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Wesley Kent of ADESA Canada

This is a guest post by Wesley Kent, VP of programs and operations for ADESA Canada. 

Every year during the Auto Remarketing Canada (ARC) Conference, an awards luncheon is held to honor the publication’s Remarketing’s Under 40 honorees.

I’m proud to say that two members of ADESA Canada were selected to this prestigious list in 2019, including Business Development Manager Dan Leslie.

In advance of ARC 2019, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dan to learn more about him, his career and his time working at ADESA.

What does a typical day as a business development manager at ADESA look like?

For me, one of the most appealing aspects of this position is that there is no such thing as a typical day. There is incredible diversity in my responsibilities, which makes every day interesting.

From spending time with my sales team on the road, to collaborating with the business units within KAR, to driving internal process improvement—every day is a little different. The diversity in my job keeps me interested and engaged, the people make it fun.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Having the opportunity to teach, guide and help my team grow is easily the most rewarding part of my job. While it’s always sad to see a strong member of your team move on, I take great pride in knowing that, in some way, I have helped influence the individual success of my team.

What do you find most challenging about your role?

Currently, the greatest challenge in my role is developing creative ways to positively impact revenue and improve efficiency. When I took on this role two years ago, I understood our need to innovate and develop new programs.

Since then, we have had many successes implementing those new programs and streamlining current processes. As we push forward in an ever-changing market, being nimble and cutting-edge are of great importance, and will always be a welcome challenge for me.

How did you first get started in this business?

As a final-year college student, I participated in a co-op program and acquired a position at ADESA Kitchener. I made some great connections while I was there and was fortunate enough to be hired on permanently as an ADESA marketing coordinator for Southern Ontario once I graduated.

What is your favorite car or vehicle of all time?

Some of my best automobile experiences were in my parents’ grey 1990 Dodge Caravan. It was the vehicle I passed my driving test in, the vehicle I took my first girlfriend out in and the vehicle that opened up a whole world of experiences and travel possibilities to a kid from a small town.

My favorite memory, though, is driving down a back road and getting to hold the steering wheel of our brand-new Caravan while sitting on my father’s lap as a kid. That experience played a significant part in developing my passion for cars and the automotive industry as a whole.

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

When I’m not working, my greatest passion is exploring the world through travel. Whether it’s a long-weekend road trip or an international flight, I have had some incredible experiences. I’ve connected with so many amazing people during my travels, and I still keep in touch with many of them. I love the learning opportunities that travel provides me, and I can’t wait for my next adventure.

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I look forward to congratulating Dan at the ARC 2019 Remarketing’s Under 40 award luncheon later this month.