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Press Release - Bob McConkey Inducted Into NAAA Hall of Fame 

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National Auto Auction Association honors industry veteran and past NAAA president 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ.— Bob McConkey has become the newest member of the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame. The president and chief executive officer of the McConkey Auction Group and Auction Edge board chairman was inducted at NAAA's 70th annual convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, this month. Past association president and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Dave Angelicchio made the presentation.

McConkey, who grew up in the wholesale auto auction business, received the honor for his leadership roles in the industry as ServNet's chairman of the board, Western Auto Auction Association president and on NAAA's board of directors as well as several committees. Following in his father's footsteps to serve as NAAA president in 2009, his championing of Conference of Automotive Remarketing (CAR), and the establishment of a universal Electronic Condition Report, national Arbitration Policy, and Wholesale Certification Program.

Membership in the Hall of Fame, established in 1968, recognizes individuals whose long-term service to the auto auction industry and NAAA has contributed improvements to remarketing as a whole, has worked with the trade organization to benefit its members and has consistently followed the high standards of the association's Code of Ethics. NAAA represents more than 340 auction members and 100 associate members in North America.

Today McConkey oversees auto auctions in Spokane, Kansas City and Seattle with combined auction sales of more than 100,000 units annually, and leads the executive team in the development of relevant future strategies. Regularly calling bids on the block, McConkey is considered to be one of the finest auctioneers of autos in the West.

It was at South Seattle Auto Auction, co-founded in 1954 by his father Robert McConkey, Sr., that the young McConkey began his remarketing career. He learned how to drive at age nine and spent his summer vacations doing everything around the lot until heading off to Washington State University.

Shortly after beginning his freshman year in the fall of 1980, McConkey's father and older brother needed him to leave the university and return home to help run the auction, which had fallen on hard times during the recession. Five years later the family sold the now revitalized business to General Electric Capital — the first auto auction acquired by that firm. GE retained McConkey, relocating the 25-year-old and his newlywed wife, Sandy, to Los Angeles where he was to be the general manager of Southern California Auto Auction, another recent GE acquisition from the Brasher family.

Three years later, under McConkey's management SCAA had doubled its size, becoming the world's largest volume auto auto auction, selling 108,000 units in 1988. Yet not everything the young GM did proved a success, such as continuing his family's tradition of the Fall Classic Moose Sale, where after the hunt the moose is barbecued and shared by the dealers in the lanes. McConkey learned LA was a little different than his native Seattle when the dealers began fighting over the tasty grilled game and riot police had to be called in to restore order.

In 1992 McConkey along with his friend Greg Mahugh, his former middle school math tutor and work colleague at South Seattle Auto Auction, moved their families north and founded Dealers Auto Auction of Spokane. Within four years the struggling five-acre, two-lane auction in eastern Washington State had grown tremendously and relocated to a newly constructed facility. Its grand opening celebration included a concert featuring the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis and launched an annual affair that has become the auction's signature "Rock & Roll Sale" promotion with big name musicians headlining the now two-day event.

Expanding from five lanes to eight and adding wholesale detail, mechanical, auto body and paint shops on site, the auction was rebranded as DAA Northwest to more accurately represent its extended geographic market. Motorsports and RV sales were later included.

McConkey continued to develop and innovate, utilizing digital sales of every consigned unit online, with photos, to increase his customer base, pioneering the post-sale inspection process and being one of the first auctions to provide condition reports. In 2006 DAA Northwest formed a strategic partnership with Idaho Auto Auction and Brasher's auto auctions that gave birth to what is now Auction Edge, a leading provider of auction management systems and online marketplaces for independent auctions.

In 2008 McConkey became a co-owner of Kansas City Independent Auto Auction and El Paso Independent Auto Auction in 2011 (which was sold in 2016). Then in 2013 together with Mahugh he started DAA Seattle. These auctions now comprise The McConkey Group along with its flagship auction DAA Northwest, which today occupies 90 acres and averages weekly sales of 1,700 units. 

EDGE Pipeline Progress Report, May 4th 2018

Hello again all!

Happy Star Wars day! May the 4th be with you. We're back with your regular progress report on EDGE Pipeline 2! As always, we encourage you to share this with your staff and customers however you see fit.

Head over to our new Forums to vote on ideas or add your own! Be sure to "Follow" forums that interest you so that you get notified about new posts within them.

