ServNet announced on April 7, 2021 that John Brasher will step down as executive director of the auction group, effective Friday, April 30, 2021. He leaves the post to pursue other opportunities in the industry. Robert Sullivan, the group’s administrative director, will be named Interim executive director as ServNet’s leadership team conducts an executive search for a new leader.
“It is with regret but with sincere thanks that we announce John Brasher’s departure from ServNet,” said ServNet’s President Bruce Beam. “He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the ServNet auctions since being named executive director in 2019. His leadership during the pandemic has been invaluable to the 24 members of the ServNet Auction group, all of whom benefited from his expertise in auction operations and his understanding of the national remarketing process. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Brasher was instrumental in developing key initiatives during his tenure as executive director, which continue to build customer relationships and strengthen remarketing outcomes at ServNet auctions across the country. ServNet’s Dealer Outreach efforts have increased the engagement of new- and used-car dealers in both live auction events and digital platforms. ServNet’s expanded data analytics initiative assists auction owners in delivering increased levels of service to customers, improving operations and lending key information to strategic planning.
“I leave my friends, mentors and companions at ServNet with mixed emotions,” said Brasher, noting that he has spent more than 95% of his career as part of ServNet, either as an auction owner himself or as a member of the executive team. “The trust and confidence I have in this group of auctions is as strong as ever. The auction owners are wise, experienced, competitive, aggressive women and men whose place and influence in our industry is needed now more than ever before. I am proud of what I have seen them accomplish over the many years I have been associated with them, and specifically over the past 14 months. These folks will always have my support and a piece of my heart.
“I look forward with excitement and anticipation to the challenges and opportunities the next chapter of my career will bring," Brasher added. “I hope to continue to contribute to the progress and advancement of our industry.”