2015 Winter Convention schedule

January 22 through January 25, 2015

Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel
Wichita, KS

KAA room rate is $89 per night
Reservation code 2186283
Make your hotel reservation ONLINE or call 1-800-325-0720

Schedule & Registration

Thursday, Jan. 23

Thursday January 22, 2014
6 to 10 p.m. President’s Reception and registration
8 p.m. Board meeting followed by past presidents’ meeting
Friday January 23, 2014
7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and fellowship
8:30 to 9 a.m. Legislative Update | Lobby Monitor Dan Murray
9 a.m. Tours for anyone not attending real estate courses
Meet in lobby
9 a.m. to noon Real estate mandatory broker core, 3 hours CE
Amanda Rempe, Wichita Association of REALTORS®
Noon to 1 p.m. Vendor Spotlight Luncheon, now included with full registration
1 to 4 p.m. Real estate course – Auction Verdicts, 3 hours CE
Mike Brandly, CAI
4:15 to 5 p.m. First Time Attendees’ Orientation
4:30 to 4:45 p.m. Rookie contestants’ meeting
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fun auction item check-in
4:30 to 6 p.m. KRVN reception
5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Auctioneer Championship preliminary contest
7:15 p.m. Banquet, fun auction, rookie contest, 25 year parade of champions
Saturday January 24, 2014
7 to 9 a.m. Breakfast buffet and fellowship
7 to 7:30 a.m. Christian Auctioneers Fellowship
8 to 8:35 a.m. KAA candidate speeches
KAAA BOD officer interviews
8:35 to 8:50 a.m. Voting
9 to 10:30 a.m. Panel of Champions – Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS; Charly Cummings; Kevin Borger; Megan McCurdy Niedens CAI, BAS
9 to 10:30 a.m. Benefit Auction Consulting 101
Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. KAA Auxiliary annual meeting
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 to 12:15 p.m. UCC 2-328
Mike Brandly, CAI
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
Noon to 2 p.m. Auxiliary luncheon, scholarship auction
Everyone welcome
1:30 to 3 p.m. History of Auctions
Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS
1:30 to 3 p.m. So You Want to be a Paid Benefit Auctioneer?
Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS
3 to 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Auctioneering and Bid Calling
Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS
4:45 to 6:30 p.m. KAA annual business meeting
7 p.m. Banquet, presentations, sponsor recognition, Auctioneer Champion, Livestock Champion, Award of Distinction, scholarship awards, Hall of Fame and BOD service auction
9:30 p.m. Hall of Fame reception
Come enjoy dessert and congratulate our newest inductee(s)
Sunday January 25, 2013
7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Fellowship over coffee and continental breakfast buffet
9 to 10 a.m. Non-denominational inspirational worship service and KAA memorial
10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Using Effective Communication to Improve Your Business
Hannes Combest, NAA Executive Director
Noon Installation luncheon
Following luncheon KAA BOD meeting
KAAA BOD meeting
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Letter from the Auxiliary

Greetings Fellow Auxiliary Members,

It’s hard to believe the end of the year is just around the corner. That means it won’t be long before we’ll be gathering at the Drury Plaza Broadview Hotel in Wichita for the Winter Convention. Mark your calendars and start planning now to attend January 22-25, 2015. Be sure you include the Auxiliary Luncheon and Fun Auction in your plans. Remember, it’s a separate item on the registration form. Plan to bring an item to auction at the Fun Auction so you can participate in providing the funds for the scholarships that will be given to some worthy students.

Also, be thinking if you know of some deserving auxiliary member that you might want to nominate for the Auxiliary Hall of Fame award. Last year was the first year that we awarded our very own Auxiliary Hall of Fame Award.

The dues billings for next year’s membership dues will be going out soon to all the auctioneers. Be watching for them because the dues billings for auxiliary members will be included on the auctioneers’ bills this year. Don’t be dropped from the membership because you missed paying your dues. After all, it’s a real bargain at only $10.00 per year.

If you have an interest in serving on the Auxiliary Board, be sure to contact one of the Board members. We would love for you to get involved.

The convention is a good opportunity for some great educational meetings and fellowship with other auction families. Hope to see you in Wichita in January.

Annette McCurdy
KAAA President

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November presidential update

Megan McCurdyHello Kansas Auctioneer Friends,

Wow, how this year has flown by. It’s hard to believe the holidays are coming and soon I’ll be finishing up my year of presidency. It’s been a great ride and I am so thankful to be having this experience and be working with an incredible Board of Directors.

Just last week, we conducted a board meeting and our Annual Livestock Auctioneer Championship. It was a fierce competition. Congratulations to Russele Sleep, our new champion. We had 12 contestants and the contest was conducted at the Emporia Livestock Auction. This committee included Wayne Wischropp, Charly Cummings, Justin Banzhaf and Mike Bailey. These men did a great job and represented our association well.

I am excited to announce to the membership that not only are we completely in compliance with our state and federal taxes, but we also recently received the news that the KAA officially has our non-profit status current and active. Last year we encountered some issues regarding our status and taxes due to reporting changes and have been working tirelessly to come in compliance ever since. We now look to the future as we are in good standing and a strong association. Our membership is climbing, our value in membership is growing, our financials are strong and it’s a great time to be a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association. I would like to thank Cindi for embracing this challenge as she joined our association and guided us through it.

We are currently gearing up for Winter Convention, it is right around the corner. It will be held January 22nd-25th at the Drury Broadview Plaza in Wichita. This historic hotel has been recently renovated and has gorgeous views of the river. We are excited to have Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS (Past NAA President and Past IAC Champion), Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS (Past NAA President) and Mike Brandly, CAI. We plan to have sessions on auction law, benefit auctions, competitive auctioneering and many other topics for our wide variety of auction professionals. Please review the schedule which is also in this edition of the Sunflower. I’m confident there is something for everyone. Register early for the early bird special!

Also at the Winter Convention will be the preliminary round for the Kansas Auctioneer Championship and a Rookie Bid-Calling contest. Challenge yourself to enter. It’s a challenge for personal improvement and has side benefits of comradery with contestants and a great time. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the outstanding auctioneer talent that we have here in Kansas.

I hope to see you all in Wichita this coming January. I am available at any time to members with questions or concerns and am honored to serve this year as your President.

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Legal issues in real estate auctions

Watch the latest free presentation from the National Auctioneers Association, featuring Mike Brandly, CAI, AARE, who will be one of the KAA’s guest speakers at our upcoming Winter Convention in Wichita in January.

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Our new feedback form

In an effort to continue to serve our membership, our the KAA Board of Directors desires an easier way for the membership and the public to interact with the association. To that end, we’ve updated our feedback form to allow for anonymous submissions. In the past, submitting feedback has required a name and email address. You can still use the form to ask questions by leaving us your name and contact information, but now you can also make comments or leave tips anonymously if you desire.


You can always find a link to the feedback form in the footer at the bottom of every page on the site.

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