Jeff Martin Auctioneers, Inc. (JMA) is pleased to announce Peter D. Gehres, CAI, CES, CAS as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Company effective October 1. As COO, Gehres will be responsible for overseeing and improving all aspects of the auctions. operations. His role also includes the integration of recent acquisitions while streamlining existing processes and procedures. JMA is the fastest growing equipment auction company in North America. In 2021, the JMA family of companies is set to host more than 150 live and online auction events in 19 states.
Gehres, 41, has worked in the auction industry since graduating from the Ohio Auction School and Ohio State University. As an auction professional for 18 years, Gehres has experienced almost every aspect of the auction industry and brings a wide range of skills to JMA. In addition to refining existing operations, Gehres will lead JMA into new industry segments, sectors and regions.
“We are delighted to have someone of Peter’s talent and passion on our leadership and leadership team,” said Jeff Martin, CEO and President. “We look forward to new ideas and new perspectives. Peter will help advance our mission of consistently providing our clients with the best value-added service with the highest level of honesty, integrity and professionalism in the auction industry.
Prior to joining JMA, Gehres worked with other innovative and industry-leading auction companies such as Barrett-Jackson, RES Auction Services, Akron Auto Auction and Southern Auto Auction. Gehres has extensive service experience in the industry, including serving on the board of directors of the National Auctioneers Association and past president of the Ohio Auctioneers Association. In 2015, he was awarded the coveted International Auctioneer Championship and has already won six other auctioneer championships.
“Joining Jeff Martin Auctioneers is a big step forward for me professionally,” said Gehres. “And I’m excited to be a part of Jeff and Kellie Martin’s bold vision for the company. It has been a blessing to work with some of the best auctioneers and auction companies in America. These experiences taught me the value of people in an industry often defined by processes and products. The best is really yet to come for this company and our employees and contractors. Our clients and clients can expect continuous improvement in all aspects of our business as well as increased and varied bidding options. “