A Message from our Founder…..
More than 20 years ago, J.J. Kane Auctioneers was started solely to support the needs of a growing family. At the time, the launch of J.J. Kane was a risk. The beginning was simple and was based on a foundation of family, strong values and relationships. This foundation set the stage for our business to grow and has proved to be the difference in our success. Our commitment to friends, family, and our team of dedicated employees along with our vendors and customers continues to this day.
My background in the auction business began with my work with the Vilsmeier Auction Company of Pennsylvania. There, I learned a great deal about the auction business as well as ethics and values. I also learned that the honest absolute auction is the best and only way to handle all aspects of a sale. This philosophy provides the best vehicle to take care of the customer every step of the way and is the cornerstone in how J.J. Kane operates each sale to this day.
Early in our development, our prospective customers began to take notice of our values, relationships, and philosophy towards the auction business. Companies including Consumers Energy of Michigan, Louisiana Power & Light, Arkansas Power & Light, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, New York State Electric & Gas, and Peoples Gas of Chicago, put their confidence in J.J. Kane Auctioneers and gave our business a boost when we needed it. Without these and other organizations, J.J. Kane would not be where it is today.
In 1998, Rusty Haag joined our organization which proved to be another difference maker in our evolution. From the very beginning, Rusty has been an invaluable asset to the organization. He helped to expand our business right away and take us to another level. The addition of Rusty and the expansion of our business in 1998 was one of the major stepping stones in the success of J.J. Kane and set the stage for the following year.
By 1999, J.J. Kane Auctioneers reached another milestone and gained Altec Industries, Inc. as a customer. Altec, a manufacturer of bucket trucks and other equipment for the electric utility, telecommunications, contractor, tree care, and lights and signs markets, did a lot of research to find the perfect auction company with the tools to provide a successful solution for their fleet reduction needs. They chose J.J. Kane based on their values and reputation of being the “Power Line Equipment Experts”. By Altec’s choice to make J.J. Kane their dedicated auction firm, J.J. Kane doubled in size in less than five years.
Over the years, J.J. Kane Auctioneer’s team of skilled, dedicated employees has continued to grow and is also one of the main drivers of our success. While it began with my wife Sharon and our kids, it has grown to include a number of key personnel including: Jack & Joy Kane, Colleen Naylor, Kim Minix, Steve Anderson, Bob Kane, Jane Zampino, Don Krapf, Michael Whitebread, Rich Ehmer, John Kane, Larry Haas, Brett & Lisa Hoffman, Mark and Dee Williams, Paul Moran, Dave Butler, and many more each passing year. J.J. Kane is everything because our staff and I cannot thank these people enough for their hard work and dedication. We would not be where we are today without them.