Louisiana’s 1st Choice names new director, manager

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

ServNet recently announced that Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction (LFCAA) of Hammond, La., one of its auction members, has chosen to promote two of its employees.

Bridget Higginbotham, who has been with LFCAA for 14 years, has moved into the role of new business development director. Meanwhile, Katie Alombro, who has been with the auction for eight years, was promoted to office manager. 

In her new role, Higginbotham will be tasked with developing new accounts, both institutional and dealer.

Additionally, Alombro, who most recently served as a title clerk, now is responsible for overseeing titles, payments, collections and the LFCAA office staff.

Akron Auto Auction team members following Ally’s award presentation (left to right): Jeff Stine of Akron, Allysa Short of Akron, Brent Ramels of Ally, Chad Bailey of Akron, Kevin Valimont of Ally and Brigette Shepler of Akron. Photo courtesy of ServNet.

"Katie and Bridget show pride in their work, innovation and creativity in their jobs, and a willingness to do what it takes to make our customers happy," LAFCAA owner and managing partner John Poteet said. "In short, they are successful, loyal employees and are a representative of the type of people that work here. I am proud of them and their achievements."

Ally honors ServNet member for sales growth

Ally recently recognized Akron Auto Auction, another ServNet member, with its SmartAuction's Greatest Year-Over-Year Sales Growth Award for 2016.

"Our entire auction team is thrilled to receive this SmartAuction award," Chad Bailey, president of Akron Auto Auction said. "Since our first year with SmartAuction in 2010, the online platform has become an invaluable tool for us, allowing us to help customers expand the market for their vehicles and maximize resale values."

Bailey said the auction first posted 100 vehicles to SmartAuction in 2010 and volume has increased steadily since.

Akron Auto Auction strengthened its volume by 254 percent in 2016 over the prior year, according to Bailey.

Ally’s senior account manager of independent auctions Brent Ramels and its director of sales operations Kevin Valimont visited the auction to present the award.

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