CARMEL, IN — ADESA announced that John Combs has been named vice president of sales, effective immediately. He will report directly to Jason Ferreri, ADESA senior vice president of commercial sales. In his new role, Combs will work closely with the company’s executive sales directors in supporting more than 80 commercial customers.



“John’s diverse skill set of auction operations, including sales and management, combined with his strong industry relationships will be a real asset to our team,” said Ferreri. “He has the unique ability to not only engage with customers but to truly collaborate with them from start to finish.”

Combs most recently served as general manager of ADESA San Diego. Prior to that, he was an executive sales director for ADESA, a role he held since 2006. Combs has held various management roles in the remarketing industry for companies such as Dealers Auction of Dallas, Sunstar Acceptance Corp. and Bank One Credit Company.

Filling his role as general manager of ADESA San Diego is Ted Coates. Coates most recently served as assistant general manager at ADESA Los Angeles.

“I’m excited to have someone with Ted’s wealth of auction experience lead our team at ADESA San Diego,” said Tim DeBerry, regional vice president, Western region. “His exceptional operational experience and established customer relationships make him an excellent fit as general manager.”

Coates brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role. He joined ADESA in 2003 as factory department manager at ADESA Los Angeles. During his time at that location, he held positions of increased responsibility, including operations manager, e-business director, general sales manager and national accounts manager. 

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