With the NAAA Convention behind us, I just wanted to share that it was an honor to serve as the National Auto Auction Association’s president. A year ago, I entered this role with humility and excitement, and I want to thank the NAAA for this tremendous honor. Going into it, I knew that auto auction people and our customers were some of the best people in the world. This year has confirmed that in every way possible.

I set a lofty goal of visiting 50 auctions and then stretched that to 65 auctions in honor of NAAA’s 65th anniversary. Along with Jack Neshe, Ellie Johnson and Frank Hackett, we logged many miles visiting those auctions, as well as our customers and industry partners. It doesn’t matter what company we visited—we were welcomed at each with open arms. We are all connected and reliant upon each other for our mutual success.

I have learned many things traveling around the country this year, but most importantly, I have learned that auto auctions are, and always will be, a distinctive part of the North American landscape. Auctions may vary by region and size. But together, we help depict and characterize the automobile industry.

The passion and work ethic is evident and thriving in the industry. Through my travels, I saw auctions large and small, new and old, perfectly constructed and retrofitted to accommodate what we do best. In the end, there was one common theme—people dedicated to making the auction happen in-lane or online, week in and week out, regardless of any obstacles.

I am extremely grateful to follow in the footsteps of close friends and brilliant leaders within our association. I thank the NAAA executive committee and board of directors for the support, guidance and mentorship that I have received in leading the NAAA’s work this past year. My appreciation certainly couldn’t end without recognizing my wife and my daughters for their understanding and support during my many days away from home.

It has been a pleasure not only to serve with the new 2013-2014 NAAA president, Jack Neshe, but also to have his support, motivation and his keen sense of humor in my life. For those of you who don’t know Jack, I can say he is one of the most genuine people I know, and he would go out of his way to help anyone. I wish him the very best for a successful year, and he has my everlasting support.

As I conclude my term dedicated to the role of president for NAAA, I am thrilled to return to my role with ADESA, and hope to bring new insight and experience from the past year that will benefit us all.

I respectfully thank everyone I had the pleasure of working with for the trust and confidence that has been so openly shared with me over the past 11 months. I walk away with memories that will last a lifetime, and I look forward to remaining part of the best industry in the world.