March 24-25, 2020
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Entering in 1995, Master Sergeant Cedric King led an exemplary career within the United States Army. Graduating from the Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, and Ranger courses, the Air Assault Course, and a host of others, King was elevated from an infantry private to a distinguished position of leadership within the Elite Rangers. In like manner, King is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger Competition competitor.
On July 25, 2012, while touring in Afghanistan for the second time, King suffered life altering injuries in consequence of an improvised explosive device. With the explosion causing major internal injuries, permanent loss to parts of both his right arm and hand, the amputation of both his legs, king was determined to overcome.
Applying the same can-do mindset, he previously relied upon to succeed as an elite Army Ranger, in conjunction with the love and support of his wife Khieda and daughters Amari and Khayma, King began to rebuild his life.
Just 21 months after the amputation of his legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, in pace with fellow runners, on prosthetic blades. Since then, King has gone on to compete in several physically daunting events, including a 70.3 mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and Disney's 48.6 mile Marathon series.
While his troops may look different now, Master Sergeant Cedric King continues to lead by example. By sharing his inspirational story with a wide variety of audiences such as schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies, King now inspires and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.
As the ultimate sales and marketing truth slayer, Scott helps organizations see their business through a new lens with his unconventional “unmarketing” views and vanguard approach to building and maintaining real customer relationships.
As the president of Un-Marketing, he has transformed how corporations like PepsiCo, Century 21, Fidelity and Microsoft do business with radical insights on how to engage better with customers through social and viral marketing. Named a top 5 social media power influencer by Forbes.com, Scott elevates the conversation by putting the focus back on what matters most to current and potential buyers, values like trust, authenticity, relationships and service. In 2018, Scott was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame.
Drawing from his experience as a marketing industry innovator and the author of four best-selling business books, he convinces audiences to look at the big picture, which is about creating loyal, repeat customers who become brand evangelists because they genuinely love the goods or services you provide. With humor, passion and candor, Scott blends real world strategies with memorable stories that will completely change the way you market and sell, for the better.
Melinda Zabritski is Senior Director for Experian Automotive’s financial solutions team. Throughout her career with Experian, Zabritski has overseen the product strategy for Experian Automotive’s lending channel and creation of the automotive credit vertical. After over 18 years in product management, she transitioned into sales and consulting. Zabritski also serves as Experian’s primary analyst and spokesperson regarding key automotive finance trends. Prior to joining Experian in 2004, Zabritski spent eight years in various product management and analyst positions within the credit industry, including management and development of credit risk models and market trending tools.
In 1989 Darrin Aiken began working for Wheels, Inc. He started in the vehicle remarketing department as a regional sales manager. In 1999 he was promoted to his current position with responsibility for all wholesale vehicle sales, including sales to drivers and employees. Darrin helped develop the WheelsDirect Program. This program sells vehicles to drivers and employees through Wheels propriety system which is integrated with the new vehicle ordering process, this ensures a fair and equitable way to sell off leased vehicles and assists in the control over the process of selling vehicles to drivers and employees. Darrin is a member of IARA, Used Truck Association, National Association of Fleet Resale Dealers, and participates on both the Manheim Client Advisory Board and the ADESA Advisory Board.
Andrea Amico is a vehicle privacy advocate, a security researcher, and the founder of Privacy4Cars.com, the first and patent-pending mobile process designed to help erase Personal Information collected by vehicles (e.g. contact, call logs, text messages, detailed GPS history, etc.) that millions of drivers unconsciously leave behind every year in vehicles that are sold, rented, returned at the end of a lease, repossessed, and otherwise no longer under their control.
In 2018 Amico responsibly disclosed to the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) a cybersecurity vulnerability nicknamed “CarsBlues” that makes it easy to extract and potentially exploit the Personal Information stored in infotainment systems. The vulnerability affects at least 25 different makes and tens of millions of vehicles with Bluetooth still in circulation, making it possibly the broadest vulnerability ever discovered in vehicles.
