Our Management Team

indiana auto auction management team

Meet The Team

Andrew J. Schaefer

General Manager

Andrew J. Schaefer is the General Manager of the Indiana Auto Auction. Andrew has been employed in the auto industry for over 27 years. He has been an associate of the Indiana Auction team since 1997 and has always provided customers with a consistent and reliable presence at the office. Andrew enjoys interacting with car dealers, customers, and IAA employees each week. He has been married for 23 years and has three children. Andrew is a dedicated Chicago Bears fan and loves playing sports with his children. He and his family live in Roanoke, IN. Andrew and his family have enjoyed providing a home for a foster child in Allen county as well as being involved in their community.

Eric Autenrieth

CEO

Eric Autenrieth is the Owner of Indiana Auto Auction and the General Manager of Carolina Auto Auction. He is also the former president of ServNet Auction group. In addition to growing up in the industry, the auction industry has been his professional career for the last twenty-two years. Eric’s leadership in marketing and operational excellence has helped the Stanley Auction Group capture numerous Auction of the Year awards from multiple commercial accounts. Eric is a 2004 graduate of Auction Academy and is CAR certified as President of the NAAA Midwest Zone, and currently serves as Director on the NAAA Southern Zone and 2024’s President of the NAAA group. Eric is a proud husband, father, and son of Hall of Fame members Henry and Patty Stanley.

Kraegen Crago

Assistant General Manager

Kraegen joined IAA in May 2022 as a sales representative for our southern territory. In October 2022, he transitioned to his current role. He is a member of Auction Academy's Class 8. Prior to starting at IAA, he spent eight years working in banking in the Fort Wayne area. He has a passion for developing and leading people. Kraegen is a dedicated husband to his wife Amber of 15 years and father to his 4 young children. He is an avid college football and Notre Dame fan.

Michael Ray

National Accounts / GSA Account Manager

Michael has a total of 30 years in the automotive industry with 17 of those being in the auto auction industry. He joined the Indiana Auto Auction team in 2014 as the operations manager. In 2018 he was moved to fleet/lease operations and started overseeing the monthly GSA auctions, with a recent move in 2019 to National Accounts Manager. Michael is a 2019 graduate of the Auction Academy and he is CAR certified. He enjoys the fast pace of the auction industry and the daily challenges it presents. Michael and his family live in Waterloo, Indiana where he and his wife enjoy watching their children grow. Michael has had a passion for automobiles his whole life. Whether that is repairing them, painting them, or racing them.

Ana Maria Tapia

Business Manager

Ana Maria Tapia is the Business Manager for Indiana Auto Auction. Ana has worked at IAA for 17 years. She loves overseeing the different departments as each brings something very valuable to the overall auction process. Ana loves the rush and excitement of auction day and still gets goosebumps every time she walks through the auction block. Ana really enjoys talking to all the car dealers and getting to know about their families and life achievements and celebrating with them. Ana’s parents were immigrants from Mexico and they instilled in her the value of hard work and to this day, she Honors them with pride. She and her husband have four children and three grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is watching the Dallas Cowboys and playing fantasy football with family and friends.

Robin Dailey-Nickols

Dealer Sales Manager

Robin Dailey-Nickols is the Dealer Sales Manager for Indiana Auto Auction. Robin has proudly served the automotive industry for over 26 years. She had been an associate of the Indiana Auction Team since the merger with Fort Wayne Auto Truck Auction in 2019 where she was employed for 17 years! Great customer service to Robin means being attentive, timely and providing an upbeat environment to her dealers. Her motto is “Give the customers a good reason to come back.” Robin has been married for 12 years and has one child at home in Hamilton, IN where they reside. Robin enjoys hunting, traveling to visit her sister in Canada, and no matter what she never misses her daughter’s sporting events.

John Wiesemann

Heavy-Duty Truck Division manager

John L. Wiesemann is the Heavy-Duty Truck Division manager for Indiana Auto Auction. John has been an auctioneer for 42 years and for the past 39 years he has specialized in heavy duty trucks and equipment. John joined IAA in 2019 during the acquisition of Fort Wayne Auto Truck Auction. John’s number one priority is customer service and staying abreast of the market nationwide. He has two sons and seven grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. John enjoys his old farm tractors and equipment. He says there is nothing more relaxing than getting on an old tractor and working. He also jumps at the chance to do charity auctions. John has lived in the Fort Wayne area for the past 35 years.

Kaylea Klein

Operations Manager

K.K is the operations manager of Indiana Auto Auction. K.K has been employed in the auto industry for 13 years with 5 of those years in the auto auction industry. She enjoys the everyday challenges it presents and the feeling after the sale is successful. In her free time, she enjoys anything outside and just hanging with the family.

Bella Martinez

Recon Supervisor

Bella Martinez is the Recon Management at Indiana Auto Auction. She has worked with IAA for seven years in the reconditioning department, growing her knowledge and working her way up to her current manager position. Everything she learned about the industry, she’s learned here. Bella takes pleasure in working alongside her team and is always ready to offer assistance. Bella loves the process of making dirty things beautiful and clean again. When she’s not at work, Bella and her husband stay busy with their 5 kids, cheering them on for CC, track, swim and show choir.

Kevin Carbaugh

Mechanics Manager

Kevin Carbaugh is the Mechanics Manager at Indiana Auto Auction, including arbitrations. He has been with IAA for 20 years, with over 26 years of automotive mechanic experience and nine years in arbitration. His tenure in the industry helps Kevin bring expertise and good judgment to the role. He has an active family life with his six children, and he is often cheering them on at basketball, softball, and volleyball games. In rare moments of free time, he can be found doing household projects or cooking with his fiancée Shawnna or hanging out with their two dogs.

Amber Johnson

Human Resources Manager

Amber Johnson serves as the Human Resources Manager at Indiana Auto Auction. She initially joined the auction in 2015 as a member of our Sales team, later advancing to the role of HR Manager and then becoming Operations Manager in 2021. After taking some time off, she rejoined us in September 2023 to lead the HR department. Amber's primary focus as a manager is ensuring everyone feels welcome. As the first friendly face new hires encounter, she emphasizes the importance of integrating them into the IAA family. Her daily life philosophy revolves around the motto "Live in the Moment," reflecting her kind, honest, and genuine personality. Originally from Butler, Amber has been a Fort Wayne resident since 1993. Over the past 14 years, she has dedicated herself to raising her daughter and supporting her in pursuing soccer, both in high school and now college. A devoted Colts fan, Amber can be found passionately cheering them on alongside her 11-year-old Pomeranian, Reece!

Blake Isham

Fleet Operations Manager

Blake Isham is the Lease Operations Manager at Indiana Auto Auction. He initially joined the team 2 years ago as a dedicated Condition Report Writer. His journey within IAA has been defined by a commitment to excellence and a passion for fostering strong relationships with both colleagues and clients. He oversees the execution of lease operation processes with a keen eye for detail, honed by his experience as a CR writer. He finds fulfillment in the connections made in the workplace and beyond. Meeting new people and collaborating with diverse teams is not only a part of his job — it’s his favorite aspect! In all aspects of life, he lives by the mantra: “Make excuses or make things happen”. Originally from Wolf Lake, Indiana, he carries the values of hard work and perseverance instilled by his upbringing. Outside of work, you can find him cheering on the Chicago Bears, a passion that deeply tests his loyalty.