This week, the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) and its members will celebrate National Auto Auction Week—a time dedicated to recognizing the auto auction industry, its contribution to the North American economy and to everyone who does their part day in and day out to support our industry.

I feel a personal connection to the NAAA and to the amazing people throughout this industry and across auction chains. When I was NAAA president, I visited more than 65 auctions in honor of NAAA’s 65th anniversary. I saw auctions of every shape and size and met some of the most dedicated people you can find. Our own Warren Clauss, general manager of ADESA Buffalo, serves as NAAA president this year.

In honor of 2018 National Auto Auction Week, we asked a few of our GMs to explain what they love most about their careers. Here’s what they had to say.

“I am blessed to be surrounded by the best and brightest people in our industry, including the amazing team at NAAA. They are focused on making our industry better and making us all successful.” ­– Jack Neshe, ADESA Boston

“This industry draws people who like to grow and serve. It’s a high-energy business that’s always growing and evolving to serve and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our customers. It’s not about us; it’s about the customer. And I love it!” – John MacDonald, ADESA Vancouver/Richmond

“This business is so dynamic, and it’s changing all the time. New technology, new dealers, new car models, market changes. You have to stay aware of what’s happening, so you understand the trends when they come to your door.” – Bob Holm, ADESA Sioux Falls

I love this industry. You get sucked into the vortex, so to speak. I love the hustle and fast-paced environment of the auction. You develop great relationships. Employees and customers become like family.” ­– Angela Sims, ADESA Little Rock

 “This is a very unique industry. There are 350 NAAA auctions, so there are very few businesses out there this small, but this big. There’s so much opportunity for people to grow and move up within their company.” – Craig Estep, ADESA New Jersey

“I’ve had the opportunity to work for some unbelievably smart people in this industry. You learn so much from them. No two days are ever the same, and I’ve been in this industry for 23 years. There’s always something new.” ­– Jon Perhach, ADESA Washington DC

“I’ve been in the industry my entire career. It was addicting from the start, and I still enjoy it so much today. I’ve been very fortunate to work under some of the most amazing leaders.” – Brenda Aden, ADESA Brasher’s

“I love this career because it’s unique and always changing. The industry is very fast-paced and exciting.” – Mike Long, ADESA Cincinnati/Dayton

“In 1989, I moved from Kansas to Seattle for an auto auction job. Taking that risk has been nothing but rewarding–customers, coworkers and bosses have always supported me. I am truly blessed to be in this industry.” – Jeff Lisle, ADESA Des Moines

“I grew up in the business–my dad was an auto auction guy. The school bus would drop me off at the auction on sale day, and I’d help however I could. The business has come a long way since then, but the relationships and family environment still feel the same today.” – Joe Guyer, ADESA Charlotte

 “The people make this industry great. I’ve made long-lasting friendships that go way beyond a business relationship. When I see these people walk in the auction, I don’t greet a customer or an employee, I greet a friend.” – Daniel Demers, ADESA Quebec

“I love that relationships still matter in this industry, and I love how fast-paced the industry is. Sale day is so busy and exciting, it will be 2:30 and I haven’t even thought about lunch.” – Jason Martin, ADESA Lexington

“You get to work with great people in this industry—both customers and employees. It has a unique feel, and people are always willing to lend a hand to someone that needs help.” – Christopher Angelicchio, ADESA Pittsburgh

“This industry is unique because of the opportunity it presents for growth and advancement. Many people who started in entry-level positions—including myself—now manage large groups and have significant financial responsibilities. It’s truly an industry that rewards effort and dedication.” – Steve Swanson, ADESA Colorado Springs

“What I love most about the industry is the people and the relationships I’ve built throughout my career. Everyone is generous and caring, and they truly want other people to succeed, both in their career and in their personal life.” – Mark Melton, ADESA Northwest