To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
Jonathan Kraft is the current head of Kraft Auction Service. Although he has only been running the business since 2005, he has been working in the auction business since before he can remember! During this time, Jonathan has developed expertise in heavy equipment, fine art, coins, guns, high end antiques, collectibles, collector cars, real estate and benefit-charity auctions. He attended the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA in 2005. Jonathan earned a BS in Accounting and Management from Purdue University in 2009 and an MBA in Strategy from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management in 2010.In addition to his experience with Kraft Auction Service, he has worked for Kruse International selling collector cars, in the Philippines with Asia International Auctioneers, and was invited to a Ritchie Brothers heavy equipment sale in 2007. He made his television debut on ESPN2’s Bidding Wars from 2005-2007. Bidding Wars is a show featuring top collector car auctions attended by the wealthiest collectors in the world!
In 2007, Jonathan was the reserve champion International Junior Auctioneer and Indiana Auctioneer. In 2008, he was reserve champion in Indiana again, but won the Michigan State auctioneering championship. Since 2007, Jonathan has won numerous marketing awards and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Indiana State Auctioneer Association. And in 2010 was name the Indiana State Champion Auctioneer!
Ben A. Rodway is a native to Jeffersonville, IN but has lived in Louisville for 25 years. He currently resides in Germantown and is a "hood snob", in his belief that his neighborhood is better than your neighborhood.
Ben has multiple degrees including a B.A., a M.A.T., and a M.S.I.S. He is one smart dude as well as one service oriented dude having been an U.S. Army Reservist since 2002. He currently serves as an Instructor in the Chemical Corps and even deployed once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005.
What Ben brings to your Real Estate transaction, is the ability to effectively listen to your wants and needs. He treats all of his clients as individuals and uses their first meeting to research those wants and needs, into an effective game plan. Ben has the ability to research, write, and communicate effectively which will help you in your process of the American Dream.
Maggie Beckmeyer, President of Auctions by Maggie and a Realtor with Star One Realtors, has over 25 years of auction industry experience. She specializes in appraisals, probate solutions, liquidations, and real estate and is a proud member of the Ohio Auctioneers Association. Maggie is a past board member and the first woman president of OAA. She is an active director of Ohio Realtors Association, a member of National Auctioneers Association and National Association of Realtors, MPPA appraiser and USPAP compliant. She is a member of the Kiwanis, Antique Club, Women’s Council of Realtors, the Cincinnati Art Museum and numerous collector groups. Maggie is licensed in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and South Carolina. Maggie resides in the Cincinnati area and loves spending time with her family that includes 18 grandkids.
Chip Kugler, co-owner of The Auction Company, began his auction career in 1991. Growing up on a small farm in Northern, Indiana, Chip attended many auctions as a child and his passion for the auction business is alive today. Kugler was named the 2012 Indiana Auctioneer’s Association, Champion Auctioneer. He is currently the Vice President of the Indiana Auctioneer’s Association (he will be President in 2017) and is also President of the Uhl Collector’s Society. Chip has conducted auctions in Indiana, Florida, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, California and Virginia.
Steve Shupperd has worked at the same company, Shearer Printing in Kokomo, Indiana, since the week he graduated from high school—more than four decades ago. He's seen the printing industry change and has been at the forefront of that change, often hosting beta testing for new international technology. His company is the largest producer of mail at one of the largest postal hubs in Indiana, having mailed millions of pieces of mail. Steve knows auctions, too, both as someone who grew up going to auctions and as a licensed Indiana auctioneer and bid caller. Over the last 15 years, Steve and his staff have printed more award-winning pieces in the auction industry than any other print shop in the nation—literally hundreds on the state and national levels for some of the biggest names in both the Indiana Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association. On top of those awards, auction direct mail brochures that he has printed have won two international Torrespapel Certificates of Merit—coveted prizes in the printing industry. Giving his time to multiple charitable, community, and auctioneer organizations. Steve is also the winner of the Pat Massart Award for 2014 as well as a finalist for the Rose Award in 2015 at the Certified Auctioneers Institute.
John was raised in Elkhart County, Indiana. He graduated from the Reppert Auction school and began his auction career in 2009. John also graduated from the Indiana Auctioneer Leadership Academy & Dale Carnegie course – “How to Influence People & Win Friends”. He was the 2013 Indiana Auctioneer Champion, and the Michigan Ringman champion in 2014.
John will assist the Halderman Real Estate auction team and offer real estate services for the sale of farmland and rural properties in the Elkhart, Marshall, St. Joseph and Kosciusko County areas. In addition to selling real estate, John is active in personal property and auto auctions. John is always working on leaving a positive impression in the auction business! We welcome him to our team!
Jack L. Christy, Jr. – CAI, ATS, BAS, GPPA
Jack Christy, Jr. is a graduate of Greenwood High School. He continued his education at the ATA Training academy and became a commercial aircraft mechanic. He attended over 125 classes to fulfill his continuing education and aircraft mechanic licensing requirements. After seven years in the airline business, Jack decided to change his career and enter the auction industry. Jack is a graduate of Professional Ring Man’s Institute, graduate of Benefit Auction Specialist, Auction Technology Specialist, Certified Auctioneer Institute, and graduate of Personal Property Appraisal.
In 2006, Jack earned his auctioneering license after graduating Reppert Auction School. Jack specialization is in automobiles, tooling and electronics. Jack currently assists in the instruction at Reppert Auction School. Jack serves as the General Manager at Christy’s. Jack is seasoned in internet sales and computer related skills.
Jack resides in Greenwood with his wife Amber and their five children. Jack is a third generation auctioneer and son of Jack and Teresa Christy.