Thomas Grant Cook (Grant) was the President and Founder of Western Construction Auctions, Inc. (WCA), a leading industrial auctioneering and machinery appraisal firm with corporate offices located in Fallbrook, California. The company sells used construction, transportation, material handling, crushing/aggregate and agricultural equipment through a public auction venue. WCA is one of the largest west coast regional auction companies operating 3 markets located in Southern California, Northern California and Arizona. The company employees 25 people and has revenues in excess of $40M.
Grant has more than 20 years of executive management experience and over 10 years of experience in the auction industry. He formed WCA in December of 2000 realizing anopportunity existed to capitalize on a solutions-based approach to help sellers manage and sell their inventory providing an alternative to the way or the highway attitude delivered by the large auction houses. His vision and leadership lead to first year gross revenues in excess of $10M.
In December of 2007, Grant opened the Phoenix area market with the Sacramento area market opening following in 2008. Western Construction Auctions, Inc. Phoenix market growth is expanding quickly under Grants leadership with auction over auction revenue increasing an astounding 80%. Additionally, he has lead the company to a 30% year over year growth every year since its inception.
Prior to founding WCA, Grant was the Vice President and General Manager for another Southern California industrial auctioneering firm. During his tenure, he helped the company develop a working strategic company model and grew company revenues to over $20M annually.
From 1990 until 1998, Grant worked in a variety of capacities for PriMedia Haas Publishing including serving as the Western Regional Director responsible for developing comprehensive recovery plans in deteriorating markets.
Grants ability to remain nimble and responsive to market conditions, create and articulate his corporate vision, and move his team to embrace it while remaining 100% client focused is the reason for the tremendous growth and momentum of WCA.
Grant earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.
He is a MCMEA (Master Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser) and is a member of the ISBA (International Society of Business Analysts).