Carolina Auto Auction has named Eric Autenrieth as its general manager. Henry and Patty Stanley, the owners of the auction, announced that Autenrieth, their son, will transition into the role over the next several months.
The new role marks a return for Autenrieth. He left the auction in 2007, after working there for a decade, to manage the Indian Auto Auction. He managed and owned the auction in partnership with his parents ever since.
“We’re delighted that Eric will be returning to Carolina Auto Auction,” said Henry Stanley. “He has done an outstanding job at the Indiana Auto Auction in the nine years since we bought that facility. The time was right to make changes to the management structure at Carolina Auto Auction, and we know that the auction will continue to grow and thrive under his supervision.”
When the Stanley’s purchased the Carolina Auto Auction, Eric joined them in the family business, said Henry Stanley. He worked there for a decade as an outside dealer sales representative, sales and marketing manager, fleet/lease manager, and finally as assistant general manager. When they purchased Indiana Auto Auction in 2007, Eric moved north to manage that facility.
“2007 was not an opportune time to start a new venture in the auction industry,” said Patty Stanley. “The economic downturn presented all of us with serious challenges, but Eric showed tremendous leadership and skill in making Indiana Auto Auction a success. He has grown the sale to offer 800 cars a week, with an excellent balance of fleet/lease and dealer consignment.”
Autenrieth will oversee the Indiana Auto Auction management team while managing Carolina Auto Auction.
Autenrieth currently serves on the NAAA board of directors. He is also ServNet’s vice president/treasurer, slated to assume the role of president in the spring of 2018, a position held by Patty from 2014 through 2016. She is currently ServNet’s chairman of the board.