Last week Electric Guard Dog’s CEO Jack DeMao and crew went to Orlando to attend a perennial favorite: the National Auto Auction Association Convention. NAAA represents more than 335 auto auctions both domestic and international, with more than 8.7 million units sold each year, and the convention has been taking place since 1948.
Electric Guard Dog's Randy Mullis with Michele Noblitt of
Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies
A Year of Advocacy
This year’s president of NAAA, Ellie Johnson, announced she will be focusing on legislative advocacy for the industry. “Staying abreast of changing laws and fighting legislation that hinders our industry is very important,” Johnson noted. The General Manager of Manheim North Carolina, Johnson is the fourth female elected to NAAA’s top leadership spot since its’ founding, and she has more than 10 years of service on the association’s membership committee.
Electric Guard Dog's Shara Turley with Don Sistrunk and
Michael McCollum of Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction
Auto auction veteran Gregg Kobel was awarded the Industry Pioneer Award. Kobel has spent more than four decades in the auto auction industry: he served as NAAA president in 2007-2008 as well as chairman of the association's board of directors. During his term as president, Kobel worked diligently to boost member participation, streamline the organization's committee structure, launch an awareness marketing campaign, and create the Annual Review publication that examines the events of the previous year. He also proposed a common technology platform for data analytics and, while in office, pushed for the industry's development of a web-based, single-point inventory locator tool for both wholesale buyers and sellers.
We join in congratulating Gregg — it’s an award well deserved.
Randy Mullis with David Angelicchio of Winchester Auto Auction
We’re very proud of the reputation Electric Guard Dog has in the auto auction industry. Auto auction yards are vast, high value targets for theft, while the inventory is constantly in flux. Deterring theft for many of our clients was nigh on impossible until they installed our electric security fence. Client after client stopped by to tell their stories, saying their theft problems “literally stopped overnight.” Thanks for the shares and in case you’re wondering, no, we never get tired of hearing that story.
Chief Executive Officer Frank Hackett stopped by to let us know that next year the NAAA will be combining conferences with the National Remarketing Conference (NRC). Sounds great — we look forward to it, as always.
Congrats also to Richard Newey of Brasher's Sacramento Auto Auction (pictured with Electric Guard Dog CEO Jack DeMao). Richard won the iPad in this year’s raffle!