Amico co-chairs the Compliance Committee at the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance, is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering Ethics at Kennesaw State University in Georgia (one of the fastest-growing engineering program in the nation) and is increasingly involved with regulators, industry groups, and consumer advocates on the topics of cybersecurity and privacy for automotive.
Mike Antich is executive editor and associate publisher for Automotive Fleet Magazine. Mike has been involved in the fleet industry for more than 25 years, writing and editing more than 5,000 articles on fleet management, in addition to his active membership in industry associations, including the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA), NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA). Mike is a past AFLA president, a 15-year member of the NAFA Foundation Board of Directors, and long-time member of the NAFA Affiliates Committee. He was chairman of the IARA industry task force that developed the first-ever Certified Automotive Remarketers (CAR) program and has served 10 years on the IARA Board of Directors.
Currently President of Akron Auto Auction, Chad is a third-generation owner-operator to the family business which just recently celebrated their 46th anniversary. He is currently the Past President of the National Automobile Auction Association (NAAA) as well as Vice President of the ServNet Auction Group. Born in Canton, OH, Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Miami University in Oxford and a master’s in business administration from the University of West Florida, where he currently serves on their alumni board of directors.
Jeffrey Barber is the President and Owner of State Line Auto Auction, the largest independent auto auction in New York State. A 37-year industry veteran, he became the sole manager of the 3 year-old business in 1984, upon the death of his father.
The auction is situated on over 200 acres in Waverly, NY, and has grown from a small site to its current average consignment between 1100 and 1300 vehicles. In addition to dealer vehicles, SLAA sells for many commercial accounts including national banks, credit unions, subprime lenders, manufacturers, and captive finance companies. The auction has a long tenured staff, and Jeff takes great pride in their years of expertise and customer service excellence. Today, State Line Auto Auction has proceeded into its third generation of family ownership. Jeff’s daughters Emily and Beth, along with his son, Paul, are involved in all aspects of the auction’s operations, along with their mother, Jean. His oldest daughter, Kate, is an attorney in Washington, DC.
Jeff was designated a Warren Young Fellow by the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) in 2011, was named the 2014 Bobit Business Media’s Remarketer of the Year, and was the recipient of the Industry Pioneer Award from the NAAA in 2019. State Line Auto Auction was a founding member of the ServNet Auction Group. He is also a board member of the NYIADA.
Gina Barro is National Remarketing Manager at Toyota Financial Services (TFS) based in Plano, TX. In her current role, Gina oversees the Remarketing sales strategy and programs for TFS off lease, repossession, fleet and company vehicles. Before returning to Toyota in February 2016, Gina held the position of Business Development Manager at the Port of Long Beach, CA. Prior to the Port, Gina served as Vice President, Strategic Relations, at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Earlier in her career, she capped more than 15 years of service with Toyota - in various divisions and at several U.S. locations - as Business Planning Manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Uber’s Automotive Partnership Lead, Jim Bauman, has been serving the automotive industry since his time as a Parts Manager in the Rosenthal group in the 1990s. In 2007 he joined Dealer.com and led customer teams in Burlington, VT, and Manhattan Beach, CA, working for seven years with dealerships and OEMs on custom, holistic digital marketing solutions. In 2014 he joined the startup LotLinx In California, and built their account management and support teams from the ground up, and then moved on to Podium.com in Utah, leading their strategic automotive services partnerships. Jim has a deep knowledge of the business of new and pre-owned dealers, service shops, tire dealers, and collision centers, and is working to build Uber mobility solutions that directly serve the industry’s needs through key partnerships.
and IARA Vice President
Michael Bor is the CEO of CarLotz and has over a decade of experience in automotive retail, automotive remarketing and the financial services industry working with entrepreneurial companies going through transition. Prior to founding CarLotz, Michael co-ran the Transportation & Logistics group at Harris Williams & Co., a Mergers & Acquisitions advisory firm, where he worked for 7 years. Prior to Harris Williams & Co., Michael was an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and a financial fraud investigator with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sherb Brown is the President of Bobit Business Media with 20 years of experience within the fleet industry. Sherb is a member of the Ford Fleet Advisory Board and GM Commercial Sounding Board.
