Auction Academy Holds Training in Spokane and Baltimore, Reveals Plans for 2020

Penny Wanna President, Auction Academy

Auction Academy’s Class Group 6 met for training in Spokane, Washington on July 22-25, in conjunction with DAA Northwest’s Rock & Roll Sale, and in Baltimore, Maryland on September 23-25 where they were hosted by BSC America’s Bel Air Auto Auction.Both sessions began with IARA CAR Certification Testing, and Auction Academy’s President Penny Wanna notes that since the Group’s 1st meeting in May of 2019, more than 50% of the class is now fully CAR certified.

“CAR Certification is the gold standard for automotive remarketers, and this training is an invaluable part of our curriculum,” said Wanna. “It not only enhances the students’ understanding of the remarketing process but elevates the skill set of our class participants.”

Members of the current Class Group who have been certified this year include Brent Wesner, Kevin Mitchell, Alison Spangler, John Capecci, Mere Rangel, Nikki Liebler, Trevor Schroerlucke, Roxanne Elliott, Felicia Rawles, Katie Alombro, Rob Gorman, Andy Poteet and Vann Humphrey.

Auction Academy’s Class Group 6 tours DAA Northwest as it prepared for the 2019 Rock & Roll Sale, the industry’s largest promotional event.

In addition to being on-hand to observe DAA Northwest’s preparations for the biggest promotional event in the remarketing industry, Class Group 6 participated in two days of classroom training, which included presentations by Mitzi VanVoorhis of DAA Northwest, Kay Hudson of CARS Recon Inc., Wendy Gill from NextGear Capital, Dan Diedrich from Auction Edge, Dave Woods of Harley Davidson, Dr. Shann Ferch of Gonzaga University and Pierre Pons of Auction Academy’s

The final two-day session off 2019 was held in Baltimore and began with a presentation by Frank Hackett, CE0 of the National Auto Auction Association, and Todd August of AVIS, followed by a full day of NADA Training conducted by Michael Hayes on Franchise Dealers. The second day in Baltimore was a full one for the group, beginning with a tour of key auction and marshaling departments at Bel Air Auto Auction. The group then met for classes, with presentations by Brent Ramels and Kevin Valimont of Smart Auction, and Ron St. Denis of Auction Edge., and Jim Jackson of ARI.

Auction Academy was hosted by BSC America’s Bel Air Auto Auction for two days of training in September.

Said Wanna, “We cover so much ground in the two-day sessions, and both our meetings in Spokane and Baltimore were outstanding, with great facilities tours and top-notch class instruction.

We appreciate the support we receive from the industry leaders who participate in the training and facilitate the tours.”

Class 6 will meet next in Birmingham, Alabama, on February 27-29, 2020 where they will tour two auction facilities — ADESA Birmingham, and America’s Birmingham Auto Auction – receive training on frame and previous repair, and hear presentations from AutoTec, AutoCheck Auctions, Auction Insurance Agency, AuctionACCESS, and commercial insurance carrier Arthur J. Gallagher.

Also topping the calendar for Auction Academy’s in 2020 is an Auction Academy’s Alumni Trip to Europe with host CARS Recon and a full slate of dates for Auction Academy’s Seminar Series. In addition, Auction Academy’s will launch its 7th Class Group in the Fall of 2020.

Auction Academy’s is a continuing education program developed by TPC Management Company (TPC) for professionals in the auto auction industry. Auction Academy’s has developed two distinct curriculums, the first being the original two-year program which provides a training and development Auction Academy’s was hosted by BSC America’s Bel Air Auto Auction for two days of training in September. experience for auto auction professionals, structured like an Executive MBA program. The second curriculum is the newer Seminar Series, one-day intensive sessions focused on a specific topic or functional area. 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.

For additional information about Auction Academy’s, contact Penny Wanna by telephone: (615) 591-4544; or by email:, or visit the web site