We contacted Trotter for a response: “I have no clue what he’s talking about,” Trotter said. He added that he and McGregor parted ways when MAC closed.
McGregor said he has acted as a consultant to several Tennessee auction firms, including Elite Auction Services and MAC, as well as MPA in Missouri. He said he registered his own name as owner of the MPA web domain to retain lucrative web development work.
“As a consultant, I was asked to create a domain and it is registered to me. It was really a tough situation to get in, just because it was a crash-and-burn situation with Vince [Trotter],” McGregor said. “When somebody pays you as a contractor to set up a website, you lose your rights to the domain name. You give away the administrative right. In order to get an administration fee, you have to be the administrator. I wasn’t going to give up a top position; I would have to give up access.
“If they don’t ask for those rights, they don’t get ‘em,” McGregor said.
Trotter owed him money when their business relationship ended, McGregor said, and he took the job for MPA partly out of spite: “I was doing it more vindictively toward Trotter than anything else,” he told Dealernews, adding that Trotter called police when McGregor tried to recover personal property from MAC. “I still had some belongings at it. He called the police and said he owned the property. Meanwhile, Trotter and I had one of our very last conversations, which was basically a screaming match.”
For now, McGregor said, “I will be doing some consulting with Extreme. I think Mr. Shouppe is a good guy.”