As senior director of Digital Solutions at Manheim, Ben Caffee leads field services for the Manheim Digital Marketplace, specifically focused on growing the nearly 150-person strong Concierge force for the company’s Manheim Express app. Under his leadership, this team of highly trained specialists provide white glove wholesale listing services using the latest digital tools.
Caffee joined Cox Automotive, the parent company of Manheim, in 2015 as part of the Strategic Planning team, where he was responsible for highlighting key global economic and industry trends and helping craft the strategy to help Cox Automotive lead the industry through the next wave of disruption. In 2016, Caffee joined the Manheim brand as director of Digital Strategy and Deployment where he contributed to the launch of the company’s innovative Manheim Express app, before being promoted to senior director, Digital Solutions, in August 2018. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Caffee served as general manager and sales director for Atlantic Recycling Group, a mid-sized, full-service scrap metal recycling facility in suburban Maryland.
George Chamoun became CEO of ACV Auctions on September 16, 2016. As an early angel investor in ACV, George was drawn by the company’s long-term potential. George brings a successful track record of accomplishment as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He co-founded Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC) right out of college in 1998 and spent the next two decades building it into a trusted technology and revenue partner for some of the largest video and communication providers in the world. George was President of Sales and Marketing, growing the business for many years which enabled the company to go public in 2012. George has been recognized for his accomplishments: in 2009 when Multichannel News named him one of the publication's "40-under-40" most influential innovators in the industry; and in 1999 recipient of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in NY. George has a passion for Entrepreneurship and serves as Chairman of Launch NY, a non-for-profit organization supporting the startup ecosystem for Upstate New York.
With more than 25 years’ experience in remarketing and the auto industry, Chris Clarke joined ARI in 2015. He currently has oversight of Operational Remarketing throughout North America, including management of market sales, heavy truck and equipment sales, direct sales, ARI BuyDirect, and Remarketing by ARI in addition to the management of three Canadian remarketing centers. Prior to joining ARI, Chris’ background included varying remarketing roles for a major rental car company, and sales and operational positions in the truck and trailer leasing industry. Chris is a member of the IARA and holds a seat on the organization’s Board of Directors. He is CAR certified.
Stephanie Compton has been in the Auto Finance Servicing industry since 1997 when she started out with Tranex Credit Corp., based out of Indianapolis, IN. Since then, Stephanie obtained her degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has held several key executive roles with KAR Auction Services and Diversified Vehicle Services. Before recently joining Exeter Finance as Director of Remarketing, Stephanie managed the Mid-West Region for Santander Consumer USA/Chrysler Capital. Her in depth experience on strategy and operations will continue in her current role, as Director of Remarketing. Stephanie is responsible for all the national disposal efforts for Exeter Finance, with the U.S. based Remarketing team reporting up to her.
Joe is the National Director of Vehicle Remarketing and LRC Operations for Fusion Auto Finance. He manages the Lease Return Centers (“LRC”) located in Farmingdale, New York and Lebanon, New Jersey. The LRC is utilized as the vehicle return and inspection center for off-lease activities in support of the Fusion Auto Finance CU Xpress Lease. Joe utilizes his thirty years of auto finance and remarketing experiences to ensure an excellent customer experience for lessees while maximizing the vehicle resale opportunities for Fusion Auto Finance. Joe has worked for industry leading companies such as Ford Credit, Chase Auto Finance, and Mercedes-Benz Financial. He has extensive experiences in call center/collections management, risk management, sales, operations, and has critical management expertise in end-of-term remarketing and vehicle disposal. Prior to joining Fusion Auto Finance he was employed for 12 years with Mercedes-Benz Financial, serving in a variety of remarketing management positions, including National Remarketing & Strategies Manager.
