Task Force recommends major changes for the NAA

The National Auctioneers Association Vision 2015 Task Force has made several recommendations to the NAA Board of Directors.

The Task Force presented the suggestions with the belief that they will ensure the NAA continues to provide relevant and valuable educational opportunities and representation for the auction industry.

NAA President Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS, says the Task Force recommends that educational opportunities are made available to auction professionals regardless of their role in the business.

She says that in order to make this a priority, there were two supporting recommendations:

1) The Task Force recommends that any auction professional be allowed to join the organization as a voting member; and 2) The Task Force recommends that the name of the organization be changed to the National Auction Association.

The Task Force presented the recommendations, and several others, to the NAA Board of Directors during the Board’s October meeting. The Task Force also discussed its suggestions with the NAF Board of Trustees, the Education Institute Trustees and the NAA Auxiliary Board of Trustees.

After taking into consideration feedback from the respective groups, the Task Force created and sent final recommendations to the NAA Board of Directors. The Board reviewed these during a conference call in November.

In summary, the recommendations are as follows:

1) Create one level of membership that allows all members to vote
2) Change the name of the organization to the National Auction Association
3) Eliminate the Immediate Past President position from the NAA Board of Directors
4) Make it a presidential decision whether or not to appoint an outside individual to the Board
5) Reduce the number of Education Institute Trustees by three (the NAA Treasurer would no longer serve and two other Trustee positions would be eliminated — reduction would occur through attrition)
6) Eliminate one year of service from the tenure of the EI Trustees (from four to three years)
7) Eliminate the Candidate Information Review Committee — create a Nominating Committee that would be responsible for submitting up to two candidates per vacant position (individuals who wish to serve without nominations could still run as long as they met the deadlines specified in the Bylaws)

Some of the recommendations would require a revision to the NAA Bylaws, which can be reviewed with appropriate notice to members. The name change and any revision to the composition of the NAA Board of Directors would require a revision to the Articles of Incorporation, which would require a vote at the Annual Meeting on July 19, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

The recommendations will be discussed at the State Leadership Conference in March as well as in presentations from various Board members at state Auctioneer association meetings.

Members who wish to provide feedback may do so in an e-mail to NAA CEO Hannes Combest, CAE, at hcombest@auctioneers.org. Feedback will be presented to the Board during its April meeting.

NAA President Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS, says the Board has not finalized any decision or any revision. It is its goal to obtain as much feedback as possible on the Task Force’s recommendations. A white paper that discusses the group’s recommendations is located on the NAA’s website, http://www.auctioneers.org. Go to the “Member Resources” section and click on the “Downloads” link.

Please see supporting stories on Pages 8-9 of the January issue of Auctioneer magazine.

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