New leaders move to four ADESA auction sites
ADESA President John Hammer said that although the majority of the company’s sales are done online and through its apps, its customers still have a strong need for facilities and services at its retail sites. auction.
“Promoting high quality internal candidates to leadership positions on our physical auction sites enables smooth transitions and sets the stage for positive momentum as we continue to provide critical resources to our sellers and buyers,” Hammer said in a press release.
With this in mind, ADESA has appointed new general managers to two of its 74 auctions in North America.
These new CEOs are David Claxton at ADESA Minneapolis and Terry Costner at ADESA Nashville.
ADESA also stated that Cheryl Toler has returned to ADESA Los Angeles as the auction manager. Amanda Brendle becomes Head of Auctions at ADESA Fresno.
Claxton joined ADESA Minneapolis as General Sales Manager in 2018. With over 40 years of automotive experience, he learned body repair and paintwork in high school.
Claxton’s expertise includes owning and operating an authorized retail store, and he has served as Managing Director of several dealerships and held sales leadership roles with ADP Dealer Services, DealerTrack eCarlist and Team Velocity Marketing.
Claxton replaces Jay Fahrendorff, who recently retired.
As for Costner, he started his more than 35 years of experience in the automotive industry as a car salesman. Eventually, he owned and managed his own dealership.
In his role as dealership owner, Costner was a frequent client of ADESA and brought that client perspective to ADESA Nashville in 2017, when he joined the auction as General Manager of Sales. Costner will work closely with current retired CEO Harold Chapman and take up his full-time role on May 1.
“Dave is known for his dedication to strong teamwork and human resources processes, which makes him a valued leader of ADESA since joining the Minneapolis team,” said the director of the ADESA operator, Srisu Subrahmanyam, in a press release.
Speaking about Costner, Subrahmanyam said, “Terry brings a passion for education to the workplace, approaching each day as an opportunity to experience something new, which will inspire the Nashville team to reach new heights.
Regarding Toler, she joined ADESA Los Angeles in 2002 as Plant Manager for Toyota.
Since then, she has held various management positions at ADESA Los Angeles and ADESA Las Vegas. These positions include the commercial account manager and the deputy general manager. She was then promoted to her most recent role as Managing Director of ADESA Fresno.
Toler reports to ADESA Los Angeles Managing Director Ted Coates in her new role, in which she will focus on accelerating the auction’s repackaging services.
And as for Brendle, she’s worked in the auto industry her whole life and as a teenager she worked at her father’s independent car dealership.
She helped him open an independent auction, Fresno Auto Dealers Exchange, in 2011. Brasher’s auction group acquired this auction in 2015, and ADESA acquired it in 2016.
Over the years, Brendle’s growing responsibilities include roles such as Assistant Manager, Office Manager, General Sales Manager and most recently Director of Dealer Relations.
“Cheryl’s talent for fostering strong client relationships, along with over 30 years of experience in the auto auction industry, make her an ideal fit for this role at our Los Angeles location,” said Subrahmanyam.
Subrahmanyam continued, “Amanda has established long-lasting relationships with customers in the Fresno market, which positions her perfectly to grow the business at this site organically. “