Mike Browning Elected NAAA Vice President
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Mike Browning will be vice president of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) for the 2013-2014 term, serving on the executive board with President Jack Neshe and President-elect Ellie Johnson. The association, which represents more than 300 member auctions in North America, elected the Manheim Mississippi general manager at its 65th annual convention in Indianapolis.
“I am extremely humbled by my colleagues entrusting me with the responsibility of leadership in the association and appreciate the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of so many industry icons,” Browning said. “I look forward to the challanging, yet rewarding time of serving NAAA and our industry.”
Since 2007 Browning has been active in the NAAA Southern Chapter as secretary, vice president, president-elect and president. Currently, he serves as the chapter’s chairman of the board and is a member of the NAAA Board of Directors.
“During my time spent in these various positions, I have come to understand NAAA’s mission and the vital role it plays in our industry,” Browning noted. “Education, training, ethics, advocacy and community are all important to me, but I am very passionate about membership involvement as crucial to maintaining and strengthening the association for the future. And engagement comes from the value members perceive they get from the organization, which requires interaction and awareness on our part. At the same time, I believe NAAA’s committees, meetings and PAC deserve every member’s attention and participation. I plan to concentrate my leadership efforts in enhancing these areas.”
Browning entered the automotive world in 1989 as a car salesman and then worked his way up the career ladder over the next eight years to become the general manager for Hopkins Toyota of Vicksburg, Miss. In 2003 he moved into the auto remarketing industry, joining Manheim as the GM of the corporation’s New Orleans auction. Then in late 2007 he took his current position as general manager of Manheim Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
In addition to NAAA, Browning’s professional memberships include the Mississippi Independent Auto Dealers Association (MIADA), Louisiana Independent Auto Dealers Association (LIADA) and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA). The latter organization honored Browning with the NIADA Eagle Award two years in a row.
Browning, a native of Baton Rouge, La., resides in Hattiesburg with his wife and three children. Actvely involved in his community, he has coached Little League since 2003 and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities and the Thames Elementary Annual Christmas Drive. He is also a Forrest County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy.