To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
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.
Company Name: Strauss Auctions and Sales, LLC
Locations: Kendallville and Fort Wayne Indiana
Meet Fred Strauss, Auctioneer at Strauss Auctions and Sales LLC. Fred holds three college degrees, an Associates in computer Science Technology, Bachelors in Business, and Masters in Management from right here at Indiana Wesleyan. For the past 29 years he has worked for Harris Corporation, formerly known as ITT. He is the Instrument Manager for the (POES) Polar Orbiting Environment al Satellites, a position that requires him to not only manage company personnel and activities, but also interface with NASA on a frequent basis.
Never one to sit around idle, Fred has always had a side business or two. Since 2001, he and his wife Kristina have owned F&K Designs, a company specializing in embroidery, signs, and advertising promotional products. In 2006 they added Busy Beaver Lumber to their portfolio and built another business from the ground up that cuts and sells lumber and is now one of the biggest providers of bundled firewood in Northern Indiana. In parallel with these activities, Fred has always enjoyed buying and selling items on ebay and other such sites since 2003.
But there was one dream Fred always had and that was to be an Auctioneer and have his own Auction house. Happily that dream became a reality when Fred and Kristina bought and renovated a 3500sq foot reception hall and turned it into Strauss Auctions and Sales and Fred obtained his Auctioneers license and Auction Company License. They specialize in small to large size consignment and estate sale auctions as well as Real Estate Auctions. In particular they truly enjoy Train, Coin, Tool, and Machinery auctions and Fred and his extended family are eager and willing to serve all your auction needs.
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.
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.
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.
I fell in love with auctions at a very young age while going to Metzger auctions with my mom and dad. I found every aspect of the auction business interesting. At the age of thirty five, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming an auctioneer. I chose to go to St. Louis Missouri to the Missouri Auction School. I went back a short while later to get my appraisal license. I now work for Metzger Property Services. I would have never dreamt when I was a little girl watching the Metzger team in action, that I would one day be apart of the team. I have recently joined the IAA and have signed up for my first bid calling competition in June. I look forward to many years of being apart of the IAA, and being an auctioneer.