About Us

Our Story

We're car guys ourselves! We've owned & operated an independent car dealership for years, facing the same inventory struggles & wholesale flops as the rest. We could not find any auction that met our standards when it came to transparency or arbitration. After being burned countless times by other auctions (Online & Physical) we thought, there's got to be a better way... That's when we set out to change the wholesale auction game for good. Thus, Auction Central™ was born.

If you have been searching for an auction-based on transparency and feel that every vehicle should be accurately described, then search no more, Auction Central™ is what you're looking for. If you wish that each purchase also came with a free 30-day warranty, then Auction Central™ is your only choice. Combine all of this with free VinTel diagnostic reporting, full AutoCheck reports, JD Power valuation tools, a buyer-friendly interface, and you can see how we are flipping the digital auction arena upside down.

Our People

Here at Auction Central™, we strive to empower & inspire all of our people. Good culture, honesty, and respect are the pillars of our retention plan. We understand that happy employees are the bridge to happy customers!

Bob Gaito
Chief Executive Officer

Bob has an impressive track record of creating and growing several businesses. He formed his first organization, I-Centrix, in 2000, selling it to Haggin Marketing in 2007. His next startup, 4Cite Marketing, would eventually be acquired by one of the largest media companies in the world, Dentsu Aegis. Bob’s founding of Auction Central came about just as every other venture had, by noticing a gap in technology and its relation to the customer’s immediate needs. He is a dealer owner himself, and could not find an auction that had the transparency and customer interface that he desired, so…he made one! Bob’s best feeling is when he hears a dealer say, “Finally, this is exactly what I was looking for… Why isn’t anyone else offering this!?”

Patrick Lyga
Chief Operating Officer
Patrick has been in the automotive business for over a decade and brings an array of knowledge and experience to Auction Central. He has acted as the General Manager of six manufacturer franchises and currently co-owns/manages an independent dealership in Upstate, NY. Having held every role in variable operations, he understands the complete wholesale car buying experience and aims to bring full transparency to the buying process. He is extremely customer-oriented and wants nothing more than to create lasting relationships.
Nicholas Snyder
Chief Technology Officer
Nick is one of the three Auction Central partners and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Miami and continues to root for the green & orange. He has a strong passion for coding and development and excels at combining his creative abilities with advanced technology to provide the best possible customer interface. Nick is constantly improving & innovating, and that is why Auction Central is the most user friendly online wholesale auction platform out there!
Darryl Mayette
Vice President of Arbitration
Darryl has served in virtually every position in the automotive industry. He’s been working on cars since fixing transmissions at his grandparents dealership when he was 16. He went on to join the U.S. Air Force to serve as a mechanic for 4 years. After getting out of the military, Darryl continued to work in retail and wholesale automotive, holding titles such as Technician, Service Manager, Service Advisor and Service Director. All in all, Darryl holds nearly 40 years of experience working with cars and when it comes to evaluating/arbitrating vehicles, there is no better man for the job.
Nelson VanDenburgh
Marketing & Sales Manager
Nelson spearheads Auction Central’s marketing department, managing all web content, social media platforms, email marketing & paid advertising channels. He has a very diverse background, serving in marketing roles with the U.S. Army, ESPN Radio, Albany Broadcasting, & The Tri-City ValleyCats. In addition to managing Auction Central’s marketing, he ensures each Territory Manager is well equipped to assist dealers with buying & selling vehicles across the country. Nelson continues to serve in the New York Army National Guard as the Executive Officer of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company.
Theresa Dalton
Territory Manager - Midwest

Theresa has been in the automotive industry for 30 years now. She has worked in virtually every sector of the automotive industry: Auction, Franchise Dealer, Consumer Finance and Floor-plan. While buying and selling cars now relies heavily on technology, she believe relationships and customer service is the most important part! One of her most prized attributes is her character. She will never compromise quality over quantity! She is honest and transparent, which has been her biggest success in building customer relationships.


Elliott Byer
Territory Manager - New York

Elliott has been working in the automotive industry for a decade, serving in dealership roles such as Technician & Consultant and in digital auction roles, such as Vehicle Condition Inspector, Sales Coordinator & Field Operations Manager. Elliott understands the whole picture, and thinks of his dealers as partners. He is inspired most by helping dealers grow and achieve their business goals.


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