|By PR Newswire||
|March 24, 2014 02:00 PM EDT||
WESTCHESTER, Ill., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), the leading live and live-online salvage auto auction company and wholly-owned subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), today announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Client Officer Don Hermanek has been nominated to the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of SkillsUSA (Illinois SkillsUSA) for a two-year term. In this role, Hermanek will work with the board to lead local initiatives in the state that will further the association's mission of developing leaders for tomorrow and ensuring America's skilled workforce.
Illinois SkillsUSA, a state affiliated association of the national SkillsUSA, serves high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled and service occupations. Illinois SkillsUSA has approximately 3,500 members in chapters throughout the state. As a member of the Illinois SkillsUSA Board of Directors, Hermanek will help to reorganize the board to better serve its more than 70 chapters across the state. The board will also be responsible for highlighting SkillsUSA opportunities for high school and college students in Illinois and creating programs for the association to better enhance the communication between volunteers and schools.
"A central part of IAA's mission is giving back to the communities we serve and we are proud that members of our senior leadership team have dedicated themselves to causes such as this," said John Kett, president of IAA and a committee member of SkillsUSA's Youth Development Foundation. "IAA has been a longtime supporter of SkillsUSA and its local affiliates and Don is among our executives who are actively involved in this cause. We congratulate Don on his appointment and his continued efforts in advocating for training and education in the industry."
Hermanek is a 35+ year veteran of the automotive claims and salvage industry. Prior to assuming his current role, Hermanek was senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, which also included field sales, corporate accounts and all marketing leadership for IAA. Before joining IAA in 2000, Hermanek served as vice president of Business Development for Consolidated Services Corp. (now Lease Plan), vice president of National Sales for Safelite Glass Corporation, and vice president of Sales for ADP Claims Services (now Audatex/Solera). He is a member of numerous industry and professional associations and most recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. He holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Illinois-Chicago and began his professional career with the IBM Corporation.
IAA has been an official sponsor of the national division of SkillsUSA since 2012. To date, IAA and sister company ADESA have donated $100,000 in support of key leadership development programming and SkillsUSA's overall mission.
About Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.
Insurance Auto Auctions is the leading live and live-online salvage vehicle auction company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR). Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, IAA has over 160 auction facilities throughout North America offering towing, financing and titling services. With the most auction facilities in North America, IAA provides registered buyers from around the globe with millions of opportunities to bid on and purchase donated and salvaged vehicles. Since 1982, IAA has sold millions of vehicles through its weekly auctions for insurance companies, fleet and rental companies, financing companies, charity organizations and the general public. IAA also leverages its business model to assist charitable organizations in the US through its One Car One Difference® campaign. To date IAA has provided millions of dollars in additional funding to charities by assisting in the processing of donated vehicles. Learn how we are making a difference by visiting www.1car1difference.com. With a talented team of over 2,200 employees, IAA is committed to providing customers with the highest level of services in the salvage auto industry. Go to www.IAA-Auctions.com to learn more, and follow IAA on Facebook and Twitter.
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America on May 8, 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to: www.skillsusa.org.
SOURCE Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.