Ellie Johnson Steps Up to NAAA President-Elect
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Ellie A. Johnson will be president-elect of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) for the 2013-2014 term, serving on the executive board with President Jack Neshe and Vice President Mike Browning. The association, which represents more than 300 member auctions in North America, confirmed the Manheim North Carolina general manager at its 65th annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Johnson has served on the board of directors of the NAAA’s Southern Chapter and held the office of that chapter’s treasurer, vice president and president. Currently she represents the Southern Chapter on the Political Action Committee and continues her more than 10 years of service on the association’s Membership Committee.
“It has been my pleasure to be a part of NAAA for over a decade and while I feel I’ve been able to contribute in my past capacities, I want to do much more,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful to the members for their vote of confidence in me and truly look forward to serving them.”
She plans to concentrate on legislative advocacy. “We’re already seeing the value of strength in numbers in the recent positive results of our advocacy efforts,” Johnson noted. “Cooperation between corporate and independent auctions is key to our ongoing success. I’m committed to working together to be a strong voice on the issues that can impact our members.”
One such item on her advocacy agenda would be a push for a uniform title system to streamline processes for more efficient, cost-effective operations. Another goal is to help members keep up with technology that can improve management, boost sales, strengthen service and enrich customer satisfaction.
Johnson literally has a lifetime of experience in the auction profession. Her father, Kenneth Aycock, was an auctioneer who after almost 30 years in the business started Aycock Auto Auction in 1984. It’s now Manheim North Carolina, in Kenly , N.C., where Johnson has been general manager since 1997. She joined her father at the auction soon after earning an accounting degree and real estate broker’s license, working the front office processing vehicle registrations, then as business manager and controller. In addition to NAAA, her professional memberships have included the Carolinas Independent Automobile Dealers Association (CIADA) and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), which twice honored her with its Eagle Award for outstanding achievement in membership development.
Today Johnson resides in Kenly where she is involved with numerous civic groups and charitable organizations. She is active in the Chamber of Commerce, Community Watch, the town planning board and tourism committee. Johnson established two scholarships for graduating high school seniors and avidly supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, raising over $100,000. Her auto auction also gives back to the community by sponsoring local FHA and 4-H programs as well as the annual food and toy drive.