I have been in the auction business for several decades, focused primarily in estates. As a past president of the Florida Auctioneers Association and NAA member since the beginning, I have tried to participate in so many of the education opportunities.
I love the business, so when life transitions hit and I needed to redirect my career, it was the generosity of the National Auctioneers Foundation that helped. Having the support of the Foundation, both financially and professionally, prompted me to move forward with my CAI adventure. I am so thankful to have graduated from CAI in Indianapolis this year.
My one piece of advice is do not wait to attend NAA education events or to apply for scholarships. I wish I had done this at the beginning of my career. I encourage those wanting to take the next step to jump in with both feet. It will give you experience, knowledge and relationships that will move you into the next level. Personally, I look forward to paying it forward with the Foundation.