Manheim has named Joe Kichler to vice president of Manheim Logistics where he will be responsible for overseeing business strategy and operations for the company’s leading logistics brands. Ready Logistics, a full-service transportation service, and Central Dispatch, a self-managed transportation solution, offer clients a range of transportation services that help them move vehicles more efficiently.   

In this role, Kichler’s key focus areas will include strengthening strategic relationships with carriers, improving on-time delivery for shippers and positioning the operation for future growth. In addition, he will lead Manheim Logistics’ transformation, aimed at addressing the shortage of transport drivers, enhancing safety and efficiencies for clients and preparing the organization for a fast-growing digital future.  Kichler reports to Grace Huang, president of Manheim. 

Kichler joined Manheim in 2012 as vice president of operational excellence. Most recently, he served as vice president of group strategy, responsible for strategic planning for Manheim and the retail solutions groups, which consists of Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealertrack.

Kichler holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, with highest honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Sandhills Global will host auctioneer-training forums in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Leesburg, Va., on Jan. 9. Both forums will feature seminars focused on a range of best practices for successful auction management and business growth. Sandhills is the tech company behind Auction Flex,,, and many other brands, all of which serve to help connect buyers and sellers across multiple industries.

The forums will provide attendees the opportunity to network with fellow auctioneers and learn about the latest capabilities of continually evolving auction technologies. Attendees will also receive hours that can be applied toward continuing education hours for the National Auctioneers Association.

Enterprise Holdings is honoring 13 vehicle auction companies from across the country with its 2019 Auction Achievement Awards. The annual program recognizes Enterprise Holdings’ automotive auction partners for their exceptional services and support efforts to remarket the company’s late-model, low-mileage, well-maintained rental and fleet vehicles to potential buyers.

 Awards are presented in two categories: whole-car auctions and damaged-vehicle auctions. Recipients are recognized for exceptional performance in the areas of communication, customer service, marketing and reconditioning, operational success, and strategic planning.

The 2019 Auction Achievement Award winners in the whole-car category are:

  • Fredericksburg Auto Auction
  • ADESA New Jersey
  • ADESA Los Angeles
  • Manheim Riverside
  • Manheim Nevada

The 2019 Auction Achievement Award winners in the damaged-vehicle category are:

  • Insurance Auto Auctions Houston
  • Insurance Auto Auctions Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Manheim Dallas TRA
  • Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies
  • Bel Air Auto Auction
  • Manheim Central California TRA
  • TRA – Southern California
  • Manheim Tampa TRA

Ellie Johnson, general manager of Manheim Statesville in North Carolina, received the National Auto Auction Hall of Fame Award during the association’s recent annual convention.

Johnson is the daughter of the late Kenneth Aycock, a longtime auctioneer who started Aycock Auto Auction in 1984. He later sold the sale that is now Manheim North Carolina.

Before joining her father’s auction in 1986 she earned a degree in accounting and served as general manager from 1997 until 2016, when she became GM of Manheim Statesville.

She served on the board of directors of NAAA's Southern Chapter and held the office of that chapter's treasurer, vice president and president.

She also sat on the political action and membership committees before being elected to the association's executive team. As NAAA's president from 2014 to 2015, Johnson was instrumental in launching a safety awareness and accident prevention initiative.

DAA Northwest, a Spokane, Wash.-based auction and part of the McConkey Auction Group, won the National Auto Auction Association’s Auction of the Year Award for Excellence in Community Service.

DAA Northwest beat out fellow finalists, ADESA Boston, Columbus Fair Auto Auction and Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction.

DAA Northwest received the top honor for its outstanding efforts to address the domestic violence, abuse, homelessness, hunger, school absenteeism, achievement gap, and other issues afflicting the children of its historically impoverished community.

NAAA established the annual awards in 2016 to recognize the many charitable acts auctions already perform and to encourage even greater volunteer involvement.

The winner of the annual award receives a large crystal cup and plus $20,000 payable to the auction’s chosen charity.