Scott Steffes, CAI, CES

In today’s world there are so many worthy causes, compelling stories and genuine needs when it comes to giving. That’s why I struggle sometimes in choosing where to focus time, attention and money to do my small part in trying to make a difference. I’ll bet many reading this share the same struggle. There never seems to be “enough” and at the end of the day, we have to choose.

The National Auctioneers Association, and the Foundation in particular, have been one of my “choices” and I always feel great about it. 

You see, the auction business and the people like each of you in our industry are truly one of the greatest reasons I’m fortunate enough to be able to give back. We all support our industry and are making a commitment with our dues and participation in the NAA. Without a sound voice and a thriving industry (the Foundation fully supports), I’m certain the successes each of us enjoy in our profession wouldn’t be nearly as possible.

My family and I have seen that first hand over the many decades we’ve been members of the NAA. I recognize that and am truly grateful—we all should be. And in today’s changing environment and stressful times, it’s all the more important to keep the foundation of our industry solid. 

I believe even the smallest of contributions to that endeavor are worth the investment. Do we see definable returns and direct results? Truthfully, it’s hard in the short term but obvious in the long run, as I’ve witnessed. That’s why I support the NAA by participating and with the Foundation by contributing. It’s been a great investment in the long run, and I know if you trust what I say, you’ll feel the same way when you decide to give like I have.

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