My family is getting ready to head to Texas to the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Conference and show and to say I am stoked is a gross understatement. I’m getting ready to go partake of one of my favorite weeks of the year, and I’m going to see my compressed friends.
This is my second year and the Chairman of the NAA conference and show education committee. We have worked hard (and the staff has worked even harder) to bring a top shelf educational event. This event draws auctioneers from around the globe, last year they came from as far away as China to attend.
Many of the auctioneers I see at this event I also see at other classes and events sponsored by the NAA. I saw them at the 3 Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate classes I attended to earn my AARE. We spent all day in class, ate meals together then hung out at night. I met many of them again at the Certified Estate Specialist (CES) class I attended or at the Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) class or the Expert Witnesses class, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) class, the Auction Technology (ATS) or perhaps at the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI).
I have spent lots of time with these folks, compressed time. We spend the whole day together then we stay out way to late at night (you will never meet a funner group of people, Shriners wish they could have as much fun as a group of auctioneers). We go race go carts, we sing Karaoke, we dance, we tell great stories. In fact in a normal group if I tell the story where we found a grenade or a cannonball in someones home and it was live, I win. No contest, game over. In a group of auctioneers if I only found one grenade, I get to listen to the other compressed friend (yes, Kurt Aumann I am talking about you) tell how he found two live grenades and when they did with them next (he will have to tell you himself). Some of my compressed auctioneer friends used to be cops. If you think a cop has a lot of stories, sit down with an auctioneer who used to be a cop (Rich Schur, Burdette Wilbur) grab your beer and hang on, you are going for a ride.
I sat down and did the math once. I calculated that I saw my very best friends once or twice a month for 2 to 5 hours, but when I added up the time I spent with auctioneers from Hawaii, and Wyoming, and Colorado, I noticed that I actually spent more time with some of them, compressed time, compress friends. I met them at classes, or conferences (both NAA and later State conferences where I was now teaching classes as an NAA speaker) or at the NAA Designation Academy ( where Tina was asked to help re-write the CES class ) or meetings of the NAA Educational Institute Trustees, or the NAA Strategic Planning Meeting, the Conference and Show Eduction Committee, the Auction Marketing Management (AMM) Committee or the Missouri Professional Auctioneers (MPAA) where I am currently serving as the President.
So, it’s off to Addison. Compressed friends, here we come!