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How Do I Get Involved, and I Don’t Know Where to Start?

Part of my job as NAAA CEO is organizing virtual auction visits with our members. These visits provide an opportunity for NAAA’s leadership to hear directly from auctions about any concerns they may have, some of the challenges they face, and what is working well. On a recent call, I was asked the question by an auction general manager, “How do I get involved, and I don’t know where to start?”

I could not have been happier to hear this question. One of my goals in the year ahead is to tackle this issue head-on as NAAA looks to unify its membership and continue to innovate. I have met many of you, and I know how busy you are on a daily basis. But I have seen a strong desire from many of you to become more active with the association, to volunteer your time, and contribute and learn more about NAAA and the greater auto auction industry.

There are many ways to become involved. NAAA operates on a system of committees, and we rely on the hard work and dedication of these volunteers. The committees represent, engage, and serve our membership and encourage group participation in problem solving. The committees also provide a training ground for future industry leaders and offer a wide array of topics and issues to become involved in such as auction standards, legislation, finance and budget, and education and training.

Beyond our committees, NAAA offers a variety of training and education resources to our members to enhance your skillset and understanding of the auto auction industry. Our Safe T. Sam program is an industry-recognized training program based on proven best safety practices designed to help make your auction and workplace safer. This fall, NAAA is hosting a virtual three-part seminar with Dr. Brittney Boone, a renowned diversity and inclusion consultant. The seminars will cover understanding our role in creating an inclusive work environment and establishing a commitment to an inclusive environment for all. We also continue to offer auction standards training and condition report writing training. NAAA’s live job board will be available on our website later this fall. A weekly job board brief will be sent to automotive technology professors across the country highlighting member auction’s open positions. This will help our auctions fill positions that are most in demand in our industry.  

Stay tuned for more updates this fall for ways to get involved as NAAA examines the services and benefits we offer to our members. Look for us to become more active on social media and increase our two-way communication and engagement with all of you. We look forward to hearing more from you, and you will most certainly be hearing more from us!      


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