America’s Auto Auction has partnered with logistics technology provider Ship.Cars to implement its transportation management system, LoadMate Pro, at all 38 America’s Auto Auction locations.

“After a comprehensive evaluation of our options and strategy, we chose to partner with Ship.Cars,” America’s Auto Auction vice president of operational excellence Joe Ruch said in a news release. “Its company ethos and leadership align perfectly with our values of transparency, compliance and data security throughout the automotive transportation process.”

In 2023, Ship.Cars integrated its technology with AutoIMS. With the new partnership, America’s Auto Auction auctions are now able to have inventory from their institutional consignors automatically loaded into LoadMate Pro for dispatch.

“Our technology will not only streamline their operation,” Ship.Cars president Eftim Eftimov said, “but will also contribute significantly to their growth.”

One major change, Ship.Cars said in a news release, is in the accounts payable process. Ship.Cars provides standardized invoicing and unique invoice numbers for each transporter, which it said eliminates manual tasks, improves accuracy and saves time.

Ship.Cars’ technology is also designed to offer real-time location status and electronic documentation for condition reports and bills of lading, accelerating dispatching, standardizing compliance and improving transparency throughout the chain of custody.

“Being an agile and progressive company, Ship.Cars will continue to drive advancements that boost efficiency for our clients and their customers,” Eftimov said.

3 executives promoted to VP roles

In other news from America’s Group, the company has promoted three of its executives to vice president positions.

The company announced Keith Fetz has been named vice president of digital sales, Brian Socolofsky is now VP of financial planning and analysis, and Sawyer Walker has assumed the role of VP of revenue.

Chuck Tapp, CEO of America’s Group, expressed his confidence in the new leadership team. “These appointments are a testament to our commitment to growth and innovation,” he said. “Keith, Brian, and Sawyer bring a wealth of experience and a track record of success to their respective roles. I am confident that their contributions will be instrumental in propelling America’s Group to new heights.”

Fetz, who previously served as executive director of digital sales, is an automotive industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, including the development of digital sales strategies that America’s Auto Auction said “significantly boosted” performance at several auction locations.

Keith Fetz

Socolofsky became America’s Auto Auction’s director of FP&A in February 2023 after almost 10 years in various roles with OneAmerica Financial. In a news release, the company said his “innovative perspectives and unwavering dedication to the company’s mission have already left a noteworthy imprint.”

Brian Socolofsky

Walker joined America’s Auto Auction in 2021 as executive director of national sales and has worked in the auto auction industry for more than 10 years, with stops at Brasher’s Auto Auctions and ADESA/KAR Global. America’s Auto Auction cited his “stellar performances” in regional and national sales management roles.

Sawyer Walker