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March 25, 2016 Back from CAI!

I just returned from five days at Indiana University, which hosts the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) on behalf of the National Auctioneers Association. IU Memorial Union is an awesome setting for this event and walking the halls was an amazing experience. There were 225-plus auctioneers and auction professionals joining the IU students to navigate the halls. The Memorial Union is known as “the Union”.

During this 40th anniversary of CAI I taught a four-hour course on benefit auctions to the first-year students of the three-year CAI program. These students consisted of auction professionals from all across America and Canada. At the end of the class they are charged with preparing and conducting a benefit auction in their second year, thereby applying what they learned in class. Actually, the auction idea started decades ago at CAI when we entertained ourselves by hearing each other’s chant. This “entertainment” turned into a formal educational experience three years ago.

I am fortunate to be the instructor for this group.

The class assignment has been handed out, the chair/co-chair and administrative positions have been appointed, committees are in the process of being selected and the theme of the auction event has been determined. I will work with the committee chairs as they structure their event then watch it all unfold next March. I look forward to working with Class II while we prepare for your class assignment – good luck with your 2017 Benefit Auction, Class of 2018!

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