ADESA president John Hammer says new general managers at four of the company’s wholesale vehicle auction locations “have proven their worth through their own career progression and the success of the auctions where they have worked over the years.”
“Having great leaders who inspire our teams to strive for excellence is imperative, and here we have new general managers who embody that value,” Hammer said in a news release.
The new general managers are Scott Coleman at ADESA Portland, Kathy Hopkins at ADESA Indianapolis, Eric Jenkins at ADESA Dallas and Mike Phillips at ADESA Buffalo.
“I’m confident that these leaders position us for success in 2020 and beyond,” Hammer said.
Coleman’s more than 25 years of automotive sales leadership includes seven years at ADESA Portland. In 2013, he became UVA manager the auction, which was part of the Brasher’s auction group at the time.
He became general sales manager in 2018. Prior to joining ADESA Portland, Coleman worked in various sales leadership positions during his 19 years at Enterprise Holdings.
Kathy Hopkins. Photo courtesy of ADESA.
“Throughout his tenure as general sales manager, Scott has helped ADESA Portland grow in all areas of performance — from world-class customer service, impressive dealer sales and increased market share,” ADESA chief operating officer Srisu Subrahmanyam said.
As for Hopkins, she makes a return to ADESA Indianapolis, where she started her career in 1998 as an account coordinator. She has since worked in sales and operational roles within the company.
In 2019, Hopkins was promoted to vice president of dealer sales for TradeRev. ADESA describes her as “a familiar face in the auto remarketing industry,” noting that she received Auto Remarketing’s 40 Under 40 and Women in Remarketing awards.
“Kathy’s extensive knowledge of physical and digital sales strategy, in conjunction with her strong industry relationships, make her a great fit for the general manager role at ADESA Indianapolis,” Subrahmanyam said.
As for Jenkins, after joining ADESA in 2005 as an outside coordinator and condition report writer at ADESA Dallas, he was promoted to fleet lease manager at ADESA Austin, then assistant general manager at ADESA Atlanta and general manager at ADESA Birmingham.
In 2018, he became assistant general manager of ADESA Dallas. He was honored as one of Auto Remarketing’s 40 Under 40 recipients and earned the Alabama Independent Automobile Dealers Association Auction Hall of Fame award in 2017.
“Eric will continue to lead ADESA Dallas to success with his unique ability to build relationships with his team and customers, both locally and regionally,” Subrahmanyam said.
As for Phillips, he has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. He started in sales at an auto body repair shop before becoming store manager. He went on to join ADESA Buffalo in 1996 as assistant controller and later became controller.
He was promoted to business manager in 1999. In that post, he oversaw many aspects of auction operations, finance, planning and growth initiatives. He has been assistant general manager at ADESA Buffalo since 2007.
“During Mike’s tenure as second in command at ADESA Buffalo, the auction earned numerous regional and national awards, most notably from Ford, and we know that he will uphold that model of success with the team,” Subrahmanyam said.