Roundup: Auction anniversary, fundraising & sales

CARY, N.C. - 

Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction, an XLerate Group auction, will celebrate its 41st year anniversary on Thursday with a special sale.

In honor of its anniversary, GKAA said it will award more than a total of $15,000 in cash and prizes to a number of potential dealer customers who attend the sale this week.

Each Thursday, the auction holds its dealer sale at 10 a.m., with 600 plus dealers in attendance, according to GKAA.

GKAA was founded in 1976 and currently consists of a 26,000 square foot facility on 65 acres.

The auction also has a 9-bay reconditioning facility, a full-service mechanical repair shop and transportation department.

“By taking advantage of the many services offered by Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction, each customer expands his own automotive marketing efforts and benefits in terms of time and financial return,” GKAA general manager Daryl DeVries said in a news release.

“Above all, each customer, whether buying or selling, returns time and time again because of the special qualities that set GKAA apart from the rest.  We have a strong team of loyal employees that goes the extra mile each and every week.”

IAG names fundraising challenge winners

The Independent Auction Group recently announced the winners of its March Madness bracket challenge, a fundraising effort the group held in collaboration with Dyer Auto Auction last month. 

Participants were asked to mail in a dollar for each bracket to be put into a trophy.

IAG's top three finishers for this year were women. The first place title went to Britney Egbert, fleet/lease manager at Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho.

Each year's winner gets to keep the trophy filled with the bills for one year until the next challenge and a new winner is chosen. The funds accumulated are to be used for any charitable effort of the winners choosing.

GAA launches two promotions

ServNet recently announced that auction group member Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) recently kicked off its BB&T/Regional promotion, X-Factor, along with  a new promotion that allows its dealers to enter a pool to win a quad.

The newly adopted quad promotion is a three-month event that will end in June.

Additionally, GAA said recently the acution has had a notable number of strong sales, which include its AdrenaLANE Sale, a sale that highlights specialty units such as powersports, sports cars, golf carts, and RV's, according to auction general manager Billy Willis.

“Greenville Auto Auction is eager to continue building great relationships with dealers and is looking forward to the auctions ahead,” GAA said.

CarMax set to bring first stores to Puget Sound Area


CarMax will open two new stores in the state of Washington — the used-car retailer’s first locations in the Puget Sound region — the company announced on Friday.

One store will be in the city of Lynnwood at 202 Valley Avenue Northwest and the other will be located in in the city of Puyallup at 21317 Highway 99.

CarMax said the new locations will provide more than 200 new jobs to the area and will supply customers with around 200 to 400 vehicle options of nearly every make and model.

In addition to the vehicles ready to purchase at each location, customers can ask for transfers of just about any vehicle at other locations nationwide, according to the retailer.

“Our company is committed to making every step of the car buying process stress-free for our customers, and we look forward to serving the Puget Sound region with the great customer experience CarMax is known for,” Bill Nash, president and chief executive officer of CarMax, said in a news release.

At a grand opening celebration on Friday, CarMax said the CarMax Foundation was set to give out $25,000 in grants and donations to local organizations, including Junior Achievement of Washington and Communities in Schools of Puyallup.

Associates of Lynnwood and Puyallup locations chose the two organizations and have participated in volunteer events with both groups, according to CarMax.

“We are honored to support these organizations and admire their dedication to serving area youth,” David Thompson, location general manager of the CarMax in Lynnwood said. “The community has been very welcoming of CarMax and we look forward to being a great regional partner, while serving customers for years to come."

Additionally, CarMax announced it also has plans to invest approximately $95,000 to fund a Puget Sound area playground, which has been projected to be built next year through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that encourages children to get the balance of play they need to grow into healthy and successful adults.

TIME, Ally recognize 2017 Dealer of Year


Ally and TIME held a celebration event in Kentucky on Monday to honor the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year winner — Carl Swope — a second-generation dealer who currently oversees six dealerships representing nine brands in Elizabethtown, Ky., and Radcliff, Ky.

Swope was selected from a group of 49 nominees from across the country who are successful auto dealers that demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service, Ally said.

The event was held at Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown. Business leaders from TIME and Ally joined local government officials and dealership personnel in attendance.

Ally said Swope has been chosen for his community involvement, support of civic activities, and dedication to local nonprofit organizations such as Hardin Memorial Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Project United.

"On behalf of all of us at Ally, we are honored to recognize Carl Swope and his commitment to doing right and bettering the community and the state of Kentucky," Ally president of auto finance Tim Russi said in a news release. "Carl Swope embodies the character and type of leader that the Time Dealer of the Year program was built to recognize."

Swope and his family of dealerships have particularly supported the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties since its founding in 2002.

In honor of Swope being named dealer of the year, Ally donated a $10,000 grant to the clinic.

"We are so grateful for Carl Swope's involvement with the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties," chairman of the board of directors Dr. William Handley said. "We are elated that Carl has been chosen for this prestigious award, and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution to this organization. Day in and day out he continues to inspire and encourage thousands of community members."

Swope was first announced as the TIME Dealer of the Year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 27.

For more information about the award program, or to read about this year’s nominees, visit www.allydealerheroes.com.

