Meet Our HR Generalist and Recruiter: Jordan Brown

February 05, 2018

Combined with being a well-seasoned traveler and poet, Jordan is committed to contributing to the overwhelmingly positive impact ACV Auctions is having on the wholesale automotive industry. We sat down with Jordan to learn more about his journey to joining ACV Auctions.

Where did you grow up?
Buffalo, NY.

What did you study in school?
I studied English and Business Communication at the University at Buffalo.

What do you do outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy being involved in poetry and the arts, locally and nationally.

Who are some poets that inspire you?
James Baldwin, Tinashe Coates, and lots of musical artists like Conor Oberst and Andy Hall.

What were you doing prior to ACV Auctions?
I worked in HR and recruiting for a local amusement park, Darien Lake. I’ve done HR for a couple of other industries like banks and constructions companies, but I didn't really mesh with the cultures there. That’s why I like it here. I feel like I have important things to do that make an impact.

What drove you to join the auto industry?
I have always been interested in the competition at 43 North. I thought what they were doing down here was cool, and I remember when ACV won because it was the first competition. I was looking for a new job, and it just so happened that ACV was hiring. When I came here for an interview, I knew this was the place I wanted to work. It’s cool to be a part of something that is changing the paradigm of its industry. That's what is cool about ACV. It’s kind of like working for an Uber. It’s not consumers facing, but it’s still an industry game changer.

What’s your dream car?
Recently I’ve been into Volvo’s XC60. I’ve always liked BMW’s 5-series, but I don’t have a reason why besides that they match my style. I used to drive a mini cooper. People used to say I look like I would drive a mini cooper.

What are your go-to tv shows?
I like “Insecure” a lot. I love what it does for the culture. I don’t watch TV a ton, but I like "The Wire," "Black Mirror," and "Unsolved Mysteries" with Robert Stack. I’m more of a podcast kind of person.

What podcasts do you listen to?
“Bodega Boys,” they’re these two Dominican and Jamaican guys who talk about current events. I listen to a lot of crime ones. I like "Adam Ruins Everything," where he basically dismantles truths that we take to be established.

What’s an interesting fact that most people don’t know about you?
I’m really big on traveling. I spent three months in Korea and Japan just backpacking after I graduated. I quit my job and just left. It was an eye-opening experience. I went to Paris this year, where I took a month road trip across the country. I brought a tent and just pitched it wherever I could. I think it’s important to travel. I also lived in NYC for a summer, where I interned for a poetry magazine. I grew up in Buffalo, and I want to experience life outside of it as much as I can.