I was awarded the prestigious Foundation’s CAI scholarship for 2020, and then COVID-19 postponed it. Fortunately, the scholarship was carried over to 2021, where CAI went virtual. I have to admit, at first, I was hesitant to participate in the virtual not knowing how the class would connect if not in-person? In the end, this wasn’t an issue as there is something in the CAI Kool Aid! I am so glad that I decided to attend and am looking forward to completing the CAI program and growing in this industry with my CAI Family.
The scholarship was very important to me for 2020 as I was in the middle of changing my career from the music industry to full time benefit auctioneering with no budget for continuing education. Then came COVID-19 and, like most others in our industry, I had lost all of my income. It goes without saying that without the scholarship assistance there would be no way I would have been able to attend CAI 2021.
The education CAI provided was top notch with super knowledgeable and incredible instructors. Even though CAI this year ended up being a hybrid with some virtual and others in-person, a solid bond was made within the class. I can’t wait to see how we deepen our connection over the next two years. I am excited to share that I’m already experiencing positive results from CAI from how I present my proposals, to client referrals, and a general excitement about my career. Thank you, National Auctioneers Foundation, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting auctioneers such as myself with our journeys.