2015 Winter Convention schedule

January 22 through January 25, 2015
Drury Plaza Broadview
400 W Douglas Ave.
Wichita, Kan.

KAA room rate is $89 per night
Reservation code 2186283

Thursday, Jan. 23

Thursday January 22, 2014
6 to 10 p.m. President’s Reception and registration
8 p.m. Board meeting followed by past presidents’ meeting
Friday January 23, 2014
7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and fellowship
8:30 to 9 a.m. Legislative Update | Lobby Monitor Dan Murray
9 a.m. Tours for anyone not attending real estate courses
Meet in lobby
9 a.m. to noon Real estate mandatory broker core, 3 hours CE
Amanda Rempe, Wichita Association of REALTORS®
Noon to 1 p.m. Vendor Spotlight Luncheon, now included with full registration
1 to 4 p.m. Real estate course – Auction Verdicts, 3 hours CE
Mike Brandly, CAI
4:15 to 5 p.m. First Time Attendees’ Orientation
4:30 to 4:45 p.m. Rookie contestants’ meeting
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fun auction item check-in
4:30 to 6 p.m. KRVN reception
5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Auctioneer Championship preliminary contest
7:15 p.m. Banquet, fun auction, rookie contest, 25 year parade of champions
Saturday January 24, 2014
7 to 9 a.m. Breakfast buffet and fellowship
7 to 7:30 a.m. Christian Auctioneers Fellowship
8 to 8:35 a.m. KAA candidate speeches
KAAA BOD officer interviews
8:35 to 8:50 a.m. Voting
9 to 10:30 a.m. Panel of Champions – Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS; Charly Cummings; Kevin Borger; Megan McCurdy Niedens CAI, BAS
9 to 10:30 a.m. Benefit Auction Consulting 101
Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. KAA Auxiliary annual meeting
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 to 12:15 p.m. UCC 2-328
Mike Brandly, CAI
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Noon to 2 p.m. Auxiliary luncheon, scholarship auction
Everyone welcome
1:30 to 3 p.m. History of Auctions
Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS
1:30 to 3 p.m. So You Want to be a Paid Benefit Auctioneer?
Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS
3 to 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Auctioneering and Bid Calling
Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS
4:45 to 6:30 p.m. KAA annual business meeting
7 p.m. Banquet, presentations, sponsor recognition, Auctioneer Champion, Livestock Champion, Award of Distinction, scholarship awards, Hall of Fame and BOD service auction
9:30 p.m. Hall of Fame reception
Come enjoy dessert and congratulate our newest inductee(s)
Sunday January 25, 2013
7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Fellowship over coffee and continental breakfast buffet
9 to 10 a.m. Non-denominational inspirational worship service and KAA memorial
10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Using Effective Communication to Improve Your Business
Hannes Combest, NAA Executive Director
Noon Installation luncheon
Following luncheon KAA BOD meeting
KAAA BOD meeting
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November presidential update

Megan McCurdyHello Kansas Auctioneer Friends,

Wow, how this year has flown by. It’s hard to believe the holidays are coming and soon I’ll be finishing up my year of presidency. It’s been a great ride and I am so thankful to be having this experience and be working with an incredible Board of Directors.

Just last week, we conducted a board meeting and our Annual Livestock Auctioneer Championship. It was a fierce competition. Congratulations to Russele Sleep, our new champion. We had 12 contestants and the contest was conducted at the Emporia Livestock Auction. This committee included Wayne Wischropp, Charly Cummings, Justin Banzhaf and Mike Bailey. These men did a great job and represented our association well.

I am excited to announce to the membership that not only are we completely in compliance with our state and federal taxes, but we also recently received the news that the KAA officially has our non-profit status current and active. Last year we encountered some issues regarding our status and taxes due to reporting changes and have been working tirelessly to come in compliance ever since. We now look to the future as we are in good standing and a strong association. Our membership is climbing, our value in membership is growing, our financials are strong and it’s a great time to be a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association. I would like to thank Cindi for embracing this challenge as she joined our association and guided us through it.

