As Chairman and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Craig Jackson has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most respected collector car and restoration experts. Growing up in the family business gave Craig the opportunity to develop the expertise that has helped propel Barrett-Jackson’s evolution into the world’s leading collector car auction and automotive lifestyle event.
During his tenure, Jackson has taken the original Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale to other popular destinations across the United States. He is responsible for managing all aspects of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s multi-media empire that serves the collector car industry.
Born and raised into the automotive lifestyle, Jackson has grown to be an integral part of the car collecting industry. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jackson has shared his family’s passion and devotion to the automobile market. In 1971, his father Russ and business partner Tom Barrett founded Barrett-Jackson, which included an automotive repair shop. Craig soon became involved, and his extensive education on classic car restoration resulted in numerous Best of Show and First Place trophies.
Jackson climbed the corporate ladder and assumed the leadership position in 1995 after the untimely death of his brother, Brian. Since then, he has constantly worked to grow the company. Not only has he helped Barrett-Jackson garner a reputation as being one of the best collector car auctions events in the world, he has also molded the Barrett-Jackson auction week into an automotive lifestyle event filled with hundreds of exotic and unique collectible vehicles from across the globe.
When Jackson took over the reins of the company, he had a vision to broadcast collector car auction on national television. He reached out to Speedvision and a deal was struck in 1996. For the first time, enthusiasts experienced the thrill of a Barrett-Jackson auction from the comfort of their living rooms. From that moment on, it was full speed ahead as coverage continued on SPEED Channel, which later became FOX Sports. The launch of Barrett-Jackson’s new television partnership with the television networks of Discovery Communications, Inc., at the 2015 Scottsdale Auction in January marked another milestone in the auction company’s history, with coverage on Discovery and Velocity setting several ratings records. For the first time ever in collector car auction history, live coverage of Barrett-Jackson was broadcast in Spanish on Discovery Channel and Discovery Turbo throughout Latin America, and on Discovery en Español to Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States.
Through his impeccable attention to detail and with a reputation as a rare visionary in the car collector market, Jackson has been able to provide first-class information about the collector car hobby. Jackson not only serves as an advisor to many notable collectors and celebrities, most of whom attend Barrett-Jackson’s events each year, but has also garnered international attention.
Through Jackson’s role as CEO, Barrett-Jackson events have been covered by notable media outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Motor Trend and Autoweek. He has also appeared as an automotive expert and correspondent on Bloomberg Television, CNN and SPEED.
Jackson’s strong commitment to philanthropy has resulted in raising over $89 million since Barrett-Jackson’s first car auction, with over $10 million generated in 2015 alone. He has received numerous awards for his contributions, which include the Innovation Techanthropic Award, presented to him by The Arizona Technology Council and NPower, and the prestigious Men of Character Award by the Phoenix Theatre in October 2007. Jackson’s generosity has also earned the company numerous accolades, including the Sterling Award for Small Business from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, which honors excellence, innovation and local stewardship within the business community. In 2009, Craig launched the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen in Memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.
Jackson has been named twice to Motor Trend’s Top 50 Power List in the automotive industry. He has also captured the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Business Services category in the Arizona/Orange County region. This award is presented annually to business leaders whose integrity, hard work and perseverance create and sustain successful, growing enterprises.
Craig Jackson’s dedication to the success and traditions of his family-owned company illustrates true loyalty to family values, hobbyists and the collector car enthusiasts around the globe that have made Barrett-Jackson a world-class automotive lifestyle event.
Steve Davis is President at Barrett-Jackson and serves as the driving force behind the company’s tremendous success in attracting the industry’s most desirable collector car inventory and retaining the industry’s largest and most loyal customer base. Steve’s responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day management of the business, with particular emphasis on the Consignment Department and managing all operations related to auction sales. In this role, Steve regularly interacts with the company’s customers (both consignors/sellers and bidders/buyers) to ensure that the Barrett-Jackson experience is always first-rate. Steve first came to know Barrett-Jackson as a customer himself in the late 1970s. As the owner of Valley Oak Auto in California, Steve has long been one of the top purchasers and sellers of noteworthy collector cars in the country. He has been a member of the senior management team at Barrett-Jackson since 1996.
