A New Day for NAAA
I am so proud of everyone. We can remember those tough days at the start of the pandemic. But we rose to the occasion, worked together, and we are coming out of the pandemic even stronger than we were before. I am most proud of the unity, the people, independents and ServNet, Manheim and KAR, and the character of our auctions that make our industry thrive.
We have a common goal at NAAA. Since our founding in 1948, our top priority has always been to protect the interests of our members and promote the progress of our industry. Today, it has become more important than ever to focus on the needs of both our members and our customers as we all head into the next decade of the 21st century. Communication is key in achieving that goal.
As I begin my term as president, I want to share with you a few key priorities that I would like to work on.
I would like to emphasize the importance of our jobs network. NAAA launched autoauctionjobs.com in 2019 to create a one-stop registry of technical schools and scholarship opportunities for young people interested in pursuing careers as service technicians. Recruiting students for those apprentice programs and promoting NAAA’s digital jobs board will be a key priority of mine.
Safety will also continue to be a top priority for NAAA as we continue to navigate the pandemic while using best practices to provide safe workplaces for all our members. And finally, compliance is something that we as an industry will all need to work on together in the year ahead to make sure we are adapting to the changing environment.
I am excited about the future, working with our new CEO Tricia Heon, and all the possibilities to promote and protect the interests of our members and the wholesale auto auction industry.
Again, I am honored to serve as your 2021-2022 NAAA President. I look forward to working with all of you in the year ahead! Stay tuned for some new announcements soon, and we are all looking forward to our next convention in Dallas in 2022!