Penny Wanna Named President of Auction Academy

March 8, 2017

Franklin, TN – Auction Academy, the top level training and development experience for auto auction industry professionals, announced today that Penny Wanna has been promoted to the post of President of Auction Academy.  Wanna has been involved with the Academy program since its inception in early 2012 and most recently served as Vice President of Administration.Says Auction Academy’s Vice President and Co-Founder, Pauline Pons: “From the beginning Penny has beenPenny Wanna President, Auction Academy 100% vested in Auction Academy, and she has been instrumental in the growth of the Academy program.  The Academy courses we offer today are a direct outcome of her contributions and organization.”Added Academy CEO and Co-Founder President Pierre Pons, “Without a doubt, Penny is the heart and soul of Auction Academy, a fact which can be attested to by all four Class Groups that have graduated to date as well as all the Speakers and Sponsors who have supported … Continued

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AA finishes 2016 with Class Graduation and Seminar Session

January 5, 2017

Auction Academy Closes 2016 with Class Graduation and Completion of Seminar SeriesAuction Academy finished the 2016 academic year the graduation of its 4th Class Group, and the 4th session of its recently expanded Seminar Series, reports Auction Academy CEO Pierre Pons.“We are delighted to congratulate the members of our 4th Class Group, who gathered for their final training session and graduation from Auction Academy’s two-year program in Las Vegas during the NAAA/NRC conference at the Red Rock Hotel in Las Vegas,” said Pons.   The Auction Academy provides a two-year training and development experience for automotive auction professionals, structured like an Executive MBA program. With faculty drawn from expert practitioners around the country, Auction Academy’s programs are designed to enhance essential skill sets, promote best practices and yield better auction performance. The curriculum includes site visits, field trips and work with industry experts in all areas of auction operations.Pons reports that Auction Academy has opened registration for Class Group 5 of the two-year … Continued

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Auction Academy Closes 2015 with Joint Session in Detroit

November 12, 2015

Auction Academy finished the 2015 academic year with a joint session of two Class Groups, which met in Detroit, Michigan on October 26-28.  Over 30 students and staff participated in an in-depth tour of Flint Auto Auction led by auction owners John Luce and Bill Williams.  In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of one of the most successful auctions in the country, students also met with members of the auction staff, and came away with a better understanding of how Flint Auto Auction, in its 63rd year, has become one of the nation’s premier remarketing centers for General Motors, Ally Financial, Credit Acceptance/VRS and a host of other accounts.The group went on to visit Detroit’s Renaissance Center, World Headquarters for General Motors, which included a session on factory vehicle sales led by Dan Kennedy of GM’s Remarketing Department, as well as a tour of ONSTAR.  Later that day the … Continued

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There’s a Lot to Say About Action Academy

February 12, 2015

THE TOP-LEVEL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE FOR AUCTION PROFESSIONAL“Auction Academy is a great way to build lasting relationships with people in our industry. Going behind the scenes of other auctions and fleet companies to see how these operations work was a valuable part of the program, and I have taken away a few things for each meeting that have helped me make our auction more profitable.”BRANDON DERRICKMemphis AAClass 3: Administration“Auction Academy’s curriculum, teachers, site visits, and peer camaraderie have all contributed to making me a more well-rounded and aware auction professional. Networking with industry veterans and other fellow auction professionals has been by far one of the most valuable benefits of the program.”WYATT CARTERSanford AutoDealers ExchangeClass 1: Next Generation“Having continued access to Auction Academy’s incredible staff and faculty, and the exposure to other auctions and industry partners have expanded my understanding of our industry. The knowledge I have gained and … Continued

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Auction Academy Follows Inaugural Class Graduation with Busy Quarter

July 7, 2014

June 26, 2014 On the heels of graduating its first Class Group (the “Sons & Daughters” Class) in March during the CAR Conference in Las Vegas,  Auction Academy reports a busy second quarter of 2014. Academy President Richard Curtis reports that Auction Academy launched its third Class Group in April, followed in May with a session at Southern Auto Auction for Class Group 3 (“Managers” Group).“In mid-April we launched our third Class Group, holding the opening session in Nashville, TN,” says Curtis.  “The first to address the group was industry veteran Tony Moorby, who highlighted his long career in the auction industry, which began in England and later included assignments as President/CEO of ADT Automotive and  as an executive with ADESA . The next day the class visited ADESA Nashville, where General Manager Dan Dietsch led an extensive tour of the facility, followed back at the classroom by Kevin Cullum of NMAC provided an overview … Continued

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