At the end of April, Logan Thomas, of Fort Worth, Texas, won the 2015 Texas State Auctioneers Championship.
They are far from the only NAA members to top their respective fields
this year, and that drives home the point: NAA members at all levels –
local, state or even in world competitions – are rising to the top.
Both Ehlert and Thomas are currently enrolled in the NAA’s Certified
Auctioneers Institute – a three-year development program designed
specifically for auction professionals. Among the seven designation
programs NAA offers, CAI is considered the most highly revered among the
industry. It convenes for one week each March on the campus of Indiana
University in Bloomington.
So, is it a coincidence that the level of talent capable of winning
bid-calling championships is also attracted to the NAA and its
“Call it what you want, but we believe that auction professionals who
dive into the NAA and take advantage of unparalleled industry education
and invaluable networking opportunities are those focused on success for
themselves and their clients,” said Curtis Kitchen, NAA Director of
Communications. “What NAA offers can prepare its members for success in
everything from competitions to everyday situations such as effectively
competing on behalf of their buying and selling clients.”
The day-to-day aspect is vital for someone who is looking for the right
auction professional to handle their buying or selling needs – whether
it is personal property, real estate, estate sales, benefit auctions,
Through the NAA’s website at auctioneers.org, the general public can
click “Find an NAA auction professional” at the top of the page.
Searches can be narrowed by location, name, company, designation and
There is also a tab on the home page labeled “For Consumers” that
explores how and why you should use an NAA member, takes a look at the
NAA Code of Ethics, examines the history of auctions and provides a
glossary of auction terms, and provides answers to some commonly asked
For those in the auction industry, auctioneers.org and the NAA provides a
gateway toward climbing up the ranks of their industry. For the public,
the site provides the gateway for finding those auction professionals
who are committed to their craft and clients – a true win-win.