Joe Caruso has a passion for cars—whether it’s attending a classic car show or taking his 1989 Ford Mustang for a spin.

Joe has turned his love of cars into a successful career in the auto remarketing industry. As director of online sales at ADESA, he is responsible for increasing customer engagement across the company’s online auction platforms. His work has caught the attention of others. Joe, 30, was recently named one of Auto Remarketing’s 40 Under 40 recipients.

We recently caught up with Joe to learn more about his career, the industry and his love of all things cars.

Do you remember your first time going to an auction?

I remember going when I was 3 or 4 years old. I have memories of being at Concord Auto Auction (in Concord, Massachusetts), riding in a plow truck with my dad, who was general manager of the auction. I’d sit with him as he plowed the lot on the weekends. I don’t think I actually saw the auction run until I was in my teens, but I remember being there on the weekends—the quiet after the storm of a busy week. I always enjoyed spending time there.

Do you work on your own cars?

I was probably 7 or 8 years old when I did my first oil change. I would hang out in the driveway watching my dad work on cars for hours. But I’m terrible working on them. It took me two weeks to repair the entire intake manifold on my first car, but I was lucky to have a couple of friends help me finish it off. I always struggled at it, but I learned a lot—and had a lot of fun. I still change the oil on my cars to this day.

How did you get interested in classic cars?

I’ve been a car enthusiast my entire life. My father, uncle, cousin and I have been going to car shows since I can remember. Between the sounds and the events, it’s just so much fun. You’re going to see cars you don’t see every day. I bought a Ford Mustang 5.0 about three years ago. It’s a nice, old car. I absolutely love taking it out for a summer drive, or especially in the fall. The last couple of summers, we’ll put my daughter in the back. When the fall leaves change in New England, we drop the top and drive around with the family.

Is there something you do every day to be successful?

I map out the day as far as what I want to accomplish, not only for that day but for the entire week. It helps clear my mind, and it gives me a game plan as far as knowing what I need to focus on. Another thing is I take short breaks. Some days, I may be sitting at a desk for six or eight hours. After sitting for a couple of hours, I walk for a couple of minutes. Taking those breaks reenergizes me and helps me see things from a new perspective.

What are the biggest challenges facing this industry?

The amount of time our customers have is getting smaller and smaller. They have so many other things on their plate. All of our different auction platforms allow us to partner with our customers and help them be as efficient—and effective—with their time as possible. It’s important that we don’t impede what they’re doing. We want everything to be fluid and simple for the customer.

Do you have a bucket list?

I’d love to travel Europe and just be a typical American tourist. Australia and New Zealand are high on my list, too. Australia has an incredible car culture. Big V8, rear-wheel-drive cars are huge over there. There are some amazing videos on YouTube about it.

Joe Caruso, Director of Online Sales at ADESA