Each year, women executives and leaders from ADESA and the automotive remarketing industry reconvene for the Women of Remarketing (WOR) conference. This meet-up is the foremost annual forum committed to advancing the impact of women in the remarketing community. It’s one of my favorite events, and I look forward to it each year.

Debbie Vaughn, executive sales director at ADESA, launched this conference in 2002. Debbie and I served as hosts for 2017, along with Corinne Amrhein, director of meetings and events, and Brenda Aden, general manager of ADESA Las Vegas.

This year, attendees traveled to the Pacific Northwest to discuss hot topics in our industry and reconnect with our colleagues in the marketplace.

At the Alexis Hotel Seattle, the conference opened with roundtable discussions. We shared ideas in the kind of small group setting that fosters candor and inspires problem-solving. Afterward, we engaged in off-site team building exercises. The group experienced creativity first-hand as we took turns fabricating bowls at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio. Later we toured the Chihuly Garden. Beautiful!

The next morning, my colleagues and I presented information about the state of the remarketing industry. We shared the latest technology and business updates from ADESA.

Then it was on to an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of our working relationships and explore the city of Seattle. We wandered Pike’s Place Market, taking in the sights and sounds. And, of course, we visited the Space Needle. What’s a trip to Seattle without that view? We rounded out our conference with a group dinner to celebrate our commonalities and differences.

Through our two-day mix of practical discussions and community-building experiences, we forged a deeper understanding of the factors that impact our business. That understanding will help us create better solutions for our customers in the marketplace.

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year’s Women of Remarketing event. We are already looking forward to next year.

Touring the Chihuly Garden