Steve is a lifelong collector car enthusiast and has served in roles that include being a founding director and general manager for the Visalia Motorsports Festival in California, which was one of the largest and most unique motorsports festivals in the world. He remains an influential member of the collector car industry, serving over the years as a special advisor to Carroll Shelby for the Carroll Shelby Foundations and Shelby American, Inc. His many personal accolades include being the recipient of the California State Senate Recognition Award for promoting the appreciation of classic automobiles through the Valley Oak Auto Collector Car Auction and Exposition, and recipient of the Legislative Excellence Award from the National Specialty Car Dealer Association for his successful work in originating and promoting the 1997 grassroots petition drive to exempt 1973 and older autos from stringent new smog restrictions in California. This effort became known as SB 42, and if it had not passed, the collector car business as we know it could have been eliminated in California. More recently, Steve received the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award in 2011, an award presented to people who exhibit “Dedication to Excellence in Perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition.” In 2012, the Armed Forces Foundation presented Steve with a Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of his commitment to raising funds to support charitable causes benefitting members of America’s armed forces and their families.
A well-known collector car industry expert, Steve is frequently quoted in leading publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Autoweek and Motor Trend. He also frequently appears in programming on SPEED Channel and is a regular contributor to a multitude of automotive publications with emphasis on market trends and the overall status of the collector car hobby.
Steve graduated from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, attended California State University in Fresno, completed additional coursework in management, and is a graduate of the T.C.P.O.A. Law Enforcement Academy.
Gary has been a participant as both buyer and seller in all Barrett-Jackson auctions since his introduction to Russ and Nellie Jackson at their inaugural event in 1971. Gary joined the company in 2002, and he puts his many years of collector car expertise to work in the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as assisting on the sponsorship sides in connection with Ford and General Motors.
Involved in the automotive industry throughout his professional career, Gary has worked in many different aspects of the industry ‒ including the restoration, aftermarket, and design fields. He started out as a founding general partner for BSW International, which became one of the largest architectural firms in the United States, with nationwide clients such as Walmart, Texaco, Office Depot, and Applebee’s.
In 1989, Gary sold his interest in BSW International and began pursuing his automotive passion on a full-time basis. He started Bennett Investor Auto Auctions, which specialized in classic and special-interest cars, and also established Auto Connection ‒ a highline automobile dealership with annual sales in excess of $10 million per year.
Broadening his automotive horizon, Gary began a venture with Lister ‒ a European company ‒ and became the president of Lister North America, a Jaguar/Corvette aftermarket tuner company that specialized in performance upgrades for those two marques. Simultaneously, he was the president of Lister Restoration, a premier restoration company that specialized in muscle cars, European sports cars and Shelby Cobras, which served distinguished clients such as Roger Penske, Prince Abdul Azziz of Saudi Arabia and Nubo Sawama of Japan. In addition, Gary also acted as the president of Coach Connection ‒ an upscale motor coach accessory company.
Among his many design accomplishments, Gary designed and was awarded two separate patents for the conversion of Chrysler and Ford minivans to be utilized as motorcycle carriers. He subsequently sold the patents for the benefit of manufacturing rear-ramp handicap-accessible vans. Aside from his love of automobiles, Gary also established a passion for motorcycling, and designed and built custom V8 motorcycles that utilized the engine as the stress-bearing member in place of an actual frame.
Throughout his long and varied automotive career, Gary became an avid race car driver, and has won many awards racing vintage NASCAR, Trans-Am and open-wheel race cars at racetracks throughout the United States.
Gary is quoted often in noteworthy publications such as the New York Times, and has had various automotive-related accomplishments which have been featured in Motor Trend, Autoweek and Corvette Fever, as well as countless other print and online publications.
As Executive Vice President/General Manager at Barrett-Jackson, Nickolas (Nick) Cardinale helps oversee all aspects of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®. He joined the team in 2013.From staffing to sponsorship, site management to sales, Nick draws from his superb professional sports and entertainment experience and his personal passion for collector cars to help execute the shared vision of Barrett-Jackson’s executive team. Nick helps oversee the all of the company’s day-to-day operations. With his key guidance, Barrett-Jackson has seen record numbers in ancillary growth in areas such as gate attendance/revenue, sponsorship/licensing revenue, merchandise, and food and beverage sales.Nick has taken also taken the reigns of the Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience program, adding Barrett-Jackson to QuintEvent’s premier bucket-list events, such as the Super Bowl, Formula One racing and the Kentucky Derby.
Prior to joining Barrett-Jackson, Nick was the General Manager for Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc., the most recognized sports and entertainment franchise in the world. During his 10-year tenure with the Globetrotters, his direction and leadership helped the franchise record its 10 most financially successful years, with nine of those years accruing double-digit annual percentage growth. In addition, the Globetrotters reached top quartile Q-ratings under Nick’s leadership. These successes were particularly remarkable given Nick was named GM at just 25 years old – the youngest general manager in the company’s historic 90-year history.