James serves as Director of Operations at Merchants Fleet. He first joined Merchants in December 2009 as Fleet Service Manager. Today he is responsible for the strategic vision and direction for all operational divisions of Merchants Fleet, which include the remarketing, transportation/logistics, and payoffs departments. He manages multi-channel operations, tracks and monitors all new and used vehicle inventories, and works with major auto manufacturers and key vendors to establish and develop strong partnerships and relations. In addition to his time at Merchants, James brings over 15 years of prior experience in the automotive industry within the realm of operations. James currently resides in Massachusetts. He currently sits on the advisory boards of the three largest remarketing companies in the U.S.
Melanie Glaze is the International Fleet Remarketing Auction and Wholesale Director for U-Haul, a “Do-it-yourself-moving” vehicle rental company based in Phoenix, Arizona. Melanie began her 10-year partnership with U-Haul working with the Fleet Remarketing Team. Two years ago she was promoted to her current role within this team, with responsibilities of wholesale, retail and auction sales for the cargo van and pickup truck fleet. Melanie manages her remarketing team both local and remote, and provides them with the necessary tools need to continuously improve and advance in the market. She is a forward thinker and is an intricate part to the U-Haul Remarketing team. During her tenure with U-Haul, Melanie completed her Associates Degree as a Registered Nurse and in 2018 she graduated from Northern Arizona University, where she received her BSN in Nursing. In her spare time Melanie continues her study of nursing and is many times is on standby as the U-Haul Nurse should a medical emergency arise during business hours.
Kayne Grau currently serves as Executive Vice President of Sales for TradeRev. In this role, he leads the Dealer and Commercial sales teams across North America. Prior to this role, Mr. Grau served as President of Data as a service within KAR Auction Services. He was responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership oversight to DRIVIN, Autoniq, instaVIN, Data Science and Pricing Optimization teams. These teams had a distinct focus on innovation, new product development and utilizing data as a strategic asset across the KAR organization. Grau has more than 20 years of management experience across various sectors and held senior management and founding roles with DRIVIN, Music Dealers, Apartments.com, Cars.com, eToys.com, and Allstate. He currently holds three patents and has been recognized on Crain’s Tech Top 50 list as well as CIO Magazine.
Zach Hallowell serves as vice president for Manheim Digital Marketplace and RMS Automotive. He directs and coordinates the overall domestic and global operational activities for digital channels – OVE, Manheim.com and Simulcast and OEM-specific marketplaces – along with RMS Automotive and its global business. Previously, he was general manager of RMS Automotive. Zach has extensive experience in the global wholesale automotive industry having spent 15-plus years developing and evolving SaaS platforms to support wholesale automotive processes. Zach is a graduate of Middlebury College and is the named inventor on numerous patents related to wholesale remarketing systems, including vehicle lifecycle management, electronic marketplaces, and third-party vehicle inspection processes.
Derek Hansen is vice president of offsite solutions, Manheim. He works closely with Zach Hallowell, vice president of Manheim Digital Marketplace and RMS Automotive, for all key decisions related to the OVE.com and Manhem.com marketplaces including functionality and customer-facing offerings. Since June 2016, Hansen has been responsible for Manheim’s digital operations as vice president of digital inventory solutions. Hansen joined the Cox Automotive team in January 2015 as senior director of strategic planning. Prior to that, he served in roles with Bain & Company, Deloitte Consulting and Intel Corp.
Jessie Herdrich has been with PAR North America since 2007. She began her career with PAR as a Vendor Relations Coordinator immediately after college. Herdrich held the role of Sales Administrator from 2008-2011 working closely with corporate shared services, client relations and senior management. She was then promoted to Executive Sales Director for banks/finance companies where she handled the service and satisfaction of current clients. Herdrich then held the position of Client Operations Manager for three years, overseeing all repossession client teams. She is now VP of Compliance and Operations managing internal audit, contracts and overseeing all client facing operations. Her knowledge of PAR’s processes and procedures and relationship with clients serve her well in this position.
