ADESA provides wholesale vehicle auction solutions to professional car buyers and sellers. Our customers include:
- Vehicle manufacturers
- Rental companies
- Financial institutions
- Fleet managers
- Independent dealers
- Franchise dealers
The Executive Team
John Hammer has served as president of ADESA since February 2018. In this role, he directs the development and implementation of ADESA’s overall strategy and growth objectives and oversees the company’s operations in the United States. Carvana acquired ADESA US from KAR Auction Services in May 2022.
Hammer is an automotive industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of wholesale, retail, and financing environments, as well as solid relationships throughout the industry.
Prior to being named president of ADESA, Hammer served as CEO of U.S. Auto Sales, Inc. He had previously spent seven years in senior leadership at Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), another business unit of KAR Auction Services, as CEO, president and chief operating officer. Before joining AFC, Hammer spent 17 years in roles of increasing responsibility at several automotive and finance companies, including Ally Financial, AutoNation and Mercedes-Benz Financial.
Hammer holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in finance from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Jay Bahel is ADESA’s Senior Vice President of Business Transformation. In this role, he works with all aspects of the ADESA business — including operations, product, technology, sales, and marketing — to help drive the business.
Bahel joined KAR Auction Services as VP of Strategic Initiatives at AFC in 2011 and next served as VP of Strategic Initiatives for KAR in 2015 before being named VP of Business Transformation at ADESA in 2019. Prior to joining KAR, Bahel was CIO for a division of Brunswick Corporation, a consulting group leader with Project Leadership Associates (PLA), and led his own technology management consultancy.
Bahel holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from Northern Illinois University.
Mike Caggiano has served as ADESA’s executive vice president of U.S. operations since March 2013. In this position, he is responsible for leading the strategic development and primary business operations for the region.
Caggiano’s entry into the remarketing industry came in 1985 with a Massachusetts-based leasing company, where he eventually served as their general sales manager.
Caggiano joined ADESA Boston in 1996 as sales manager, where he was in charge of the auction’s dealer consignment sale. In 2000, he opened ADESA Concord, a greenfield site in Acton, Massachusetts, and served as the auction’s general manager. In 2007, he was promoted to regional vice president of ADESA’s Eastern region.
Caggiano is an active participant in the NAAA Membership Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.
As vice president of commercial customer solutions, John Combs oversees commercial clients throughout the United States. With a diverse skill set of auction operations, including sales and management, he brings both strong leadership and significant insight to the ADESA sales team.
A long-time remarketing professional, Combs has 25 years of industry experience. His remarketing career began in 1991 as the reconditioning manager for ADESA Memphis; he was later promoted to fleet lease manager and arbitration manager. Since then, he has held several management positions such as fleet lease manager and general sales manager for Dealers Auction of Dallas, remarketing manager for Sunstar Acceptance Corp. and national auction remarketing manager for Bank One Credit Company. In 2000 he opened a greenfield site, ABC Indianapolis, as general manager. He returned to ADESA in 2006 to serve in key roles, including executive sales director and general manager of ADESA San Diego, before assuming his current position as vice president of commercial customer solutions.
Combs holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Mehul Ghantiwala serves ADESA as Vice President of Finance. He has devoted his career to ADESA, joining ADESA Los Angeles in 2006 as a staff accountant and working his way up the ladder with promotions to positions of increasing responsibility. He relocated to Indianapolis to join the corporate office in 2018 as Director of Finance and was promoted to Senior Director and then VP in 2021.
Ghantiwala holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting from the University of California-Riverside and is a CPA.
Laura Gretencord is Vice President of Legal for ADESA. Gretencord has more than 25 years of experience in corporate law, starting her career as an associate for Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman. After moving to Marsh Supermarkets, she rose to General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Gretencord joined ADESA in 2016.
Gretencord earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University-Bloomington and her J.D. from IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Shawn Humphries is ADESA’s Vice President of Information Technology. In this role, he leads IT operations and develops strategies to leverage emerging technologies to promote organizational growth.
