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Nominating Committee endorses candidates for annual election

The National Auctioneers Association Nominating Committee has endorsed candidates for the 2013 Board of Directors election.

Board of Directors election 2013The Committee, formed in July as a result of revisions to the NAA Bylaws approved by the Board of Directors, endorses the following candidates:

•    For the office of Vice President, Tom Saturley, CAI
•    For the office of Treasurer, Chris Pracht, CAI, AARE, CES
•    For Director positions, Mark Manley, CAI, AARE, CES, MPPA; Joseph Mast, CAI; and Scott Shuman, CAI

The Bylaws change, Article XII. 2, charges Nominating Committee members with these responsibilities:

•    Work with the Board to identify the optimal Board matrix based on the strengths and needs of the Board (including the need for diversity as defined by the organization).
•    Screen candidates’ eligibility and assess qualifications for service.
•    Recommend up to two nominations for each vacancy.

Committee Chairman, NAA Vice President Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS, says the Committee worked with the 2012-2013 NAA Board of Directors to create a survey identifying the competencies needed for the 2013-2014 Board.

Candidates then completed the survey, which showed how their skills aligned with the requirements outlined by the Board. The Committee also reviewed the candidates’ letters of intent and their résumés before conducting phone interviews with each person.

Committee support

“We are pleased to have candidates who submitted applications that met the majority of the skills we need to have a strong Board of Directors,” Behr says. “The candidates who have applied went through a rigorous process, and the Committee is confident that they all meet the required competencies.”

As a result, Behr says the Nominating Committee was supportive of endorsing all candidates who applied.

In addition to Behr, Committee members are Past President Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS; Chairman of the Education Institute Trustees Marc Geyer, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES; National Auctioneers Foundation Vice President Sandy Alderfer, CAI, MPPA, and state Auctioneer association representative Jason Miller, CAI, President of the Ohio Auctioneers Association.

The NAA’s Bylaws note that the Committee “will consist of the Vice President, the Past President, the NAF Representative to the Board, the Chair of the Education Institute Trustees and a member leader from a state association.”

Absentee ballots

Candidate profiles will be included in the May issue of Auctioneer.

The election will take place July 18 at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Members who will not be able to participate in that meeting may request an absentee ballot from May 1-31 by sending an email to 2013election@auctioneers.org or by postal mail to 2013 Election, 8880 Ballentine, Overland Park, KS, 66214.

Absentee ballots must be returned by postal mail and must be postmarked by July 1. An NAA member’s name and membership number must be written on the outside of the envelope.

If an individual submits an absentee ballot and then determines they are able to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, they may proceed to the ballot pick-up area July 18 and request their previously submitted ballot. Once that ballot is produced and destroyed, the member may then request a new ballot for voting in the onsite election.

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NAA creates Task Force to evaluate online services

The National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors has established a Task Force to examine the products offered by providers of online auction services.

Rich Schur, CAI, BAS, MPPA, is Chairman, and members are Peter Gehres, CAI, CES; Robert Mayo, CAI, AARE, ATS, GPPA; Tom Saturley, CAI; John Schultz, ATS; and Robert Weiman, CAI, CES.

The charge is to investigate, explore and understand online auction industry trends, the quality of products and services offered and then potentially to recommend standards of practice to the Board on behalf of NAA members. Schur says he hopes the Task Force will provide a tool that will help NAA members make educated decisions when it comes to choosing a vendor or vendors for respective services.

Schur notes that the Task Force’s goal is to be fair and consistent in its examination of online auction products and services. Members of the Task Force will be contacting vendors directly for information, allowing each vendor equal time.

Schur says that as research proceeds, he and others in the group will provide updates on the companies the Task Force is researching. Please contact Schur at rich@successauctions.com if you know of vendors that are not being included.

The initial list of vendors comprises the following companies:

•    ArtFact
•    Auction Flex/Bidopia
•    Auction Network
•    AuctionZip Live
•    AuctionRPM
•    Bidspotter
•    Bidcaller
•    HyBidz
•    iCollector
•    Live Auction Group
•    Live Auctioneers
•    LuJohns
•    MarkNet Alliance
•    MaxaNet
•    NextLot
•    Online Ringman Suite
•    Phpprobid.com
•    Proauctionring
•    Proxibid
•    Real Time Bid
•    RSAuction
•    SimpleAuctionSite.com
•    snapnames.com/liveAuctions.do
•    texasbid.com
•    uniquescriptz.com
•    Vortex
•    xwauctions.com

Benefit auction software
•    http://www.capterra.com/auction-software?gclid=CKuB38OF47ECFce8KgoduDoAug (lists several choices)
•    Auctiontrak.net
•    biddingforgood.com
•    clickbidonline.com
•    nwsoftware.com
•    ReadySetAuction.com
•    SchoolAuction.net

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NAA Board plans to take action on Task Force recommendations

The National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors acted on recommendations from the Vision 2015 Task Force during its spring meeting in mid-April.

The Board now plans to vote, during its summer meeting in July, on allowing any auction professional to join the association as a voting member; however, it chose to forgo a name change at this time for the association.

During its meeting, the Board of Directors thoroughly discussed the recommendations, as well as feedback NAA members provided during the past three months.

In response to the Vision 2015 recommendations, considering strongly the input from NAA members, the Board made these decisions:

1) It will vote on the creation of one class of membership that provides all members the right to vote in NAA elections. Approval requires a change to the NAA’s Bylaws.

2) No membership vote will take place on a potential name change for the association. A name change would have required an amendment to the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. As some NAA members liked the name change as proposed, and some did not, the Board will continue to ask for feedback and conduct research on the issue so as not to rush into a decision.

3) It tabled the suggestion to eliminate the Immediate Past President position. The Past President will continue to serve on the Board.

4) It will vote on a possible revision to the NAA Bylaws that would align them to reflect the section of the Articles of Incorporation regarding Presidential Appointees. According to the NAA’s Articles, the President of the Association has his or her choice on whether or not to appoint an outside individual to the Board.

5) As the NAA’s Education Institute supports a reduction in the number of its Trustees, with the intention of creating more efficiency within the group, the Board plans to vote on a revision to the NAA Bylaws that would do the following: 1) Reduce Trustee terms from four to three years; 2) Eliminate two positions, through attrition, by 2015; 3) Discontinue the NAA Treasurer’s service on the Board effective July 2013. If approved, the Education Institute Trustees would comprise six members, plus the NAA Vice President, in July 2015.

6) It plans to vote on a Bylaw change that could eliminate the Candidate Information Review Committee and establish a Nominating Committee. The group would be responsible for submitting up to two candidates per vacancy on the Board of Directors. Individuals who wish to serve without nomination from the committee could still run as long as they met the deadlines specified in the Bylaws.

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