Alabama Auctioneers Association News April 2020

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Attention

Due to COVID-19, the AAA Board has decided to publish our communication digitally for the time being. Please let us know your thoughts as we all manage through the unknown in the upcoming weeks/months.

Currently, our Convention is still on the schedule for:

May 31 - June 2, 2020

The Grand Hotel
Point Clear, AL

More details will be sent via email as they become available.

--NOTICE: This could change based on the State & National guidelines as time progresses.--

We encourage fellow auctioneers to honor social distancing and the other guidelines provided by the government & CDC.

President's Letter by Shaun Dalton

March certainly came in like a lion this year!  These are unprecedented times and I feel certain we can overcome anything thrown our way. Change is always a challenge, but as Auctioneers we are problem solvers.

The board is still working on making the Alabama Auctioneers better in every way. We will host board meetings as the State & National Government provide new guidelines. These meetings we will primarily be discussing the Conference scheduled for the end of May. We hope to be able to continue with it as scheduled, however, there is a real possibility that it will be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will communicate any changes as soon as we know.

We have also been in contact with State FFA leadership on ways to promote the Alabama Auctioneers Association to the FFA students throughout the State. This would help introduce the Auction method of marketing to students at a younger age. There have also been a few changes to our Auctioneer contest to hopefully encourage more participation in the rookie & jr contest divisions.

We are continually looking at ways to help promote your business - from the new Auctioneer fresh out of school to the seasoned Auctioneer with 50 years of experience - let us know how we can help you.

Please reach out to any of the board members to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. We are working to constantly promote the Alabama Auctioneers Association and we are all in this together. Here's to hoping that April goes out like a Lamb!

Shaun Dalton, President

COVID-19 Update from Hannes & the NAA

What have we learned from our experience with COVID 19?

I wrote this title and have been staring at it for the last hour trying to figure out the answer to the question….

It’s been more than two weeks since we cancelled CAI because of the impact of the coronavirus – COVID 19.  Through that experience, I’ve learned that people are generally kind and supportive.  Cancelling this event for the first time in more than 39 years was one of the hardest decisions that any Board has had to make in NAA’s history.  At that point the University was not closing the Memorial Union, but we weren’t sure that there would be food service available or what was happening in Bloomington.  A week later, we were glad we had cancelled as the Governor issued a “shelter in place” order.  We were glad that we didn’t have to start, then stop and help everyone get home safely.  But when we cancelled, who knew? Yet people reached out and said thank you for making this decision.

Today, our lives as we know it have changed.

And the auction industry is changing as well.  Shelter in place has meant fewer -many fewer- live auctions.  As stated in the March 25th edition of the State of the Auction Industry Amid COVID 19, “the nature of live auctions with large crowds is inherently contrary to current government regulations.” However, people in the auction industry are getting creative.

NAA is preparing to record a new webcast tomorrow called Bid Calling in a Virtual Environment and by the time you read this, it will be part of the COVID 19 response page on auctioneers.org (PLEASE NOTE: all content is available to members AND non-members).

In the survey listed above, people are looking at new opportunities, using online auctions and new technologies, and many are making new business improvements.  People are taking time spent as shelter in place to learn these new technologies and to try different things.

NAA is helping with tools and resources (webcasts, papers, etc.) on the COVID 19 resource page.  Each week more resources are added.  You can learn from some of the most experienced people in the industry on how to start using online auctions, or how you can use SignUp Genius to improve your loadouts.

In late March, NAA Leadership submitted a letter in support of the CARES Act, the economic stimulus bill, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last week. Already there are resources on NAA’s COVID 19  page for you as a small business owner on what this means for you and your business.  Are you a contract Auctioneer? Did you know if you have lost jobs because of COVID 19 that you may be able to file for unemployment under this bill?  You as a small business owner may be able to obtain loans from the Small Business Administration – some of which may be forgivable.  These questions and others may have answers on the COVID 19 Resource page (auctioneers.org).

This is a time for you to investigate these resources.  We know people in the auction industry are kind and supportive and creative.  But we all need a little help.  And if we all take time to figure it out, the auction industry will survive – in fact, it will be better than ever.
Hannes Combest

APro.bid Relief Fund:

Free Auction Listings For 2 Months!

Membership Monday!

This is not a misprint! APro.bid is offering a Relief Fund, in these tough economic times. Post your auction, send us an email if you need relief for that auction, and we will refund the cost of your auction post. No questions asked, strictly confidential. We as a community want to see you and your business stay strong and healthy.

Respond to the following and send us a direct message on Facebook or an email with your photo!

  • Name:
  • Family:
  • Awards:
  • Company & Location:
  • Specialties:
  • Years in the auction business:
  • Favorite auction memory:
  • Best part about being a member of the AAA:
  • Favorite Auction education topic:
  • How/when did you decide to become an Auctioneer:
  • Who introduced you to the AAA and when:

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Please let us know if there are any education topics that you would like for us to consider.

-Cali Crissup & the AAA Board-

2020 AAA Board Members

  • Shaun Dalton, President
  • Nathaniel Frederick, Vice-President
  • Wayne Thorn, Treasurer
  • Andrew Pearce, Director
  • Justin Fisher, Director
  • Ron Young, Director
  • Scott Williams, Director
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