Monday, September 21, 2009

Saying Good-Bye and Good Luck

Semper Fi

A fellow Marine, my classmate gave Jeff gave our instructor Paul Behr a skull cap. Now Paul doesn't own a Harley but he has the look and walk of a highway warrior.

The Infamous Pink Flamingo

As I've mentioned before, we enjoyed having fun between our turns at the mic. I promised my classmates I would post the "Infamous Pink Flamingo" video. Fast forward 20 seconds into the video and you'll know what I mean. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Auction Schools

If you’re interested in going to auction school the National Auctioneers Association has a listing of auction schools across the country who provide aspiring auctioneers with the training needed to start their career. I was fortunate to be a student at World Wide College of Auctioneering (, but there are many great schools out there.
Here are just a few auction schools you might consider attending.

Texas Auction Academy
Reppert School of Auctioneering
Southeastern School of Auctioneering
Western College of Auctioneering
Nashville Auction School
The Ohio Auction School

Again, to find auction schools in the US and abroad, visit our website at and visit the Education & Designations page.

Meet my classmates Terri and Warren

The ultimate auction team!

Room with a view

While I rarely spent much time in my room, I do however have an amazing view of the Colorado mountains from my room.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pool Party!

What better way to celebrate your last day of auction school and last night together as auction school students then to throw a pool party! The pool has become a congregation place after class this week and tonight we're going to spend our remaining time together there tonight.

I've had the fortune of becoming friends with some amazing people and I hope to stay in touch with them after we graduate tomorrow. Who knows? We may be working for each other down the road.

I'm exhausted and I will try to keep up with the young bucks in the crew but graduation is tomorrow morning and then I'm headed back home to Kansas City.

Meet my classmate Mark

I sat next to Mark throughout auction school. Mark is hilarious! He is a stand-up comedian who came to college to learn how to become a benefit auctioneer. He invented one of the funniest bumper stickers I've seen in a long time: "Proud Father of My Neighbor's Honor Student". Thank you Mark, its been a pleasure getting to know!

Paul is gonna kill me!

Paul: I just had to add this video!

Thank you Terri for the demonstration. We had a lot of fun learning from you.

Last day of school!

We had a little fun before our final exams today. Stand-up comedian and classmate Mark Thomas cracked up the class with a stand-up bit built for an auction crowd! I'm working on getting him to our 2010 Conference & Show to show-off his bit because he'll have auctioneers rolling in the isles!

My good friend from the North, Steven Hesterman, displayed why he's a multiple karate championship winner. He taught the class some great self-defense skills and even showed us a great trick. Watch the video and see Steven, a whole 150 lbs, stand his ground when pushed by Sean Allen and Nick Peat (600+ lbs). Pretty neat to see!


Muchas gracias to NAA Auctioneer Angelo Lopez for teaching myself and my classmates about bid calling in Spanish. It was challenging but with practice I think I will be able to implement it into my bid call in the future.


Upload issues so I loaded the video to YouTube. Last night was a LONG night but it was also the best night I've had here at auction school. Last day of school!

Visit link below to watch video on YouTube

Thank you Rich, Shannon, Wade and Brett for being liberal bidders last night! I'm sorry you won't be taking that delicious Kansas City BBQ home with you back to Canada, David! ;-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pre-Auction Interview

Meet my classmate Sean

Soy su subastador

Just when I thought I had my numbers down, our instructor Angelo Lopez throws us a curveball. Angelo will be teaching students who are interested in bidding in spanish the next two days. The morning session started with learning our numbers in SPANISH!

We're all a little nervous here at auction school today because tonight is the big night! At 5:00 p.m. we'll have a public auction and will each sell three items. Each student was asked to bring an item to sell. Being from Kansas City, there is only one thing you can bring that represents KC and that's BBQ sauce. I'm hoping to spur a little competition amongst the Kings of the Grill. I'm also selling a copy of this year's 2009 International Auctioneers Championship. I know a couple classmates who'll be bidding on this awesome DVD set!

Wish me luck!