This is a guest post from Doug Shore, Senior Vice President of Auction Operations at ADESA.

On Friday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — ADESA Chicago hosted its grand opening extravaganza.

This special event featured an impressive number of attendees, vehicles, guest sellers, giveaways, a bagpiper and more. ADESA Chicago General Manager Troy Peterson even drove a motorcycle for sale through the lanes — talk about making an entrance!

Special guests gathered the day before for a preview night, which included a charity car auction that raised nearly $5,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.

To officially kick off the sale, General Manager Troy Peterson and ADESA CEO and President Stéphane St-Hilaire addressed a packed crowd. In addition to welcoming everyone, Stéphane also shared a few thoughts on the importance of physical auctions and the significance of a new auction in Chicago.

“Brick and mortar auctions are important,” he said, “We believe in a hybrid model. You have a physical auction where customers can come on sale day and build relationships with our team. Then the rest of the week, customers can go online whenever they need cars. This auction is a reflection of our approach to the marketplace — integrating our physical and online offerings to create the most robust marketplace.”

Congratulations to the entire team at ADESA Chicago on a job well done. Their hard work and dedication created an amazing experience for everyone. Our customers in this region can expect this exceptional level of service moving forward.

Take a look at the highlights from ADESA Chicago’s grand opening event:

ADESA Chicago GM, Troy Peterson, rides in on a motorcycle

The ADESA Chicago team is ready for the grand opening

ADESA Chicago grand opening

ADESA Chicago grand opening

ADESA President and CEO,Stéphane St-Hilaire speaks during the ADESA Chicago grand opening

A bagpiper plays during the ADESA Chicago grand opening

ADESA Chicago grand opening

 

ADESA Chicago grand opening

 

All smiles at the ADESA Chicago grand opening