With 65 auction locations throughout North America, our general managers play a vital role in our business. Their passion for our industry is evident, as is their dedication to our customers and our employees.

Here are four general manager changes at our auctions, and a little bit more about each.

Theo Jelks, general manager, ADESA Los Angeles

Theo Jelks returns to ADESA Los Angeles, where he served as general manager from 2009-2011. In late 2011, he joined the company’s newest greenfield auction, ADESA Las Vegas, where he most recently served as the auction’s general manager.

Theo joined ADESA in 2001 as executive sales director and became general manager of ADESA Tampa in December 2005. Prior to that, he was new business manager of Car Brite, a leading manufacturer of auto reconditioning products. Theo’s background also includes five years of military service in the United States Air Force and nearly a decade of experience in criminal justice and security.


Jay Hinchman, general manager, ADESA Las Vegas

Previously general manager at ADESA New Jersey, Jay will now serve as general manager of ADESA Las Vegas.

Jay’s career in the remarketing industry spans more than 18 years. He joined ADESA in 2008 and was general manager at the New Jersey auction since 2009.

Throughout his remarketing career, he has held various management and executive positions at Bank of America/ Oxford Resources Corp. as well as JM Family Enterprises (World Omni/Southeast Toyota Finance).


Craig Estep, general manager, ADESA New Jersey

Craig Estep has been named general manager at ADESA New Jersey. He most recently served as general manager for Upstate Auto Auction.

Craig began his career in the auction industry in 1991 at Statesville Auto Auction. He joined ADESA Indianapolis in 1994 as fleet/lease manager, where he also served as the auction’s operations/reconditioning manager. He was also general manager at Western Carolina Auto Auction.




Zachary Jones, general manager, ADESA Great Lakes

Previously operations/transportation manager at ADESA Great Lakes, Zach will now oversee operations as the auction’s general manager.

Zach began his career with ADESA in 2006. Prior to joining the company, he worked as a fleet manager, dispatcher and driver for ASR Services/Daltons Towing/Auto Site. There he became familiar with various aspects of the automotive industry, including maintenance, fleet services and operations.



All of these individuals are proven leaders who know what it takes to run a successful auction. I am excited to share their expertise with each of these locations and their customers.