FREDERICK, Md. –
The National Auto Auction Association named its two newest Warren Young Fellows on Friday; an honor that recognizes their noteworthy contributions to NAAA’s auction safety initiatives.
The latest two wholesale executives to be given this accolade are Tim Massingale, KAR remarketing services vice president of environmental safety and health, and Mike Roy, vice president of auto auction practice for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services,
NAAA, which represents about 350 wholesale auto auctions and more than 140 associate members, gave the award with a $2,500 donation in each of their names to NAAA’s nonprofit Warren Young Scholastic Foundation. A fellow is a donor at that level, or in whose honor or memory a contribution is made in that amount, to support the scholarship organization.
Massingale and Roy join an exclusive group of 122 others who have attained the lifetime distinction of being named a fellow. They each received a gold medallion, a framed commemorative certificate and will have their names engraved on a plaque of esteemed fellows at NAAA headquarters.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Scholastic Foundation, named in honor of Warren Young, Sr., a pioneer of the auto auction industry who retired after 35 years of service to his profession and NAAA, has helped 180 students pursue dreams of higher education and raised more than $2.5 million. It awards $52,000 in merit scholarships annually for study at accredited institutions.
NAAA highlighted both Massingale and Roy played important roles in the timely creation and distribution of the NAAA Auction Start-up Playbook in Response to COVID-19 as a resource to help auctions resume operations safely in the post-pandemic world, according to NAAA president Laura Taylor in her presentation.
The 18-page guide, along with a special three-page addendum focused just on disinfecting and deep cleaning, provides checklists, diagrams, plans, and other material for implementing safety protocols that reduce the risk of exposure to infectious disease in the workplace.
Taylor praised the new fellows for their efforts in rolling out the Playbook to “safeguard auction employees, customers, contractors, their families and communities” during the pandemic.
“In addition, Tim and Mike have been involved in promoting greater safety awareness and accident prevention at auctions as active members of NAAA’s Safety Committee,” Taylor said. “They’ve made presentations at our safety summits, participated in the Safe T. Sam program, written articles for NAAA’s On The Block magazine and joined many conference calls to keep improving what we’re doing to make our auctions a safer place to work and do business.
“Their ongoing dedication and valuable input to achieve that goal is why we recognize them today,” Taylor added.