LAS VEGAS - The National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) has recognized three individuals as Warren Young, Sr., Fellows for their personal achievements and professional contributions to the auto auction industry. The honor was presented during the 2012 NAAA/CAR Conference held at Las Vegas, Nevada, in March.

Receiving the lifetime distinction were Dave Alfonso, National Auction Sales Manager, Kia Motors America; Lynn Weaver, General Manager, Harrisburg Auto Auction; and Ken Osborn, General Manager, ADESA Dallas.

The NAAA, which represents more than 300 auction members in North America, bestowed the award with a $2,500 donation in each of their names to the association's nonprofit Warren Young, Sr., Scholastic Foundation. A Fellow is an individual who contributes at that level, or in whose honor or memory a contribution is made in that amount, to the scholarship organization.

"It is our pleasure and privilege to honor these three industry leaders for their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence," said NAAA President Charlotte Pyle. "Their efforts have made a major positive mark on the remarketing world and provide an outstanding example of professional accomplishment to future generations in our business. That's why we feel this is a fitting tribute because their fellowships will help endow the dreams of higher education and achievement for many deserving students."

Since its creation in 2004, the Warren Young, Sr., Scholastic Foundation has raised more than $1.25 million and awards a total of $40,000 in merit scholarships annually for full-time study at an accredited institution. It was named in honor of Warren Young, Sr., a pioneer of the auto auction industry who retired after 35 years of devoted service to his profession and the NAAA.

Alfonso, Weaver and Osborn join an exclusive group of 60 others who have attained this recognition over the years. They receive a framed commemorative certificate, a gold medallion, and a distinctive lapel pin. Also, their names will be engraved on a plaque beside their esteemed Fellows, which is permanently displayed at NAAA headquarters near Washington, D.C.