This is a guest post from Gregg Maidment, general manager of ADESA Winnipeg and senior vice president of Canadian operations at ADESA.

The 30th anniversary celebration at ADESA Winnipeg brought together family, friends, retirees, and our many dealer partners.

The start of the auction goes back to 1987, when Mike Lawrence, founder of Canadian Auction Group (the predecessor organization acquired by ADESA), asked me to come to Winnipeg for a couple of weeks to help with the new auction startup.

Mike told me, “Kid, dress warm.”

That couple of weeks has turned into 30 years. Our business has grown and changed immensely over three decades, from a staff of nine to now 300 employees, serving everyone from local customers and clients to a truly international buyer base.

During the special announcements on the morning of the anniversary sale, one of our sales representatives, Deb McClellan, was presented an award for her 30 years of service. Deb introduced ADESA to Variety, the Children’s Charity, in her first year with the auction.

ADESA Winnipeg has been working with that organization on fundraising initiatives and partnerships like the ADESA Golden Gavel Golf Classic tournament, Bids for Kids and the first Gold Heart Gala sponsored by ADESA. This year, ADESA presented Variety with a check for $532,000, making it the most successful year to date in terms of funds raised.

Other fun things the anniversary celebration included were a gourmet breakfast, live music and a painting of the event by a local artist.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to grow with our dealer partners over the past 30 years while also serving the community in which we live and operate, and we look forward to the next 30 years of partnership.

I am very proud of our entire team at ADESA Winnipeg . . . Congratulations!

The ADESA Winnipeg team