Strategic leadership role designed to strengthen operations, reconditioning processes to meet growth in the emerging fleet and mobility sectors.
Atlanta, GA – Manheim has named Tony Markese vice president, Reconditioning, where he will be responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction for its reconditioning services. Markese’ move supports Manheim’s goal of growing its quality reconditioning operations to prepare for emerging growth in the digital and mobility sectors.
“Reconditioning is a significant part of our business and is growing fast as the mobility landscape shifts and new entrants come onto the scene,” said Fredrick Standfield, senior vice president, Assurance and Reconditioning, at Manheim. “With the fast-paced transformation of the automotive marketplace, Tony’s exceptional ability to manage change and help his teams and clients envision the big picture make him the ideal person to lead this growing area of our business.”
Markese brings deep operations experience and industry knowledge to the role. He joined the company in 1998 as controller at Manheim Orlando and went on to serve as general manager at several Manheim operating locations in Florida before his promotion to vice president, Operational Excellence, in 2012. In that role, he helped to lead large, transformational projects, including the $400 million initiative to modernize Manheim’s operating locations.
In this role, Markese will be tasked with ensuring the company attracts and retains top automotive technicians across its nationwide network. With the industry facing a projected shortage of qualified technicians, this will be no small feat. But with the company’s partnership with the TechForce Foundation, along with a forthcoming apprentice program for new and aspiring technicians, Markese is confident in Manheim’s future technician workforce.
“We know what bright futures automotive technicians can have, especially at a company like Manheim, which offers training, support and opportunities for career growth,” Markese commented. “Between our internal programs and external partnerships, we are doing everything we can to promote this important career path and highlight the role that it will play in the future of mobility.”
Manheim continually invests in its reconditioning shops, people, processes and technology to meet growing industry demand. In addition to reconditioning services that support the vehicles within the Manheim marketplace, over half of Manheim’s physical locations now offer reconditioning services that help dealers get their vehicles in front-line condition—enabling the company to produce over 100,000 retail-ready vehicles since 2015.