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.
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. He also launched the Wheels Promotional Sale Schedule with their top performing auctions. Recently he has also taken on title maintenance and vehicle inventory management departments and has successfully integrated both areas into the Remarketing Department. 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.
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.
Sherb Brown is the vice president and group publisher of the Bobit Business Media Fleet Group with 20 years of experience within the fleet industry. Sherb is a member of the Ford Fleet Advisory Board and GM Commercial Sounding Board.
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.
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..
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.
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 is CEO of ServNet Auctions 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.
John Possumato is in the forefront of automotive technology and the mobility as a service (car sharing, ride sharing) industry. He is recognized by Silicon Valley venture capital firms, software platform providers and other “connected car” equipment providers as a consulting resource. He is a regular contributor to many major trade publications and is an in-demand speaker at industry events on topics of advanced mobile technologies and new mobility as a service business models.
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.
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