Kevin Brown has worked with the Stanley-Autenrieth Auction Group as a consultant since October, handling special projects for both auctions in the group. Since November he has overseen a major facility upgrade at Indiana Auto Auction.
On Wednesday, Eric Autenrieth of the Stanley-Autenrieth Auction Group announced that industry veteran Brown has been named Indiana Auto Auction managing partner.
For 18 years, Brown served as general manager and minority owner at Missouri Auto Auction. During his tenure, he also served in major roles for ServNet’s board of directors, including as group president from 2015 to 2017 and chairman of the board from 2017 to 2019.
His major facility upgrade oversight at Indiana Auto Auction included designing and building a new restaurant. In addition, he and Indiana Auto Auction staff members evaluated auction operations, working to improve processes and efficiencies in all departments.
Brown expects to spend time meeting with national accounts and many of the region’s franchised and independent auto dealers. He will seek innovative methods of serving each customer’s individual needs in the fleet/lease area or on the dealer side.
“We’ve had the distinct pleasure to work alongside Kevin for many, many years, as he has led his own auction operation and served in many leadership posts within the auction industry,” Autenrieth said in a news release. “A great operator with a keen auction mind, he has been a driving force in developing far-reaching initiatives as well as focusing on operational efficiencies and customer service. We are delighted to welcome him as a managing partner at Indiana Auto Auction.”
Kevin Brown. Photo courtesy of ServNet.
Brown described joining the Indiana Auto Auction team as a good opportunity to “work with a great family which is firmly dedicated to their businesses and the industry.”
“Indiana Auto Auction has tremendous potential for continued growth and presence in the Midwest, and I’m excited to work with general manager Luke Dietrick and the auction team to expand its customer base, along with enhancing auction operations,” Brown said. “Like its sister-affiliate, Carolina Auto Auction, Indiana Auto Auction offers its customers a superior auction experience, and topping my vision for the auction going forward is to ensure that all our customers think of Indiana Auto Auction as their ‘home’ in the auction business.”
A member of ServNet, Indiana Auto Auction was established in 1965. With a customer base of more than 3,500 dealers, it features eight lanes and offers more than 600 light-duty vehicles and two lanes offering more than 100 heavy-duty vehicles. Serving clients such as Avis, Emkay, Exeter, UAC, Sageant and Nicholas Financial, it also serves many local financial institutions and new- and used-car dealerships in a six-state area.