Brent Huisman has been in the auto finance industry for over 22 years beginning with GE Capital Auto Financial Services. From there Brent went to run part of the Remarketing and Loss Mitigation departments at Bank One which was later purchased by Chase Auto. Brent has also worked for KAR Auction Services as VP of North America Dealer Sales. Since 2007, he has worked on several retail and lease portfolios such as HSBC and Santander before running Repossession and Remarketing for Exeter Finance. Brent holds a BBA of Marketing from the University of Iowa as well as a MBA from Benedictine University from Chicago, Il.
Jerame Jackson is Vice President of Fleet for Fox Rent A Car and contributes more than 18 years of experience in vehicle disposal, acquisition, system development, strategic and tactical analysis, and process improvement. He has extensive knowledge managing disposal channels, system architecture and design, Lean Six Sigma initiatives, fleet management, budgeting, data analytics, contract negotiations, vendor relations, and vehicle purchasing. Prior to joining Fox Rent A Car, Jerame served as the National Remarketing Manager for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. He received his bachelor degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma along with his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jerame is married with 4 children and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Steve was appointed as CEO of the NIADA on July 1, 2013 after serving as its COO for two years. As CEO, Steve is responsible for the day-to-day operations of NIADA and serves as the president of the NIADA Services Board and the NIADA Foundation Board of Trustees. Steve is responsible for maintaining and expanding the association’s programs in governmental affairs, public relations, member services, association publications and working with NIADA’s state affiliate organizations. Prior to that, Steve was the managing partner of the Florida J.D. Byrider operation in Tallahassee, a political campaign consultant, account executive at Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and deputy national field director of a prominent nationwide political advocacy organization.
Dan Kennedy joined Jack Cooper Logistics as the senior vice president of business development in June 2017. Prior to this position, Dan was with General Motors holding various positions, the most recent managing the GM remarketing team. Dan retired from GM in June 2017 after nearly 40 years of dedicated service, with the last 31 years of those years in the remarketing area. Dan was elected to the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and named the National Remarketing Executive of the year in 2013, and is a Warren Young Fellowship recipient..
Daryl Kessler is a Vice-President at Stork Driver PA, a company dedicated to providing creative rental, purchase, and, service opportunities to rideshare companies and their drivers.
As chief commercial officer, Paul Lips is responsible for simplifying the ADESA customer experience and coordinating business development efforts with the marketing, sales and client relationship teams across our geographies. He also oversees all sales, marketing, product and pricing activities at ADESA. Lips has held a variety of management roles since joining ADESA in 1996, including corporate controller for ADESA’s finance department, chief financial officer, vice president of investor relations and planning, and senior vice president of operations. He has also served as executive vice president of operations and finance and as chief operating officer.
Joe is currently a Remarketing and Leasing Consultant at Car Management & Consulting Group,LLC. He currently secures new and used vehicles as well as remarketing for rental clients. Previously he was Auction Fleet Lease Manager for 8+ years with Manheim, America's Auto Auction and ADT Automotive. And a Remarketing Manager for 30+ years with Dollar-Thrifty, ARI, Marple Fleet Leasing, GECAL, and Flagship Credit. He is a continual student of vehicle remarketing along with providing remarketing and industry overview for investment research to various companies. He holds a B.S.Industrial Arts from Trenton State College of NJ and resides in Manheim, PA.
John Manchin holds the position of National Fleet Remarketing Manager for Subaru of America, Inc. and is responsible for the asset liquidation and remarketing activities for all Subaru vehicle groups in the secondary market. John began his career at Subaru in December 2001 as remarketing manager for Subaru Auto Leasing with the responsibility of liquidating the consumer off-lease portfolio. John introduced and incorporated multi-channel, upstream remarketing at Subaru in March 2003 by designing and implementing SubaruSOLD, an internet-based remarketing system. John possesses a total of 45 years of automobile industry experience, along with an MBA degree (marketing/finance concentration) from Widener University.