Manheim Orlando honored for community service


Manheim Orlando, one of the largest operating facilities of Manheim North America, was recently named Big Business of the Year by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the location’s local economic impact and the team’s dedication to community service.

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce presented the Manheim Orlando team with its Big Business of the Year award at the organization’s Big Orange Awards on Feb. 6.

“To be recognized for investing in our community and for doing what we enjoy as a team is quite an honor,” Manheim Orlando general manager Butch Herdegen said in a news release.

“We are always looking for opportunities to partner with people and organizations that make a difference for families who live and work in Orlando, and we’ll continue to serve others in 2017.”

Last year, Manheim Orlando supported Christmas in July, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, Orlando Science Center, Christian Service Center, the YMCA and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

The team was also recognized by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce for partnering with Ben’s Maintenance, Mike’s Security and Danny’s Outside Ops to host the Chamber’s Hob Nob and Straw Poll event.

About 350 full-time and part-time members make up the Manheim Orlando team.

According to Manheim, an estimated 3,300 independent, franchise and commercial dealers visit the 286-acre location weekly, and it facilitates more than $3 billion in wholesale automotive transactions annually.

NADA looks to improve financial literacy via Junior Achievement partnership

TYSONS, Va. - 

The National Automobile Dealers Association and the NADA Women Directors, in partnership with Junior Achievement USA, is teaching financial education courses to students through a volunteer program.

The initiative, termed the NADA Financial Literacy Program, was launched during the NADA Convention in New Orleans in January. It grew from insight gathered over the past few years at the Women Dealers’ Networking Event, held during NADA.

“A goal of the partnership is to get new-car dealers or dealership representatives in communities across the country to become volunteers in the program,” said Michelle Primm, managing partner of Cascade Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Primm provides financially focused curriculum to students in her local school district through Junior Achievement. 

“We are thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with NADA and NADA’s Women Directors who have demonstrated commitment to the financial literacy initiative,” said Laura Goodman, vice president of volunteer engagement for Junior Achievement.

“We look forward to working with and exceeding the expectations of NADA and their dealer members in an effort to impact young people across the country,” Goodman continued.

To learn more about how to become a volunteer in the program, contact Deborah Stevens at dstevens@nada.org or call (703) 827-6861.

Seeking Workforce Study participants

NADA is also inviting dealerships to participate in its Dealership Workforce Study. The DWS provides unique analysis of dealership pay plans and benefit packages, retention and turnover, employee benefits, work schedules and demographics.

Dealerships who participate in the study will receive two complimentary reports: Automotive Retail: National and Regional Trends in Compensation, Benefits and Retention and a custom report, which includes comparisons of the dealership(s) to peers nationally, regionally, by state and brand.

To take part in the study, visit www.nadaworkforcestudy.com. All data must be submitted by April 28. Questions can be sent to workforcestudy@nada.org.

Ga. auction hosts annual sale, donates over $4K to Shriners Hospital


Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah announced that it raised more than $4,000 to give Shriners Hospital for Children and hosted its annual “Cars, Cash & Caring Sale” earlier this month.

“It was a great day for Shriners Hospital for Children thanks to our generous dealers,” Southeastern Auto Auction vice president Bill McCready said in a news release.

“In 2016 we were able to donate over $10,000 to this great organization. Our goal is to beat that number this year and we are off to a good start.”

The auction raised a portion of the donation at the third annual sale event through 50/50 drawings and over the previous five weeks collected an auction contribution for every transaction made.

Regardless of a child’s family’s ability to pay, Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah said, Shriners Hospital for Children is committed to providing the best care for children in the areas of orthopedics, burn care, spinal cord Injury and cleft lip and palate.

Additionally, at the sale event, the auction featured a large run of vehicles as well as record consignment of fleet/lease/bank and rental units, according to the auction.

“Our institutional business has grown rapidly over the last two years and it was on display for this sale. It was a great day for both buyers and sellers. Katie Rushing (national remarketing manager for SEAA) offered a record number of vehicles from her accounts,” McCready added. 

Following the sale, $25,000 in cash and prizes was given away.

The giveaways included $10,000 in cash, a 75 inch Samsung television, Bose sound systems, Yeti coolers, custom office furniture, chrome seafood steamers and more, according to the auction.

AUL releases 5-year charitable contribution total

NAPA, Calif. - 

Over five years, AUL Corp. has contributed $173,619.00 to 80 different non-profit organizations, according to the warranty and vehicle service contract administrator.

AUL announced that it publicly disclosed its recent charitable contributions on Thursday.

"At AUL, we believe that getting involved in charity programs contributes to strengthened professional skills, team building, thinking creatively, and contributes to job satisfaction overall — that's why we've created this wonderful opportunity within our company," Luis Nieves, president and chief executive officer of AUL said in a news release.

AUL formed a committee dedicated to coordinating charitable contributions in 2012.

The committee consists of non-management employees who discuss and facilitate contributions.

“This group is staffed by people who were identified by their peers as wonderful ambassadors of AUL and our community,” AUL said.

Non-profit organizations the service contract administrator has given to since 2012 range from Napa, Calif. community food banks to local children's charities, according to AUL.

