In a year unlike any in memory, National Auto Auction Association leaders are lauding vehicle wholesalers for coming together and finding strength in their partnerships — even among competitors.
"We weren't trying to save an industry; what we were trying to do was keep the industry informed," CEO Frank Hackett said, adding that wholesale industry chiefs held weekly calls during the early stages of the pandemic. "The fact is that you have an industry that all competes against each other, yet we were all talking — everybody had a role."
The auction trade association canceled its annual convention set for this month, but that did not keep the group from its tradition of passing the baton from the outgoing to the incoming president. Julie Picard, Manheim's vice president of industry partnerships, was installed as president in a virtual ceremony Oct. 8.
Picard and her predecessor, Laura Taylor, general manager of Charleston Auto Auction in South Carolina, outlined priorities to Automotive News for the auction industry as it wraps up one of the most unusual years in its history.