FEATURES / CHANGE REQUESTS Now live

  • Continued work on a new sales channel / event type for auctions to be able to list vehicles on EDGE Pipeline. This is where much of our efforts were focused on in this last iteration.
  • EDGE Admin - Add AuctionACCESS Five Million number to handshake listing in Admin
  • EDGE Admin - Simulcast Report: Fix sold counts and amounts
  • EDGE Admin - Simulcast Report: Populate the Proxy Bid Unit Count and Unique Proxy Bid Count statistics
  • EDGE Admin - Virtual Lots: Prevent misconfiguration of simulcast virtual lots
  • EDGE Data: Add "opt_out_description" setting for the edge data vehicle exporter
  • (Internal) add field autoims_charge_code to auction_ams.charge_types
  • (Internal) Create component instance type: EDGE Data for Vehicle Exporter component
  • (Internal) Reduce the amount of catalyst.vehicle_photo_imports records loaded into RAM

BUG FIXES Now resolved

  • Modal Forms with multiple submit buttons don't detect the correct button clicked in "all" browsers.
  • Titles in email notifications are invisible
  • Duplicate Run Number simulcast errors don't set a failure status
  • EDGE Simulcast Shipments - Tighten up online sale shipment locks, to prevent missed vehicle changes
  • EDGE Admin reports - Duplicate simulcast attendees are being created by attendance logs database permissions issue with auction_ams.charge_types table (err autoims.charge_codes)
  • EDGE Admin - Sale Monitor, ProxyBid vehicles need run number in their accordion title

OTHER

  • "Public" pre sale report for AAA - Pittsburg: "G" cars
  • DAANW: Permission to Buy/Permission to Sell
  • autoims.transmission_codes.short_description in production create table *autoims.charge_codes*
  • DAA Seattle 1 Consignor
  • Add Orlando AA to Pipeline
  • Akron Consignor Logos
  • Mid-State AA South Carolina, EDGE Lookout site tweaks
  • DAANW: Consignor Logos
  • Central Penn AA: Consignor Logos
  • Hide CR amounts for Orlando AA
  • Add public presale report for Orlando
  • Greenville AA: Consignor Logos
  • Add Perryopolis to Pipeline
  • Richmond AA: Show actual mileage versus "Exempt"
  • Houston AA public report changes
  • Jefferson Mid State: Consignor Logos
  • Akron AA: Consignor Logos
  • Clark County AA: Changing Website links
  • AAA Virginia: Hide Lane 15 from Reports
  • DAA Idaho, 1 consignor
  • Wolf's, 1 Consignors
  • Hillside Motors: Cars For Sale. Com Feed
  • Greenville AA: Consignor Logos
  • Credit Acceptance Data export Q1 2018
  • ANAA Houston Consignor logos
  • Add Public report for San Antonio AA (G, GX)
  • Add King AA to Pipeline
  • Add 5 consignor logos for Corry ADE
  • Add 3 consignors for Nebraska AA
  • Update U-Haul Fleet Sales logo per DAA Seattle
  • Delete old Kalamazoo lanes
  • Update CR Disclaimer for AutoNation
  • Add consignor logo for DAA Seattle
  • Add consignor logo for Jefferson Mid-State
  • Add a Lithia phone number for emails
  • Val asked for simulcast sold vin's for AAA - Chicago
  • AAA Toledo Conversion **[Go-Live 5/04/18]**
  • King AA Auction Rules Agreement
  • AR: Monthly sales by auction
  • Grand Rapids: Log diving FD 47472
  • Greater Erie - add a logo to website footer
  • Akron AA: Consignor Logos
  • Changes to 422 registration page
  • Expressway AA: Duplicate AMS Lanes in lane mappings
  • Clean up AAA Atlanta's duplicate lanes e.g. "A" vs. "A "
  • Central Penn AA: Run number change not making it to Simulcast 

Be sure to head over to our new Forums to vote on ideas or add your own!
That's it for this update. Have a great weekend!

- The EDGE Pipeline team

EDGE Pipeline Progress Report, March 12th

Hello again all!

We're back with your regular progress report on EDGE Pipeline 2! As always, we encourage you to share this with your staff and customers however you see fit.

Also sure to head over to our new Forums to vote on ideas or add your own!