We are currently gearing up for Winter Convention, it is right around the corner. It will be held January 22nd-25th at the Drury Broadview Plaza in Wichita. This historic hotel has been recently renovated and has gorgeous views of the river. We are excited to have Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS (Past NAA President and Past IAC Champion), Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS (Past NAA President) and Mike Brandly, CAI. We plan to have sessions on auction law, benefit auctions, competitive auctioneering and many other topics for our wide variety of auction professionals. Please review the schedule which is also in this edition of the Sunflower. I’m confident there is something for everyone. Register early for the early bird special!

Also at the Winter Convention will be the preliminary round for the Kansas Auctioneer Championship and a Rookie Bid-Calling contest. Challenge yourself to enter. It’s a challenge for personal improvement and has side benefits of comradery with contestants and a great time. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the outstanding auctioneer talent that we have here in Kansas.

I hope to see you all in Wichita this coming January. I am available at any time to members with questions or concerns and am honored to serve this year as your President.

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Legal issues in real estate auctions

Watch the latest free presentation from the National Auctioneers Association, featuring Mike Brandly, CAI, AARE, who will be one of the KAA’s guest speakers at our upcoming Winter Convention in Wichita in January.

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Our new feedback form

In an effort to continue to serve our membership, our the KAA Board of Directors desires an easier way for the membership and the public to interact with the association. To that end, we’ve updated our feedback form to allow for anonymous submissions. In the past, submitting feedback has required a name and email address. You can still use the form to ask questions by leaving us your name and contact information, but now you can also make comments or leave tips anonymously if you desire.


You can always find a link to the feedback form in the footer at the bottom of every page on the site.

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What does the KAA offer me as a member?

What does the KAA offer me as a member? And why should I encourage my auctioneer friends who are not members to join our association? Let’s take a look at these questions and make sure we are getting the full value of what we have available as members of the KAA.

As a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association, we have many resources at our fingertips. One very important, and often overlooked, benefit is our ability to request UCC lien searches. We can obtain these for a charge of only $10 for search plus $1 per page should the search find any outstanding liens. This could be the best $10 we ever spend if it helps us avoid a problem. We need to know about any outstanding lienholders that must be paid off at time of settlement from the auction proceeds. It is very simple to request a UCC search. Just email Cindi Ferguson at cindi@kansasauctioneers.com and let her know what company or individual you are running a search on. Cindi will have you provide her any details you need. The board is working on developing a form that we can fill out and email to Cindi to streamline the process.

Are you following the KAA on Facebook? Stay connectedOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA with current happenings within the association by liking our page on Facebook. Thank you to Aaron Traffas for once again sharing his technical abilities to help us out with this. We have a lot of members who have not liked this page but most likely are on Facebook. Please take a moment and look up the Kansas Auctioneers Association on Facebook and like the page. You will very quickly come to appreciate the posts that keep us current within the association.

Are you taking advantage of the education offered at conventions? At winter convention next year we will have Mike Brandly as a speaker. Mr. Brandly is an instructor at CAI and is also approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio as a continuing legal education instructor for attorneys. It will be great to have him at winter convention this year!

Networking is also a huge benefit of this association as we all know. It is nice to know KAA members from around the state who we can refer auctions to when we receive calls regarding auctions out of our area. Our customers appreciate the customer service when we can recommend a fellow member of our association to help them out.

One very important job of us as KAA members is to take time and welcome new members to our association. I will admit I am terrible at this and need to work on it more than anyone. We are all busy and have every day jam packed with things to get done, but taking that five minutes to make a phone call or send an email to a new member makes a huge impact on that new auctioneer. We have all been the new person to the auction industry and know the struggles of getting started, so please join with me in making a point to welcome new members when they join. These names will be in the Sunflower as well as on the KAA Facebook page. The past couple years we have been blessed with new members joining, so let’s not forget about them. They are the future of this great association.

From the Membership Committee, I want to say a huge thank you for all the hard work from our committee members as well as all other members of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in helping us grow our membership this past year. Let’s keep it up! We are all very blessed to be a part of this great industry of auctioneering!

Curt Marshall, Membership Committee Chair

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