CARMEL, Ind. — Remarketing and technology solutions provider ADESA (div. KAR Auction Services Inc.) announced that Matt Laughridge has been named general manager of ADESA Mobile Auctions. Laughridge brings nearly two decades of industry experience to the newly created role. Laughridge joined the auto remarking industry in 1999 and has rich experience in both auction management and sales roles. He most recently served as director of mobile auction sales and operations at Manheim.
“Matt is a proven leader in the industry, with an innate ability to close a deal,” said Jane Morgan, president of the specialty division at ADESA. “There is growing demand from our customers for mobile sales, which allow dealers to turn inventory more quickly and efficiently, saving time and money on transportation. Matt will build on the momentum we’ve created in our mobile division and solidify our position as the provider of choice in the mobile auction space.”
Morgan also announced that Sawyer Walker has been promoted from regional to national manager of ADESA UVA, the company’s program of dealer-to-dealer sales. Walker was managing the UVA program for Brasher’s Auto Auctions when ADESA purchased the auction group in 2016. He continued in that role until he was promoted to regional UVA manager for ADESA in 2018. He had previously served in a sales role for Brasher’s.
“UVA helps car dealers meet the challenges of today’s marketplace by providing the opportunity to buy and sell retail-ready inventory in a comfortable, convenient and exclusive environment,” said Morgan. “Sawyer’s deep knowledge of the UVA auction program makes him the perfect choice to lead the initiative as we expand the concept into additional markets.”