Don Meadows was posthumously presented the National Auto Auction Association Industry Pioneer Award during 66th Annual NAAA Convention & Exposition. Accepting the award was Don's wife, Shannon and his daughter Lucy Meadows.
In addition, NAAA President Jack Neshe presented Michael Chambers with the NAAA Association Bernie Hart Memorial Auctioneer Award at the event.
Meadows, was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Auto Auction Services Corp. (AASC) when he died Dec. 10, 2012, and a long supporter and key individual in the auto auction and remarketing industries. He had earned the NAAA Marie Hingst Exhibitor of the Year Award in 2009 during the NAAA annual convention.
The Industry Pioneer Award is given to persons who have worked in the wholesale motor vehicle industry and/or NAAA. The award is presented to individuals who have brought innovation and enhanced methods of improving services to remarketers through NAAA member auctions.
NAAA's leadership said it is proud to present this award to Mr. Meadows.
"Don led by example," said NAAA Executive Direct Frank Hackett. "He was always willing to do whatever it took to solve problems and make our industry and its processes more efficient and profitable for all involved. Don was a family man, avid cyclist and balanced his interests and activities with a busy schedule as the President and CEO of AASC. He is missed."
Chambers, 40, of Atkinson, N.H., has been an auctioneer for more than 20 years and typically works 6-8 auto auction sales a week at ADESA Boston, ADESA, Concorde, Manheim's New England Auto Auction and Hartford-Springfield Auction Co-Op.
The Bernie Hart Memorial Auctioneer Award honors "the most visible person in the auction industry." The award is named after long-time NAAA Executive Director Bernie Hart of Lincoln, Nebraska, who served the association for more than 30 years before retiring in 1988.
Of late, Chambers has been very visible in the industry. He was the runner up (third-place) in the 2014 World Automobile Auctioneer Championships. And, just this summer earned the "Chuck Cumberlin Sportsman Award" during the July 2014 National Auctioneer Association International Auctioneer Championship. He also earned the title of 2006 Massachusetts Bid Calling Champion from the Massachusetts Auctioneers Association.