ADESA Makes Management Shifts in Texas, Calif., N.J.

March 2, 2004

ADESA has promoted Scott Stalder, an 18-year auction veteran to the position of general manager for ADESA Los Angeles. Stalder who began his career with ADESA Dallas in 1997 as an assistant general manager was promoted to general manager of ADESA Austin in 1999 before returning to ADESA Dallas in 2002 to serve as the auction’s general manager.

“ADESA Los Angeles has experienced significant growth in the past few years,” said Jim Hallett, president and COO for ADESA. “Scott’s experience and outstanding leadership skills are impressive and I am confident that he will continue building a strong auction presence on the West coast.”

Patrick Stevens, a seasoned auction professional with more than 10 years of auction experience will replace Stalder as general manager for ADESA Dallas. Previously, Stevens served as assistant general manager for ADESA Dallas since 2000. In 2003, Stevens completed ADESA’s in-house Leadership Development Program (LDP) which prepares employees for upper management positions.

“Pat has worked in various capacities at the auction level and he has gained valuable insight that will greatly assist him in his new role as general manager,” said Hallett. “I’m excited that Pat will continue to expand his professional career with ADESA.”

Former ADESA Dallas Fleet/Lease Manager, Rance Rudy will take Stevens’ place as assistant general manager for ADESA Dallas. Rudy who joined ADESA Dallas in 2000 as the company’s fleet/lease manager possesses more than 10 years of experience in the wholesale vehicle auction industry.

In ADESA’s Northeast region, the company has named Joe Samuel general manager for ADESA New Jersey.

Samuel who held the same position from 1995 to 2000 will assume his new post at ADESA New Jersey on March 8. Joe Migneco who has served as ADESA New Jersey’s general manager since 2000 will remain with ADESA New Jersey as the auction’s business manager.

“I’m happy with the opportunity to acquire a manager with Joe’s experience and background,” added Hallett. “Joe has a proven track record for success in the Northeastern used vehicle market and I’m thrilled that he will be returning to our management team.”

ADESA Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. Through its network of subsidiaries, ADESA operates 53 wholesale vehicle auctions and six heavy-duty commercial vehicle auctions strategically located across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The ADESA network of services includes several other related businesses in the vehicle remarketing industry including ADESA Impact total loss management (with 28 auction locations), Micro 21 dealer software, AutoVIN inspection services, PAR North America remarketing services and Automotive Finance Corp. (AFC).

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