Humphries came to ADESA in 2017 as Director of Engineering after more than 15 years with Baker Hill, a leading FinTech company in the Midwest. He helped Baker Hill through two major sales and transitions, first with Experian and later with private equity. Humphries had first explored the auto remarketing industry as VP of Software Development for fast-paced startup DriveCentric. At ADESA, he was promoted to VP of Product Development for physical auctions in 2020 and moved into his current role in 2022.
Humphries graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Tom Kontos is Chief Economist for ADESA and leads ADESA Analytical Services. In this position, Kontos interfaces with key clients and dealers, Wall Street and automotive analysts, and members of the media to provide information and insight on economic trends in the vehicle remarketing industry. His monthly “Kontos Kommentary” is a popular must-read for tracking used vehicle market trends. ADESA’s Analytical Services team is considered a value-added resource for ADESA customers, producing actionable annual, bi-annual, quarterly and ad hoc customized studies for dealer and commercial clients.
Kontos was honored with the Ed Bobit Icon of the Automotive Industry Award by the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance and the National Auto Auction Association in 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience in market research, financial analysis and strategic planning.
Kontos holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He has taught at Birmingham-Southern College and Trevecca University and participated in the Master of Liberal Arts and Science Program at Vanderbilt University.
As Vice President of Reconditioning Services for ADESA, Scott Meyer directs all aspects of finance, accounting, budgeting and financial planning and analysis.
Meyer began his career with ADESA in 2003 as assistant controller for ADESA IMPACT. In 2004 he moved to the company’s corporate finance group, and then returned to ADESA in 2006 as controller. Meyer was promoted to vice president of finance in 2013.
Prior to joining ADESA, Meyer worked as an accountant and senior accountant at Deloitte & Touche from 1999 to 2003.
Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
Geoff Parker is an auto remarketing industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. Currently serving as the Vice President of National Accounts Enterprise Solutions – Dealer for ADESA, Parker started his career with the company in 2003 at ADESA Dallas, rising through the ranks to the role of assistant general manager. After moving back home to serve as ADESA Cincinnati/Dayton GM for eight years, Parker became a regional VP for ADESA in 2016 and was subsequently promoted to his current role in 2021.
Parker was named one of the Power 300 for the Auto Remarketing industry in 2015 and has served on the membership committee for the NAAA since 2015.
Parker graduated from Hillsdale College in 1991.
Trevor first joined ADESA in 2002 and has a proven track record for leading operations and technology teams in the creation, implementation and support of both business and online auto remarketing programs. He was instrumental in the development and growth of industry-leading products such as ADESA LiveBlock and ADESA DealerBlock.
Previously, Trevor served as vice president of e-business and business development for ADESA Canada and then managing director of OPENLANE Canada and in 2014 he was appointed to his current role as chief operating officer of ADESA Canada.
Trevor has vast institutional knowledge of the auction business. He has proven to be a strong leader and has previously demonstrated his ability to grow our Internet-based remarketing platforms.
He holds a BA from McMaster University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
As general manager of ADESA Winnipeg and senior vice president of Canadian operations, Gregg Maidment oversees all ADESA operations in Ontario and Western Canada, in addition to managing auction activities at ADESA Winnipeg.
A seasoned auto auction veteran, Maidment began his career in the industry in 1986 as owner/partner of Canadian Auction Group, with 12 locations coast to coast in Canada. After ADESA acquired Canadian Auction Group, he was named general manager and regional vice president of Western Canada. He was elevated to senior vice president, Canadian operations, in 2005.
A graduate of Reisch Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, Maidment began his career as an auctioneer at the Montreal/Toronto Auto Auctions in 1985. He has continued his professional education and training, earning certifications including Leadership Excellence from Disney University in Florida; The Human Operating System from Senn Delaney Leadership in California; and Public Presentations from Rogen Canada in Ontario.
