Auction Academy’s 7th Class Group Begins

By Staff Writer October 26, 2021

Auction Academy will finish 2021 with a flurry of activity, with two important events set for November, according to Academy President Penny Wanna. Coming up first is the inaugural meeting of Auction Academy’s 7th Class Group in Nashville on Nov. 4-6. The two-year curriculum includes both virtual training and quarterly in-person meetings.

“We are very excited to welcome this new Class Group to the program and absolutely thrilled that this will be the largest class to date, with 30 registered students from auto auctions and industry partners around the country,” Wanna said.

During this first session, Tony Long of International Automotive Remarketers Alliance will review his organization’s mission. The students will also begin coursework in the IARA CAR Certification Program, which is now a regular part of the Academy coursework.  The next day the group will visit Manheim Nashville Auto Auction, hosted by auction General Manager, Sam Chapel. 

“Auction Academy’s students will learn much from Sam Chapel, who is one of the top auto auction general managers in the country,” said Pierre Pons, Academy CEO. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated what it means to lead by example and bring out the best in others, in recognition of which he earned the highest honor for a Cox Enterprises employee: the Gov. James M. Cox Award. We are so grateful to always open our program with a visit to this spectacular auction facility, and to get industry insights from Sam and his team.” 

The first session for Class Group 7 will also include presentations by Dave Blake of McConkey Auction Group with an overview of the industry, Eric Stevens of Littler Law on Labor and Employment practices, Charlie Vogelheim on Guidebooks 101 and an in-depth study into Digital Sales in OVE University.

Later in November, the Auction Academy will graduate Class 6 when the industry meets in Las Vegas.

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