Tony is the Director of Remarketing at American Credit Acceptance. He works with a fantastic team that handles all title and remarketing functions for the quickly growing indirect auto finance company based in idyllic Spartanburg, SC. He has been in his current role for four years, with prior stints at both auto auctions and finance companies including Manheim, ServNet Auction Group, ADESA and Hyundai Capital America. With Tony’s 25 plus years’ experience on “both sides of the fence” he has truly seen The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!
and IARA Chairman of the Board
Joe Miller is the Vice President of Client Experience for AutoIMS, the remarketing industry’s standard technology platform that connects auctions and consignors. Now in his 10th year with the company, Miller leads the team that helps clients achieve their goals, blending art & science to maximize returns in the lane at lowest possible expense.
Scott Mousaw is the Director of Loss Mitigation for United Auto Credit Corporation, a subprime auto lender based in Newport Beach, CA. Scott has been in the automotive industry since 1994. Scott joined United Auto Credit in 2002 and has held management positions in Branch Operations, Loan Servicing, and Repossessions. Since 2009 oversees national Remarketing operations for the company.
Alain Nana-Sinkam is a 25-year auto industry veteran, currently serving as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for ALG, providing data-driven solutions to answer some of the biggest questions facing the North American auto industry. He drives new business for ALG and TrueCar’s Affinity Partner and OEM development groups, as well as relationships with ALG’s investment bank and ratings agency clients. Alain previously worked at Wells Fargo and HSBC Auto Finance and started his career in an auto dealership.
John Pas, SVP, Business Development at SpinCar, a Syracuse based company that provides 360° WalkAround® technology to the automotive industry. His focus is primarily on establishing partnerships with OEM’s, large dealer groups, auctions, inspection companies and resellers in North and South America and Asia. His extensive business development experience comes from working at Volkswagen and Audi of America, BlackBook, AutoTrader.com, and most recently as SVP, Global Client Services for AutoData where he had account teams in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and France.
Pierre Pons is President of TPC Management and has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years.
In 1996, Pons co-founded TPC Management providing project-based consulting and recruiting services to diverse clients supporting the industry. In addition to his consulting work, Pons is also an active presenter at industry events and is active in a variety of trade associations like the National Auto Auction Association. Pons served as board member of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance and chaired IARA's Ethics Committee. Pierre Pons served as the CEO of ServNet Auctions for 12 years and is also the Founder/CEO of Auction Academy. Pons has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
For over three decades John F. Possumato, has been a noted resource to automotive retailers, and a serial entrepreneur, since having sold his award-winning franchise dealership and entered the area of emerging retailer technologies and new business practices. Possumato founded and is CEO of DriveItAway, Inc., the first “dealer focused shared mobility” company, which provides a turn-key cloud platform and driver app, to facilitate profitable MaaS business options for car dealers. Possumato is recognized by OEMs, car dealers, Silicon Valley venture capital firms, and software platform providers as an industry consulting resource on automotive retailing disruption and is a regular presenter on the topic both in the United States and abroad.
Phil Schappert, an industry professional in vehicle remarketing and repossession management, is the Director of Repossession and Remarketing with 1st Investors Financial Services. During the course of his 20 years of industry experience, Schappert has worked with auto finance companies, fleet management companies, and third party service providers. Throughout his career he has continually delivered key KPIs, profitability, strategic thinking, and lean management. Schappert has been serving in his current position with 1st Investors Financial Services since 2018.
