Several members of the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) recently brought the excitement of the auction experience to a Senate Automotive Caucus meeting in Capitol Hill. I had the great honor of being part of this group, along with three ADESA colleagues: Heather Greenawald and Elizabeth Murphy of our legal team, and Warren Clauss, general manager of ADESA Buffalo and NAAA President-elect. Several other industry professionals joined us.

The simulated sale day—called “Wholesale Auto Auctions 101”—included an auctioneer, colorful cutouts of vehicles and crisp stacks of “NAAA bucks” for bidding.

This event was coordinated as a way to educate policymakers about the wholesale auto auction business and the important role auctions play in both the automotive industry and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Prior to our lively auction simulation, the NAAA team presented a 30-minute video that depicts the auction process from beginning to end: from vehicles arriving via transport truck, to inspection, check-in, repair, painting, reconditioning, photo booth, sale staging, sales day bidding and check out. The video also emphasized the credentialing of wholesale car dealers.

Staff from the offices of caucus members Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. James Risch (R-ID) and Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) took part. Also in attendance were representatives of U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the congressional joint Economic Committee.

After the event, a reception hosted by NAAA gave the legislative aides an opportunity for more in-depth discussions with NAAA members.

Advocating for the interests of our members and the remarketing industry requires proactive education on our part, and we were proud to help provide that education to congressional staffers. Our team was impressed with the support of the auto caucus and with the genuine interest shown by those who attended.

All in all, this was a rewarding experience with a lot of positive feedback, and we hope to return to do another program in the future.

Group photo on Capitol Hill

Showing the auto auction experience to Senate staffers

Standing at the Senate podium with ADESA VP of Legal Heather Greenawald, and ADESA Associate Corporate Counsel Elizabeth Murphy

The use of NAAA bucks helped to create a fun and engaging experience for Senate staffers