AA finishes 2016 with Class Graduation and Seminar Session

Auction Academy Closes 2016 with Class Graduation and Completion of Seminar Series

Auction Academy finished the 2016 academic year the graduation of its 4th Class Group, and the 4th session of its recently expanded Seminar Series, reports Auction Academy CEO Pierre Pons.

“We are delighted to congratulate the members of our 4th Class Group, who gathered for their final training session and graduation from Auction Academy’s two-year program in Las Vegas during the NAAA/NRC conference at the Red Rock Hotel in Las Vegas,” said Pons.   

The Auction Academy provides a two-year training and development experience for automotive auction professionals, structured like an Executive MBA program. With faculty drawn from expert practitioners around the countryAuction Academy’s programs are designed to enhance essential skill sets, promote best practices and yield better auction performance. The curriculum includes site visits, field trips and work with industry experts in all areas of auction operations.

Pons reports that Auction Academy has opened registration for Class Group 5 of the two-year program.  Open to all auction personnel, Class Group 5 will kick off its eight-session program in the Spring of 2017.

Following the final meeting of the 4th Class Group, Auction Academy rounded out the year with its final Seminar Series event of 2016, meeting in Nashville with auction general managers and safety officers to focus on auction Compliance issues.  Auction Academy’s Seminar Series was expanded in 2016 to include four individual sessions:  Dealer Sales, Digital Management, Fleet/Lease Account Management, and Compliance.

“We felt there was a need in the industry for a shorter term training program with an intensive focus on specific topics, and launched our Seminar Series with a session for Digital Managers in July of 2015,” explains Pons. “That session was a resounding success, with attendance far exceeding our initial estimates and very positive evaluations.  As a result, we decided to expand the Seminar Series to include one session in each quarter in 2016, highlighting a key topic of specific interest to the independent auction community at each session.”

Pons reports that Auction Academy’s 2017 Seminar Series will focus on Leadership, Operations/Arbitration/OSHA, Fleet Lease and Digital Management.  Dates for the four sessions will be announced soon at www.auctionacademy.net.

Added Academy CEO, Pierre Pons: “Since its launch in 2012, the Auction Academy program has exceeded all of our expectations, and has been enthusiastically received by the students, faculty and the industry at large.  We also acknowledge the important role played by our main sponsors who have so generously sponsored Auction Academy:  Black Book, Next Gear Capital, OVE, Design Works, Henry and Patty Stanley, and a host of others.”

Says Randall McCathren, COO of Auction Academy: “In planning both our two-year Program and the shorter focused Seminar Series, we continue to cover topics that are critical to the overall development of leaders in our industry and success of their auctions. The enthusiastic participation from all corners of the industry confirms that Auction Academy plays a critical role in the remarketing industry and has raised the bar for career education.”

Auction Academy is a continuing education program developed by TPC Management Company (TPC) for professionals in the auto auction industry. For additional information about Auction Academy, contact Penny Wanna at pwanna@auctionacademy.net / (615) 591-4544; or visit the web site at www.auctionacademy.net.