The date for the memorial service for remarketing industry veteran Don Meadows is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.
Meadows, president and CEO of Auto Auction Services Corp., passed away Dec. 10, 2012 from a presumed heart attack. He was 60.
The service is estimated to last about 90 minutes, and will be followed by a light lunch and an opportunity to mingle.
The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North is located at 7 Concourse Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Meadows started in the automotive industry as a mechanic for a franchise dealer. He then branched off as an entreprenuer owning his own garage, which he sold in 1984. Hired into Donlen’s Fleet Management Group in 1984, Meadows advanced into remarketing, and was mentored by Don Rappeport, the co-founder of Donlen.
Meadows focused on training Donlen’s fleet manager clients about the value of vehicle selection and proper depreciation techniques. While at Donlen, Meadows spent two years designing and implementing the next generation of an inventory management system for remarketing.
In 1997, after an industry conference keynote by Darryl Ceccoli (former president and CEO of Manheim Auctions) sparked the idea, Meadows drew up a plan and landed the position that led to AutoIMS.com, a one-stop shop for managing vehicle remarketing portfolios, which launched in 1998. Meadows resigned his position at Donlen in 1998 and was named president and CEO of the Auto Auction Services Corp, a position he held for the past 14 years.
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