Auction Academy’s Class Group 5 Prepares for Graduation; Registration now OPEN for Class 6!

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Auction Academy, a continuing education program developed by TPC Management Company (TPC) for professionals in the auto auction industry, announced the completion of the 7th session of Class Group 5 in Detroit and looks forward to its final session and graduation at the 2019 CAR Conference in Las Vegas this spring. The Academy also took its popular Seminar Series on the road, making it available to the staff at BSC America’s Bel Air Auto Auction in Belcamp, Maryland.


Said Penny Wanna, Auction Academy President, “Class 5 has been the most Industry-aggressive group to-date with both the IARA CAR Certification and Safe T. Sam Certification added to our curriculum. Our students have worked diligently to complete their certifications during and in-between class sessions. We cover so much ground in our two-day sessions, and our 7th session in Detroit was one of our the busiest, yet best sessions to date, with great tours and outstanding class instruction. We appreciate the support received from the industry leaders who partner with us on industry initiatives, participate in training and who facilitate the tours.”


Class 5 will meet next during the 2019 CAR Conference in Las Vegas on March 25-27. The group’s 8th and final session will include a tour of ADESA Las Vegas and in-class presentations by Brent Ramels of SmartAuction, Lynn Weaver of IAG, Cody Boswell of Missouri Auto Auction and Auction Academy Alumni, who will host a segment on Auctioneering 101. The session will conclude with the group’s graduation ceremony, which will take place on March 27th during the Conference’s Awards & Recognition Ceremony. The class will also be recognized during the IARA portion of the ceremony where 100% of the class is expected to receive their IARA CAR Certification.


Registration is Open for Next Auction Academy Class Group
Wanna reports that registration for Class 6 is now open, with limited spots remaining. This class will launch in Nashville, TN on May 16-18. “Interest in our 6th Class Group has been tremendous,” said Wanna. “We have already confirmed participants from McConkey Auction Group, BSC America, Big Valley Auto Auction, Carolina Auto Auction, Clark County Auto Auction, Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction, Auction Edge, Plaza Auto Auction, FastLane Auto Exchange, CARS Recon, Dixie Auto Auction and America’s Auto Auction. Auction Academy ‘s presence and exhibit booth during the 2018 NAAA/NRC Convention in Scottsdale, and the positive reviews by previous graduates and the companies they work for have generated great interest and excitement for the upcoming Class Group.”
Auction Academy Takes Seminar Series on the Road
Wanna also reports that Auction Academy’s Seminar Series has been on the move, taking its programs on location when and where they are needed. On December 3rd and 4th, the Academy took its Workplace Culture Seminar to BSC America’s Bel Air Auto Auction, where the auction’s department heads and key employees attended an all-day program focusing on Sexual, Physical and Mental Harassment, Physical Danger, Safety and Insurance.


“The Nichols family has developed a strong culture of continued education, key reminders and real-time guidelines to help ensure a safe and productive work environment for their dedicated employees,” said Wanna. “This Seminar is an ideal fit for their employee training, and has encouraged the Auction Academy Team to identify other on-site locations that would benefit from our Seminar Series.”


Auction Academy is a continuing education program developed by TPC Management Company (TPC) for professionals in the auto auction industry. Auction Academy has developed two distinct curriculums,the first being the original two-year program which provides a training and development experience for auto auction professionals, structured like an Executive MBA program. The second curriculum is Seminar Series, a 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, contact Penny Wanna by telephone: (615) 591-4544; or by email:, or visit the web site