Holly Callan grew up across the street from Corry Auto Dealers Exchange in Corry, Pa., but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she began working for the auction. And now, she finds the auction business to be “such a significant part of my life.”
Callan is the commercial account manager for both CADE and Winchester Auto Auction, located in Bunker Hill, W.Va.
“I facilitate every aspect of the remarketing process from the initial contact with a potential consignor through the final sale process,” she said, describing her role with the auctions. “I have an extremely hands-on approach to the remarketing business and auction process, which has allowed me to grow quickly within our organization. From Day 1, I strived to learn every aspect of the business.”
Callan said she has known the Swift family, which owns the two auctions, for a long time, but most of her career has been spent outside of the remarketing industry in general management positions at two other small businesses, she said.
“The Swift family brought me on as part of their team to build relationships and create depth in our commercial and fleet department. In three short years, we have increased our annual volume more than 90 percent and drastically diversified our consignment regionally and nationally,” Callan said.
When asked what makes her the most proud about her career, she said: “I am most proud of the success and growth that we have experienced as an auction and a company over the last four years. I have had the opportunity to guide our auctions not only in steady volume growth, but most importantly in the growth of relationships.
“These relationships are what make us a success. Together as a team with our remarketing partners we not only succeed in business but also succeed in the impact that we have in the industry,” she said. “The relationships and friendships that I have built within the industry mean the most to me.”
Lastly, Callan shared a bit about folks she admires in the business.
“There are so many impactful leaders and mentors that have influenced my journey in the auto industry. Many remarketers and fellow independent auction staff have been instrumental in my growth over the years, and I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of an industry that fosters such growth and development among their peers,” she said.
“That is why it is so important to me to strive each day to develop and grow my team even further. I want to mentor and teach my team as so many people in the industry did for me. Our focus will continue to be to provide the best possible remarketing experience for our consignors and dealers. Their satisfaction is the key to my success!”
Holly Callan, 36, is the commercial account manager at Corry Auto Dealers Exchange and Winchester Auto Auction.