing all financial operations of America’s Group including strategic financial planning, risk management, and performance measurement.

“We are confident that Ron’s extensive experience and strong track record will greatly benefit America’s Group,” said Chuck Tapp, chief executive officer of America’s Group. “His strategic vision, integrity, and commitment to excellence align perfectly with our mission to provide high-quality service and operational execution for our dealers and institutional customers.”

In addition to his corporate roles, Kruczynski has also dedicated his time and expertise to Servv International, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.