Nick gained additional special event and entertainment experience as the Director of Sports Operations for the Grand Canyon State Games, which earned the distinction of being the largest amateur sporting event in the nation during his tenure. Nick was an integral part of creating the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games, the first-ever competition of its kind in the country.
Nick’s awards and accolades extend beyond his professional realm. While growing up in Monterey, California, he was a standout three-sport athlete, winning both league and section titles along with MVP and All-Conference awards. He earned the Extended Service Award at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Grand Canyon State Games. He also serves as an executive board member for Arizona Cardinals’ player Patrick Peterson’s Foundation for Success.
Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business with an emphasis in international business.
Ken Cranston joined Barrett-Jackson in 2016 as Executive Vice President/Growth and Strategy. Ken’s focus is to partner with the management team and drive business process, strategic focus and assist in brand expansion. He is an experienced leader with a significant track record of success in both public and privately held companies. Ken has held executive roles in management, sales, marketing and operations. He is known for leading change in complex business environments while improving efficiencies and profitability. Ken has extensive experience dealing with private equity partners and developing strategic partnerships.
Most recently, Ken was the Senior Vice President of Admissions at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Scottsdale, Arizona. He joined UTI in 2009 as a Regional Vice President/Operations and was quickly promoted to Senior Vice President/Admissions, leading a team of approximately 300+ individuals. UTI is the leading provider of technical education training for students seeking careers as automotive, diesel, motorcycle, collision repair and marine technicians. UTI is a publicly traded company, serving the high school, adult and military markets.
Prior to UTI, Ken worked with Sun Capital Partners in Melbourne, Florida, a leading investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt and other investments in market-leading companies. Ken was the CEO of a portfolio company, and advised on all investment and operational aspects of the business. Ken’s leadership and guidance lead to the best possible outcomes in capital preservation. Sun Capital has approximately $10 billion of equity capital under management.
Ken spent seven years as the CEO of Terion Inc. in Plano, Texas. Terion was a pioneer in the use of wireless tracking technology in the transportation sector. Terion evolved from a concept to an award-winning market leader. Terion developed the hardware, software, sensors and web functionality to support a “Best in Class” product offering. Investors included high-profile transportation names and private equity firms. Ken guided all operations of the business while focusing on securing a positive liquidity event and rapid growth in company value. He worked in close collaboration with a diverse board of directors and played a key role in transforming a company with marginal performance to an industry leader, orchestrating a highly profitable sale to General Electric.
Ken’s career started at NBC in New York City as a business analyst. He was recruited by Western Union in 1988 and spent eight years in various sales and account management roles. He was the top account executive in the country two years and a member of the Elite Pro Club seven out of eight years. In 1996 he joined Telespectrum Worldwide as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, where he spearheaded the integration of nine separate operating companies and growing revenue.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, 1984. Ken and his wife Rosemary have four teenage boys and are active in Notre Dame Preparatory High School activities. Ken and Rosemary have supported the Boys and Girls Club and Fresh Start charities while in Arizona.
As Vice President of Marketing, Megan Jones – who joined the Barrett-Jackson team in 2014 – manages the extensive marketing efforts of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, including advertising, public relations, social media and creative.
Whenever you see Barrett-Jackson billboards, magazine or television advertisements, signage and celebrity autograph sessions at all auction sites, auction catalogs, the quarterly Barrett-Jackson Experience magazine, or video features on the company’s social media platforms and website, Megan and her marketing team have worked diligently behind the scenes to make it happen.
Megan also oversees on-site logistics and communications with Barrett-Jackson sponsors, VIP guests and celebrities, and works closely with Barrett-Jackson’s television partners, Discovery and Velocity.
In addition, she has also coordinated and executed Barrett-Jackson’s involvement in numerous automotive-related events, including Horses & Horsepower, SEMA, Monterey Car Week and Sound of Speed – the latter a unique collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix International Raceway.
A move to Barrett-Jackson, with its strong ties to the auto racing world, was natural for Megan, who spent four years with International Speedway Corporation (sister company to NASCAR), first at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) as Customer Relationship Manager and later as Corporate Sales/Client Relations Coordinator. From PIR, Megan was promoted to Daytona International Speedway, where she was Advertising and Promotions Manager, overseeing the development and execution of a multi-million-dollar annual media plan, as well as coordinating and executing pre-race ceremonies and managing on-site logistics for VIPs and celebrities who attended the events.
Two of Megan’s career highlights were assisting in the planning and execution of the groundbreaking ceremony for DAYTONA Rising – the $400 million reimagining of the iconic Daytona International Speedway – and planning a video shoot on the streets of downtown Reno, Nevada, of the delivery of the Barrett-Jackson Cup by stunt driver Rhys Millen. The elaborate shoot came to fruition after months of planning and coordination between Barrett-Jackson staff, Shell/Pennzoil and the city of Reno.
