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Gregg Maidment of ADESA Canada

This is a guest post by Gregg Maidment, senior vice president, Canadian operations at ADESA. 

During my time with ADESA Canada, I’ve gotten to know Regional HR Manager Lynn Martin very well and have seen firsthand the passion and dedication she has devoted to her career.

That’s why it came as no surprise when I learned Lynn had been selected as a 2019 honoree for the Women & Automotive: Profiles in Leadership. During this week’s Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum, she will be honored at a special awards luncheon.

I recently sat down with Lynn to learn more about her career and what makes her tick.

What does a typical day as a regional HR manager at ADESA look like?

My typical day is spent coaching and developing others. I spend a great amount of time working with my regional HR team to help them achieve their goals and advise them on best practices that align with company processes. This is the part of my job that I truly enjoy the most, so I am grateful it occupies most of my time.

The rest of my day is usually spent on employee relations, investigating, report writing and reviewing data collected. This is all in addition to the other day-to-day things like conference calls, customer service and meetings.

What do you find most rewarding about working at ADESA?

What I find most rewarding is watching an employee gain knowledge or grow in their role and become empowered to do what’s best for the company. I love to see an employee progress within the business. We work hard to develop our teams and help them achieve their goals, and there is a certain pride felt when you see that you had an influence in the successes that an employee has with their career progression.

Recently, we had an employee approach us with a strong interest in becoming a safety specialist within ADESA. I have a safety background from my previous roles and was excited to see someone with similar interests ask for advice. We formulated a training plan to help that person achieve these goals. Building bench strength is so important in any business.

I also find it rewarding when I can learn from others to be a better leader. It’s important to actively listen when others approach you so you can learn how to be better.

How has your role evolved since joining ADESA? What have been some of the biggest changes during your time with the company?

When I first started more than four years ago, I was a site HR manager, and now I am in a regional HR manager position. My role has evolved in scope much more than I ever expected, and I am very humbled to work with such first-rate colleagues.

The systems we use have also changed. I’ve been involved with a lot of the testing for our new HRIS system and have enjoyed it very much. It’s a great platform, and I no longer have to go into four separate programs to obtain data I am looking for. It’s a huge time-saver.

I enjoy being one of the subject matter experts (SMEs) for the system. It gives me an opportunity to teach others how to use it in the way that best suits them. I have always had a great interest in the systems aspect of HR, and to be a part of the testing and trailblazing has been a wonderful opportunity to build my own skillsets and share my knowledge with my team.

Can you tell us an aspect of your role that most people wouldn’t know about?

There are many “behind-the-scenes” things happening to get a task accomplished or a question answered. It isn’t always a simple “tick of a box” or an “ask and ye receive” scenario. We have a detailed process to follow.

Sometimes it’s not as easy as it may appear to get something accomplished, and it may require several hands in the bucket to get the task done. I pride myself on being someone who will always advocate on behalf of an employee to ensure fairness and equality in getting things done for them. I don’t ever want to leave an employee hanging for an answer when I know I can do something to help.

What do you find unique about working in this business?

The pulse! It is so unique, and unlike any other place I have worked. Our sale day is the “Big Show,” and it’s remarkable to watch the sale day successes, knowing all the hundreds of things that need to happen to make it run effectively.

Watching the customers buy and sell. Listening to the auctioneers. Watching in awe while our block clerks work two systems simultaneously. Seeing drivers run cars safely through the sale, lane bosses coordinating the flow and the GM glad-handing all the dealers—I am surprised we don’t have a light and laser show to accompany it all. It truly is a sight to see.

What is your favorite car or vehicle of all time?

1970 Chevy Nova! Black, please.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you enjoy doing outside work?

I enjoy yoga, hiking, camping, walking my Siberian Husky, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, reading-— and in the winter, I like to crochet. One thing people would not know about me is that I am obsessed with British culture. I follow the royal family closely, and even put on my own afternoon teas for friends and family.

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Congratulations to Lynn on her well-deserved recognition at the 2019 Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum. I wish her continued success in her role.

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ADESA Canada Regional HR Manager, Lynn Martin