The dedication and passion our employees have for the auto remarketing industry is remarkable. It is evident in their work, especially those like Michelle Mallon, ADESA’s vice president of legal.

I am proud to congratulate Michelle on being recognized as one of the thirteen women named to the 2012 class of Women in Remarketing. The honorees were recognized earlier this month during this year’s Used Car Week at the 2012 National Remarketing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Michelle, with the other women of this year’s class, also shared advice and lessons learned during their careers on a panel at NRC.

Since joining ADESA in 2002, Michelle has invested her time in and out of the office doing what’s right for customers, for auctions and for our industry. But she’s not just fighting for what’s best for ADESA; she’s fighting on behalf of all segments of our industry. Most recently, her accomplishments include taking charge on two crucial pieces of legislation—one nationally and one locally.

Locally, she is fighting for a bill in Indiana that would regulate requirements for a wholesale dealer license. She gathered testimonies from NAAA member auctions and represented them, while educating Indiana lawmakers on why this legislation affects the entire auction industry.

On the national level and as co-chair of NAAA’s Legislative Committee, Michelle was alerted to a potentially devastating piece of federal legislation that would require auto auctions to publicly disclose information on certain vehicles sold. She immediately took charge and traveled to Washington D.C., where she educated senators on the possible effects of this bill, worked directly with lobbyists, coordinated a letter writing campaign, and even knocked on doors to spread the word. Because of her hard work, the bill was not introduced.

Contributions like these to our industry are appreciated and valued by all of us. What I love most about the annual Women in Remarketing award is that nominees are selected by their peers. I think that distinction makes this award even more prestigious, and I am honored to be part of an industry filled with such great people. Congratulations again to Michelle and the twelve other honorees.

Michelle Mallon (pictured third from left) on the 2012 Women of Remarketing panel at NRC 2012. Photo by Jonathan Fredin on Auto Remarketing.

Michelle Mallon helping shine up inventory for an ADESA auto auction.