Prior to getting involved in NASCAR and motorsports marketing, Megan held a position with the Phoenix (Arizona) Coyotes as an inside sales representative, later moving to Head/Penn Racquet Sports as an accounts and customer service representative. She also worked as an academic advisor at Walden University, where she assisted with marketing and corporate events.
Originally from Michigan, Megan’s family has strong ties to the auto industry. Megan is the third generation of her family to work in the industry, following in the footsteps of her father, several uncles and both grandfathers. She grew up attending the Woodward Dream Cruise, the North American International Auto Show and several other car-related events in and around the Motor City.
Megan received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Anderson University.
Peter Lubell is Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Barrett-Jackson. In his role, Peter oversees national and local sponsorship sales and business development programs, as well as Barrett-Jackson’s licensed products. Peter has over 16 years of diverse sports and entertainment marketing, sales and sales management experience. Throughout his career, Peter has specifically concentrated his efforts within the sponsorship sales, team sports and motor sports disciplines.
Most recently, he was the Director of Sponsorship Sales at Live Nation, where he oversaw sponsorship sales for Phoenix’s premier concert venues, Ak-Chin Pavilion and Comerica Theatre, working with partners such as the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Comerica Bank, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Chrysler, Heineken and Diageo.
Before joining Live Nation, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Austin Toros, the NBA D-League team owned by the San Antonio Spurs. As COO, Peter oversaw the team’s business operations, including profit and loss, ticket and sponsorship sales, marketing, advertising, finance, game operations, public relations, community relations and employee recruitment, development and training. While in Austin, Peter sat on the regional board of directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central Texas.
Prior to the Austin Toros, Peter served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for CFW Creative Sports, a national sports publishing company. While at CFW, he developed and managed the national sales strategy and sold advertising in the official game day programs and souvenir yearbooks for 90% of all professional and college sports teams in the country.
Peter also did a brief stint as Sports Marketing Manager at Clear Channel Katz Sports Advantage, selling radio and multi-media sponsorships for the flagship radio stations of 45 professional franchises and 20 NCAA Division I properties. He also worked for CBS Sports Properties as General Manager of Wildcat Sports Marketing at Northwestern University, overseeing and selling all sponsorship rights for the property.
A significant part of Peter’s career was spent at Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports as Director of National Sales. While there, he closed and implemented promotional sponsorships on- and off-site for the following corporate clients: Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Bridgestone-Firestone, Pennzoil, Kawasaki, MCI and NAPA Auto Parts.
Peter received his master’s in marketing from DePaul University in Chicago and his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Boston University. He and his wife Kimberly reside in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two sons, Charlie and Dylan.
Matt Ohre has been General Counsel since joining Barrett-Jackson in February 2014. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s legal affairs. Matt also works closely with other members of the senior management team on establishing and implementing company policies and procedures as they apply to employees, customers and external business partners.
Prior to joining Barrett-Jackson, Matt was an attorney with Barrett-Jackson’s primary outside law firm, Squire Sanders (US) LLP, for over nine years. While at Squire Sanders, and along with working on numerous legal and business issues on behalf of Barrett-Jackson, Matt’s practice focused largely on complex and high-stakes commercial and business litigation matters throughout the United States, including areas involving breach of contract, employment and labor issues, and business torts such as fraud, securities, interference with business advantage, trademark infringement, product liability, noncompete and nonsolicit agreements, banking and breach of fiduciary duty. Matt also has significant experience with negotiating and drafting various business and legal documents and agreements. While at Squire Sanders, he was a member of the firm’s hiring committee.
Prior to joining Squire Sanders, Matt served as a law clerk to Judge John C. Gemmill of the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Matt has been recognized in Thomson Reuters’ list of Southwest Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a distinction honoring the top 2.5 percent of lawyers age 40 or less, or in the practice 10 years or less. In 2012, he was also named one of Arizona’s Top Attorneys” for business litigation.
Active in the community, Matt currently serves on the board of the Lincoln Downtown YMCA. Matt is a frequent speaker and author on various legal and business topics, including issues involving litigation management and support, client billing and fees, and discovery and trial preparation. In 2009, Matt authored an article in The Banking Law Journal titled “The Nigerian Check Scam: An Oldie Revisited,” 126 Bank. L.J. 223 (March 2009). Matt is also a former senior associate editor of the American Bar Association’s The Labor Lawyer.
Matt received his doctorate in law from Syracuse University College of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was the executive editor of the Syracuse Law Review. Matt also graduated magna cum laude from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, with a bachelor’s degree in finance.