What We Got Done Since The Last Update (2 weeks)

FEATURES / CHANGE REQUESTS Now live

  • My Watch List items (and notes!!!) now sync with EDGE Simulcast, so buyers get notifications within EDGE Simulcast about watched items again!
  • Add VIN to Pre-Sale Report "Download" Excel file
  • Add VIN to Buy Now Report "Download" Excel file
  • Performance - Improve CR / VDP load time

BUG FIXES Now resolved

  • Photo issues for some auctions with non-typical AMS set up
  • Buy Now listings was missing some cars that had previously been sold
  • Watch List could get out of date on cars that had previously ran / sold etc
  • Consolidated the two ARI (Automotive Resources International) consignors down to one
  • EDGE Admin: Adding Manual Reps in a handshake had a confusing bug
  • There were 2 Odometers in "Customize This Report"

OTHER

  • Salina AA: Add "Simulcast Rules" agreements
  • New Calhoun: Consignor Logos
  • Wolfe's South Bend: Consignor Logos
  • Clean-up some National consignor listings (missing logos, duplicate companies, incorrect names, etc..)
  • Update Cory ADE logo on EDGE Pipeline
  • Dyer, remove customized queries because they moved their Wednesday sale to Friday
  • Undo a previous code change that is no longer needed to help with Pubic Simulcast attendees
  • Change NADA export location
  • Add Central Penn to Pipeline
  • San Antonio AA: Add GSA agreements
  • Hide CR $$ values on Pipeline VDP for Central PA
  • AAA Virginia: Consignor Logos
  • NAPAA -  Add Kentucky AA to group site
  • Set up Perryopolis
  • Stateline AA: National Consignor Logos
  • Nebraska AA: Consignor Logos
  • Greater Shreveport AA: Consignor Logos
  • DAA Seattle: Consignor Logos
  • Greenville AA: Consignor Logo
  • 166 AA: Consignor Logos

What's Coming Up

Be sure to head over to our new Forums to vote on ideas or add your own!
This is our currently planned work, but it's always shifting & changing!

  • FEATURE - My Watch List redesign. The intention is to nicely separate untis by auction and status (when you have the report sorted that way)
  • BUG - Duplicate Simulcast attendees are being shown in various EDGE Admin reports
  • BUG - Duplicate Run Numbers in Velocicast when your re-number a unit to a new lane
  • FEATURE - Show seller name on all cars (Auction Setting, will be OFF by default)
  • FEATURE - Allow auction to say "Event Is Over" so you can list your NO SALEs on Buy Now the afternoon of your sale day 

That's it for this update. Have an awesome week!

- The EDGE Pipeline team

Auction Edge Eclipses 115 Customer Installations with EDGE Simulcast

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Over 115 Auction Edge customers are now running EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast and the count continues to rise. In an effort to help its customers expand their reach, Auction Edge began installing its multi-lane, multi-auction bidding platform earlier this year. Since that time, the Edge team has been lighting up audio and video in hundreds of auction lanes with a modern and intuitive interface design that buyers, sellers, auctioneers and block clerks are thrilled to see.

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"In partnership with the developers behind Velocicast we committed to crafting an unparalleled user experience for auction user, buyer, and seller. The volume of vehicles running through the system coupled with tens of thousands of buyers channeled through Edge Pipeline create a truly immersive experience for all parties. Their continued success at all levels across all channels remains our primary objective." - Dan Diedrich, Auction Edge CEO.

Buyers can now bid simultaneously from multi-streams of lanes across multiple auctions to secure the inventory they need, stay abreast of their wish list purchases, and in tune with the day’s market conditions. Sellers and auctioneers use the innovative auctioneer screen to interact with online and lane bidders in bold new ways. The auctioneer screen provides the auctioneers with specific data to help them understand the pulse of activity both in-lane and online. A cloud hosted digital video recorder (DVR) module allows look-up based on run number, with a synchronized bid log audit trail giving both buyers and sellers confidence in the auction process.

“Since changing simulcast providers to EDGE Simulcast powered by Velocicast nearly 3 months ago, we have experienced nothing but good things. We are hearing great feedback from our online buyers as well as commercial consignors who utilize the online rep capabilities. The ease in which they both can conduct their business is what it is all about! We couldn’t be any happier with the product and the service we are receiving!” - Shawn Glatz, General Manager, Morton Auto Auction.

