Ken Osborn Inducted Into NAAA Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Ken Osborn, general manager of ADESA-Dallas, was inducted into the National Auto Auction Association (NAAA) Hall of Fame during its 65th annual convention this month in Indianapolis, Ind. The NAAA represents more than 300 auction members in North America.
During his 30-plus-year career, Osborn has contributed to the vehicle remarketing industry in a variety of roles as a used car manager in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, a partner in an independent auto auction, a general manager and executive in corporate auctions, as an active NAAA member, and even as a licensed auctioneer.
Membership in the Hall of Fame, established in 1968, recognizes individuals whose long-term service to the auto auction industry and NAAA has contributed improvements to remarketing as a whole, has worked with the trade organization to benefit its members and has consistently followed the high standards of the association’s Code of Ethics.
“Ken is a man who has his soul devoted to the betterment of the entire industry and has become one of its cornerstones through his selfless contributions to NAAA,” said Tony Moorby, principal of the Chattanooga Auto Auction. “He epitomizes the best of our business and what everyone in it should strive to be — honest, reliable, straightforward and hard working.”
He added that Osborn has always taken an “enthusiastic role” in the association, willing to “do the grunt work with few accolades” such as helping research, establish and monitor standards for the industry “to see that they’re not only met, but exceeded.” Osborn also enjoys mentoring others, identifying and developing people’s innate capabilities to perform at the fullest potential, according to Moorby.
Over the years Osborn has been a dedicated member of the NAAA. In addition to his term as president from 2000-2001, he has served the association as a board member and co-chair of the membership committee. At the 2012 CAR Conference NAAA recognized Osborn for his personal achievements and professional contributions to the industry by awarding him the lifetime distinction of a Warren Young, Sr., Fellow with a $2,500 donation in his name to the association’s nonprofit Warren Young, Sr., Scholastic Foundation.
He is also a past president and board member of the Western Auto Auction Association and has received the New Mexico Independent Auto Dealers Association Horizon Award.
Although Osborn earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Wayland Baptist University, he credits Richard Dupriest with mentoring him in the business of auto auctions. The two became partners in 1980 to form the Tri-State Auto Auction and the Albuquerque Auto Auction. Eventually, they sold both operations to ADT Automotive, which renamed the former as the Amarillo Auto Auction. Osborn became a general manager for ADT’s auctions in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Golden Gate, California.
Osborn then joined ADESA in 2000 as regional vice president of the western United States, managing all auction activities in major cities in Texas, California, Washington and Arizona. In 2007, he was promoted to executive vice president of ADESA's western region and later returned to his native state taking the position of ADESA Dallas general manager.
“Kenny is a hands-on auction guy whose rarely in the office on sales days because he’s out there working the arena,” noted ADESA-Dallas Auction Manager Bill Roberts, who has known Osborn for two decades. “He’s a talented auctioneer himself who does some of the sales. Everyone respects him because he knows everybody by name. To him they’re a person, not just a bidder number.”