and IARA President
Tom Stewart, an industry specialist in vehicle remarketing and auto finance, is the President of Auction Management Solutions, Inc. Stewart works with auto auctions, auto finance companies, vehicle manufacturers, corporate fleets, commercial lessors, third party servicers, and e-commerce companies. Stewart, who has over 20 years of industry experience, started his automotive career working for Anglo American Auto Auctions. He later went on to become the Director of Remarketing for KeyBank out of Cleveland, OH. He has spent the last 15 years working on various consulting projects as a partner with TPC Management Company, and held the position of Executive Vice President of Sales for the ServNet Auction Group.
and NAAA President
Charlie Vogelheim is a 30-year auto industry veteran whose career history includes Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power, Motor Trend and TPC Management. He is a regular media correspondent and automotive industry commentator for business and consumer news. As a conference host, MC or moderator, Charlie continues development of best practices in remarketing and information transparency. He contributes to the continued success of TPC through business development, industry and client relations. Charlie is on the faculty for Auction Academy. He travels extensively worldwide attending automotive events, test drives and conferences.
Penny Wanna holds dual roles as President of Auction Academy and Vice President of Administration for TPC Management Company. She has been an active member of the Auto Auction industry since 2004 and is proudly IARA CAR certified and Safe T. Sam certified. Honored in 2018 as a member of Women in Remarketing and serves on the IARA CAR Certification committee, IAG Education committee and the NAAA Convention committee. Simultaneously to her time with TPC Mgt and Auction Academy, she spent 12 years working with the ServNet group as their VP of Admin.
Jacob Warren has worked at Louisiana's 1st Choice Auto Auction since 2004. Currently, he is General Sales Manager focusing on management and strategies for the sales and marketing team to pursue both local and national business. But, he began as a part-time vehicle registration employee while he was in college. After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008 he eagerly took on new opportunities and worked in sales, the front office and marketing. He graduated from Mendenhall School of Auctioneering calls and chants in 2011. He uses those skills as a part-time auctioneer at the auto auction and offer his services to various local charities in the Hammond area. Warren attended the National Auto Auction Association leadership institute in 2014. In 2015 he graduated from Advanced Management Leadership Program, a six month course of study focusing on best practices and skill building for the next generation of auction leaders. In 2017 he earned his appointment as a Notary Public for the state of Louisiana. He most recently graduated from Auction Academy with top honors as class valedictorian, where he also obtained his IARA CAR (Certified Automotive Remarketer) certification in 2018.
Started at Harrisburg Auto Auction in 2005 as the Internet Sales Manager. In 2015 we were acquired by Americas Auto Auction. In 2018 I became the General Manger of Americas Auto Auction Harrisburg. I currently serve on the MARIADA Board of Directors as Secretary, NAAA Eastern Zone Board of Directors, NAAA Legislative Committee, and NAAA Safety Committee.
Layne Weber is the director of wholesale fleet sales – Western U.S. for the Avis Budget Group. A 25 year veteran of the remarketing industry, Layne was previously the vice president of remarketing sales for Citi Financial Auto, vice president of remarketing for Donlen Corporation, and held various positions with GE Capital Fleet Services. Layne joined the IARA while at Donlen and was served for more than a decade as a board member, vice president, president, sub-committee chair, and chairman of the board.
Meredith Weber is the Remarketing Manager with General Motors. She joined GM in 2015 as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Since then, Meredith has championed transformational change within Sales & Marketing and led GM’s rollout of Design Thinking. Meredith is thrilled to have the opportunity to drive transformation in GM’s Remarketing space – look for the launch of GM’s Inspection App this year! Prior to joining General Motors, Meredith led operational excellence work with Accenture, Jabil, the US Army, and General Electric.
A background as a franchised dealer and a long-standing interest in technologies built to disrupt traditional auto retail and wholesale have combined to take Scott on a 25+ year journey through the automotive ecosystem. Twelve years in retail concluded with the sale of two dealerships followed by time as the Director of Sales for a start-up in the outdoor industry. He then reentered the automotive space with remarketing-related roles at OPENLANE, KAR Global and TRUECar before joining Carvana in January of 2016 where he now serves as the Senior Director of Wholesale Operations.
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