Auctioneer wins national Auction of the Year award
An auto auctioneer in the area has won a $20,000 national award.
Wayland-based West Michigan Auto Auction, or WMAA, was honored with the 2016 Auction of the Year Award by the National Auto Auction Association, or NAAA. It’s the first time the award has been given.
“Our team is honored to be the inaugural winner of this distinguished award from the NAAA,” said Carl Miskotten, general manager, WMAA.
The award and check were given at the NAAA National Conference in Las Vegas in November. The money was given by the association to continue WMAA's tradition of giving back to the community.
WMAA plans to split the money between Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and West Michigan Connected Family.
The company's employees have made several other contributions to the community: a donated kidney to a dealer's employee; creation of West Michigan Connected Family, an employee-donation-run nonprofit; and the raising of $42,000 for a family member of an auction worker killed in a car accident.
“We believe in our community and giving back with both our time and financial support,” Miskotten said. “We are a family and will continue to do what we can to make an impact on our community.”
WMAA also won the Midwest Auction of the Year Award in October and donated the $5,000 prize to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
“We want to congratulate West Michigan Auto Auction and thank those involved at the auction who consistently give unselfishly of their time, effort and money to so many wonderful community service organizations,” said Mike Browning, president, NAAA.
West Michigan Auto Auction is based on an 86-acre piece of land and has 12 lanes and more than 300 employees.
The company consigns more than 1,400 vehicles a week.