Maidment is a long-time member of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA). He is an active philanthropist in the Winnipeg community, supporting dozens of charities annually by donating his time and auction services. He has received many professional awards, such as the Golden Gavel from the Ford Motor Company, Canada, in 1998 and in 2003. In 1999, he received Canada’s DaimlerChrysler Achievement Award. Under his leadership, ADESA Winnipeg won the ADESA auction of the year award for Canada in 2014, and in 2016, ADESA Winnipeg was named Eastern chapter auction of the year by the NAAA.
In 1999, John Lewis joined Canadian Auction Group (and subsequently ADESA Canada) as their Corporate Controller. Looking to gain valuable field experience, he accepted a Controller position at ADESA Toronto in 2004. After four years in that role, he stepped into a Regional Controller role and attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering.
In 2010, Lewis accepted a position with ADESA Canada as Director of Financial Operations until his promotion to Vice President of Business and Financial Operations in January 2014.
Prior to joining ADESA, Lewis worked at KPMG in their assurance practice where he met his wife and earned his Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Lewis holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.
Sheryl Watson is ADESA Canada and OPENLANE’s general counsel and senior vice president. Watson oversees the legal affairs of ADESA in Canada, OPENLANE in both the United States and Canada, and labour law matters for all of KAR’s Canadian business units.
Previously, Watson also led the human resources team for KAR’s Canadian business units and plays a key role in many of KAR’s mergers, acquisitions and significant transactions.
An active member of the National Auto Auction Association, she served as chair of the NAAA Canadian Committee from 2006 to 2009 where she led an initiative to standardize the Association’s Canadian disclosure standards. Watson has also served on advisory committees to the Ontario and Manitoba governments regarding the regulation of motor vehicle dealers and currently serves on the stakeholders committee of the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. She also leads the Legislation Committee for the Canadian branch of the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance.
Prior to joining ADESA in 1999, Watson practiced commercial litigation and employment law at the Toronto law firms of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt and Torys.
Watson earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from York University, her juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Simon Robitaille joined ADESA in 2007 as a business manager and was quickly appointed operations manager. Robitaille was promoted to general manager of ADESA Quebec City in 2009.
In 2011 Robitaille accepted a position with ADESA Montreal as general manager until his promotion to general manager and regional vice president for eastern Canada for ADESA in March 2016. He is responsible for providing guidance throughout the region and helping to expand and enhance operations in these key markets.
Robitaille holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from Laval University.
We keep growing to serve you better
Since we entered the used vehicle marketplace in 1989, we’ve continued to grow and expand our product offerings. Our goal is to provide a simplified and seamless customer experience across our end-to-end vehicle remarketing services.
- Employs more than 11,000 people at more than 75 auction sites and corporate locations throughout North America
- Acquires Flint Auto Auction, strengthening Midwest footprint in key Detroit market
- Invests approximately $40 million to develop most technologically advanced auction site and fill unmet need in Chicago
- Expands into the UK with acquisition of online vehicle remarketer, GRS
- Acquires eight sites from Brasher’s Auto Auctions, increasing footprint in three new states and enhancing buyer base in region
- Acquires Sanford Auto Dealers Exchange, expanding footprint in robust Florida market
- Acquires DataScan Field Services, delivering comprehensive vehicle inspection services backed by innovative technology
- Offers dealer-to-dealer network earlier access to high-quality trade-ins through new TradeRev app
- Acquires industry-leading technology platform, OPENLANE, making sourcing, selling and off-lease processing faster and more cost efficient
- Creates complete transportation solution by integrating auction locations with industry leader, CarsArrive Network
- Provides software and data solutions for the recovery of assets through Recovery Database Network (RDN)
- Streamlines vehicle tracking process at auction with acquisition of AuctionTrac
- Acquires leading provider of internet-based auction software, Live Global Bid, enhancing simulcast capabilities
- Expands service offering with acquisition of Dent Demon, advanced paintless dent removal
- Expands geographic footprint and enhance physical and online buyer bases with new auction locations
- Offers buyers and sellers a better wholesale vehicle auction solution with launch of two locations