The National Auctioneers Association elected Kelly D. Strauss to its Board of Directors at the recent 2018 International Auctioneers Conference and Show held in Jacksonville, FL this summer.
Past president of Virginia Auctioneer Association, Strauss was born in Radford, and grew up in Christiansburg. As a young man working in sales, he was casting around for a profession, so he asked his dad.
“I was at a point in my life after 20 years of sales – I had sold cars, insurance, door-to-door insurance sales… and I was with my dad dove hunting in King George and I said, “If you had to do it over again, what would you do?” and he didn’t even pause and said, “I’d be an auctioneer.””
So, Kelly went to auctioneer school. There are at least 20 around the US including North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Kelly went to World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, then the Certified Auctioneers Institute, Bloomington, Indiana.
“They help you develop your auction chant and learn about real estate, equipment, livestock, tobacco sales. All types of different things. Online auctioneering now too,” he said. ‘They teach you the basics and then help you get with a mentor.”
As an auction coordinator of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., Strauss oversees the day-to-day management of complex auction projects for the company…