EDGE Simulcast is just one of the many ways that Auction Edge is unifying advanced technology to provide a best in business suite of products to meet the requirements of independent auctions who must compete and win in today’s ever changing, disruptive environments.

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

For more information visit www.auctionedge.com For more information on this release, contact Seth Corrigan 206-858-4800

Auction Edge’s Aaron McConkey Nominated For Automotive Remarketing 40 Under 40

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Each year, progressive and innovative individuals emerge from our industry and Automotive Remarketing selects 40 of those people as the best of the best. Auction Edge is proud to have one of its very own employees, Aaron McConkey in those ranks.

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Aaron began his career in the industry as a third generation auction guy. He worked in Arbitration at DAA Northwest before going on to school to obtain his degree from Seattle Pacific University. He pursued an interest in social media strategy, web design and innovative products with a non-profit organization before coming on board full-time with Edge. What sets Aaron apart, is his passion for the products and technology that will fuel our industry for decades to come.

“Aaron is an incredible asset to Auction Edge. He is very skilled at designing and directing collaborative solutions to customer challenges, and is liked and respected by internal and external members of the Edge family. Aaron deserves this honor, and we congratulate him accordingly. Our company and our customers are blessed to have Aaron working on our behalf.” – Dan Diedrich, CEO, Auction Edge.

In Aaron’s role as Product Director, he is responsible for ongoing and iterative development across Auction Edge’s suite of products. Aaron leads all product strategy and user experience activities including monitoring emerging and competitive trends, developing concepts for new products and business opportunities and advancing new product innovations for Auction Edge.

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

For more information visit www.auctionedge.com For more information on this release, contact Dan Diedrich (206) 858-4800.

Auction Edge Expands Leadership with Industry Proven Innovator, Julie Warpool

SEATTLE, WA — October 20, 2017 —

Auction Edge is pleased to announce the addition of a new role and key member of the leadership team, Julie Warpool. Julie joins the Edge leadership team as Senior Vice-President of Auction Systems. In this role, Julie will help develop and drive the strategy of continued enhancement and evolution of Edge auction systems. She will be an integral member of the Auction Edge leadership team as we expand the product and service offering to our auctions and the industry.

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“Julie has a proven history of innovation, but as importantly, execution in our industry. Julie’s skillset, mindset, and experience align perfectly with our mission to modernize and deliver the solutions our customers need,” added Dan Diedrich. “Moreover, Julie will assist us in the evolution of all Edge products to help keep auctions relevant, resilient and on the leading edge for years to come.”

Over the course of her 25 year automotive remarketing career, including the last 17 with Manheim/Cox Automotive, Julie’s roles have included senior director of vehicle solutions, operational excellence, product strategy, and technology. Warpool is an inventor, with several patents for live-bid event online auction platforms, vehicle inspection/damage estimation and digital imaging systems. Julie began her auction career in 1992 with ADT Automotive, a 28 auction chain. acquired by Manheim in 2000. She is recognized as an architect of enterprise-wide technological and operational solutions focused on modernizing legacy systems, standardizing operational processes and innovating digital products and services.

“It’s so exciting to become part of Auction Edge and help carry out the vision of evolving the universe for independent auctions,” Warpool commented. When asked, Why Auction Edge?, Julie added, “There are a few things that attracted me to Edge. The first, is the opportunity to give back to an industry that I’ve grown up in and unleash a common vision that the Edge team’s share. Second, is the culture and the people. The folks I’ve met are excited to come to work every day and there is a buzz about what can be accomplished. It’s wonderful to see inspirational teams who give their all and think beyond the possible.”

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Auction Edge is the premier remarketing technology provider to independent auto auctions across the United States. Over 240 independently owned auctions managing over 4 million vehicles each year, utilize the Auction Edge platforms and marketplaces to operate efficiently, dominate locally, expand their reach globally and compete nationally. Founded in partnership and built for independent auctions, the fully integrated and innovative Auction Edge platforms include EDGE ASI, EDGE AuctionOS, EDGE Pipeline, EDGE Lookout, EDGE Simulcast, EDGE Multi-List and EDGE Analytics. Together, the Auction Edge products deliver an unparalleled competitive advantage to independent auctions across the remarketing industry. Auction EDGE is headquartered in Seattle, WA. For more information visit www.auctionedge.com

For more information on this release, contact Dan Diedrich 206-858-4800.