Auction Academy Fields Second Class Group, Thanks Sponsors

Auction Academy announced this week the full enrollment of its Second Class Group, made up of representatives from 15 NAAA-member independent auctions. Randall McCathren, COO of Auction Academy reports that the group will progress as a Class with a two-year curriculum, meeting once a quarter. The first session is scheduled for November 29th in Nashville, TN.

Randall McCathren, COO Auction AcademySays McCathren: “Auction Academy’s Second Class Group is geared toward existing auction managers and those on management tracks at their respective auction facilities. While our First Class Group, dubbed the ‘Sons and Daughters’ class, was composed of next generation leaders, we have intensified the curriculum for our Second Class, a group of sixteen students who are already at the general manger, assistant general manager, or department manager level at their independent auto auction.

Participating in the Second Class Group are Kevin Mills (Plaza Auto Auction), Tommy Rogers (Carolina Auto Auction), Eric Autenrieth (Indiana Auto Auction),Chris Angelicchio (Pittsburgh Auto Auction), Lawrence Cubitt (Flint Auto Auction), Dave Ward (Brasher’s Idaho Auto Auction), Steve Goettling (KCI Auto Auction), Matt Alombro (Louisiana Auto Auction), JD Glover (EPIAA), Justin Brown (Missouri Auto Auction), Shaun Miller (Statewide Auto Auction), Scott Crane (Brasher’s Reno Auto Auction), Mike Shaub (Bel Air Auto Auction), Justin Booth (Brasher’s Salt Lake Auto Auction), Steve Doyle ( DAA Northwest), and Bridget Higginbotham (Louisiana Auto Auction).

Auction Academy is an industry-focused continuing education program developed by TPC Management Company. It 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 country, Auction 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.

“Fielding Auction Academy’s Second Class Group shows that there is a commitment within the independent auction community for this level of training,” said TPC Management President Pierre Pons. “It shows the importance that business owners in our industry place on the continuity and sustainability of their operations, as well as their desire to ensure that their auction sites are performing at peak levels.”

“In addition to acknowledging the confidence that the independent auctions are showing in Auction Academy by their participation, we salute the many industry sponsors who are generously supporting this program,” said Pons. “Leading the list of companies who have been integral to Auction Academy’s success are Black Book, Designworks AMG, OVE, United Road and DSC. Without them, and other industry sponsors like them, we would not have been able to launch Auction Academy so successfully and so quickly.”

For additional information about Auction Academy, contact Randall McCathren by email:, or by telephone: (615) 383-1930; or visit the web site