Having the 2013 National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) Annual Convention in ADESA’s hometown of Indianapolis was an honor. Throughout the week, we were excited to have so many opportunities to share our industry experiences and learn from one another. Here are just a few of the sights and sounds from the week.
Congratulating Paul Lips on an outstanding year as NAAA president and hearing his final speech was an inspiring moment for all of us at ADESA. We also welcomed Jack Neshe as the incoming president of NAAA; we wish Jack the best of luck in the upcoming year in his role.
NAAA also honored several influential members with prestigious awards. Congratulations to Jack and Jacque Kesler, owners of Kesler-Schaefer Auto Auction, who were recognized as pioneers of the industry and for their contributions to the remarketing profession; George Heppe, president and owner of GigglePop.com, on receiving the 2013 Marie Hingst Exhibitor of the Year Award; and Jack Davis on his NAAA 2013 Bernie Hart Memorial Auctioneer Award for more than half a century as a talented auctioneer. A special congratulations to our very own Kenny Osborn, ADESA Dallas general manager and Henry Stanley, Carolina Auto Auction’s president and owner, for their inductions to the NAAA Hall of Fame.
Several different NAAA committees also took this opportunity to meet, including the NAAA Legislative Committee. They gathered to discuss important issues, including updates on wholesale dealer licensing. ADESA employees Michelle Mallon (co-chair), Jane Morgan and Jack Neshe were pleased to welcome Carol Mihalik, Indiana Secretary of State, and Noel Sykes, an enforcement attorney for Indiana, to the committee meeting.
Another highlight of the event was keynote speaker, Lou Holtz. His insightful speech applied incredibly well to the industry, and his main five points resonated with many of us. Here are some of Lou’s words of wisdom:
- How well you do something is determined by your attitude.
- Have the passion to win and be successful.
- Focus on your purpose.
- Be a dreamer.
- Make good choices, and focus on having good relationship with people.
We also heard from Thomas Frey, futurist and founder of the DaVinci Institute, on thought-provoking concepts about the automotive industry as we accelerate toward the future. Some interesting topics he discussed included the future of driverless cars, connected vehicle (C2V) technology, and how jobs and manufacturing in the future will gradually shift to other areas of transportation.
Also, Rusty Haight, director of The Collision Safety Institute and self-proclaimed “Human Crash Dummy,” showed us the remarkable capabilities of the Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) tool and how it is making strides in improving vehicular safety.
While NAAA attendees were busy at sessions and speeches, several of their spouses had fun giving back and exploring the city. The group gathered to pack 452 American Red Cross comfort kits for Indiana families. They then visited Indy’s Easley Winery for a “Grape to Glass” winery tour and tasting.
We hope everyone enjoyed the NAAA Convention—and Indianapolis—as much as we did. See you next year in Boston!