George Heppe Receives the Marie Hingst Exhibitor of the Year Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Since founding GigglePop.com in 1996 with a primary focus toward the development of mobile software for vehicle buyers attending live auto auctions, George Heppe has been committed to getting the word out as an exhibitor that the days of pages of outdated printouts and incomplete vehicle history are a thing of the past. The technology his company has exhibited over the years at NAAA conventions has changed the face — and pace — of the remarketing industry.
For that Heppe merits NAAA’s 2013 Exhibitor of the Year Award. Named in honor of its first recipient in 2006, Marie Hingst, in recognition of her years of dedication and commitment to NAAA, the award is presented each year to an exhibitor who displays a similar degree of devotion.
GigglePop.com’s president and owner understands that the ability to access precise and accurate vehicle information almost instantaneously using a wireless device like a PDA handheld, smartphone or tablet is a critical service for both his current and future customers.
Heppe, who majored in accounting and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Eastern Illinois University, was awarded his first patent for a “Method for providing vehicle information at a live auction” in 2008. By leveraging updated auction listings and technology, GigglePop’s software allows buyers to specify a vehicle’s criteria and instantly download an appropriate run list for an individual auction.
The first to offer handheld digital guidebooks and then handheld integration and wireless retrieval of auction run lists and vehicle history reports, the company’s initial applications were originally designed for a proprietary handheld device (called the InfoPak), then for Palm Pilot and Windows Mobile PDA’s.
Today GigglePop is concentrating its efforts on Android and iPhone software development and web-based customer engagement solutions. But the goal remains the same — to enable buyers at the touch of a button to retrieve information needed to make a decision faster so they can get to the block and bid on more vehicles.