“One of AUL Core Values is 'Appreciation;' if you ever work with us or spend time in our office you will hear 'Thank you' a lot,” AUL chief operating officer Jimmy Atkinson said.

“We also believe this commitment should be extended to our community. This committee has done a beautiful job."

Jim Ellis group raises $65K for Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs


The Jim Ellis Automotive Group recently announced that it raised $65,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta for the between Nov. 25 and Jan. 2 by setting aside a portion of every new or pre-owned vehicle purchase that occurred at one of its 13 locations for the organization.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta consists of 25 clubs spread across 10 counties.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group president Jimmy Ellis presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta with a check on Jan. 31 at the A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club in Norcross.

 “Through this giving campaign, it became clear very quickly the impact Boys & Girls Clubs have made on many of our customers, staff and community members,” said Ellis in a press release.

“We heard story after story about the personal impact various clubs had made on customers and staff alike during their own youth. Some felt so strongly about the mission and influence of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta that it became a deciding factor in the timeline of their vehicle purchase, wanting to make sure they purchased during the giving campaign period. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the outcome of the campaign and the organization that we will be donating these funds to. It truly was a great season of giving at Jim Ellis Automotive!”

Jim Ellis Automotive surpassed its original donation goal for the campaign by $15,000, according to the auto group.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s locations combined serve more than 3,500 youth daily. Programs are designed to help youth succeed in school, live healthier and become leaders.

“Many of the youth we serve face big challenges. They don’t have access to the resources and relationships they need to excel,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta president and chief executive officer Missy Dugan.

“We are so grateful to partners like Jim Ellis who believe in our kids and invest in their future potential. We know with the right resources and support, these kids and teens will become the next leaders in our community.”

ADESA raises $94K for Canine Companions at NADA


ADESA’s auction at the NADA Convention and Expo on Saturday raised $94,423 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, which supports Canine Companions for Independence — a non-profit organization that provides people with disabilities highly trained service dogs.

“We asked dealers and attendees to bid high in honor of the 100th anniversary of NADA. They responded by generously opening their hearts and wallets to help support two amazing organizations,”  ADESA president and chief executive officer Stéphane St-Hilaire said in a news release. “The NADA Foundation and Canine Companions work to change the lives of veterans and children with disabilities every day. ADESA is very proud to once again play a leading role in supporting these great causes.”

Easterns Automotive Group in Sterling, Va. founder Robert Bassam, placed the first winning bid of $39,000 for a 2015 Polaris utility task vehicle. Joe Verde, president of Joe Verde Group in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., placed the second winning bid of $26,000.

Bassam and Verde donated their vehicles back to ADESA to be re-auctioned

Joel Bassam, Bassam’s son, director of marketing for Easterns Automotive Group, placed the final winning bid of $28,000.

Attendees’ $1,423 in cash donations to brought the final contribution to $94,423.

“I can go out and do things and leave the house because I have him. Canine Companions has made this possible for veterans and so many other people with disabilities,” said Retired Army Sgt. Steve Blackman.

Blackman who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in service represented Canine Companions at the auction with his service dog, Gottlieb.

“My life has completely changed. No longer do I wake every morning wondering what the day is going to bring and if I can make it through it because I have Gottlieb,” said Blackman.

At the past six NADA conventions, ADESA said it has raised more than $334,400 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund.

McCarthy was NADA chief executive from 1968 to 2001.

Sheehy Auto Stores gives over $160,000 to 23 charities


As part of its annual giving program, Sheehy Auto Stores announced on Wednesday that it donated $161,000 to 23 charities in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Richmond, Va.

Each of the company’s dealerships partnered with various non-profit organizations located in the communities they serve.

"Our employees and family of dealerships do much throughout the year in donating time and money for a variety of charities," said Sheehy Auto Stores president Vince Sheehy in a press release.  "We are grateful for our success and pleased to continue our annual end of the year giving campaign that supports a wide array of causes throughout the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas."

A total of $79,000 went to the Washington, D.C. area, $47,000 to Baltimore and $35,000 to Richmond.

Washington, D.C. area

  • Bethany House ($6,000)
  • Center for Children ($5,000)
  • Covenant House Washington ($6,000)
  • Ecumenical Community Helping Others ($5,000)
  • Fauquier F.I.S.H. ($6,000)
  • The First Tree of Howard County ($8,000)
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Church ($5,000)
  • The Good Shepherd Housing ($8,000)
  • Hospice of Charles County ($5,000)
  • The Lamb Center ($5,000)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities ($5,000)
  • SERVE ($10,000)
  • Smashing Walnuts Foundation ($5,000)


  • Anne Arundel Medical Center ($30,000)
  • Anne Arundel County CASA ($7,000)
  • Arundel House of Hope ($5,000)
  • Mosaic Community Services ($5,000)

Richmond, Va.

  • Comfort Zone Camp ($2,500)
  • Mercy Mall of Virginia ($19,000)
  • Patrick Henry YMCA ($3,000)
  • ACES ($2500)
  • Young Life Hanover ($3,000 )
  • Habitat for Humanity ($5,000)