To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
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!
Andy began auctioneering in 2002 after his completion of college. Even though he has only been an active auctioneer since 2002, that does not tell the whole story of his experience. Once Andy was old enough to walk from the auctioneer to the clerk table (without stopping to get something to eat), he was a clerk sheet runner. Over the years he began working in all capacities of the auction from clerking to cashiering, and from ringman to merchandise sorter. Once Andy started auctioneering in 2002, he began conducting sales of all types.
In 2003 Andy decided to go to get his real estate sales license. Once he completed the courses and testing, he hung his license with Reed Realty in Farmland, IN. Over the years, he has sold all types of real property through the office including residential, commercial, and bare land. A great opportunity arose in the summer of 2010 for Andy to purchase the business from Pam Edwards. He realized that this was his chance to work in the real estate and auction industry on a full time basis, so he jumped at the chance. He has some aggressive ideas for marketing and sales that he is looking forward to implementing. Even though the name has changed, you can still count on the same professional service from an established company. Outside of the office, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, Abby, and two children, Max and Cora. He also enjoys pulling draft horses with his father.
Peter D. Gehres, CAI, Auctioneer, CES is a Columbus, Ohio based Auctioneer, Realtor and Appraiser with Real Estate Showcase Auction Company. He is also a professional speaker and auction educator who teaches at The Ohio Auction School. Peter is a graduate of The Ohio State University, The Ohio Auction School and Hondros College. He currently serves as Vice President of the Ohio Auctioneers Association (OAA) and Trustee of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Educational Institute. He has earned the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) and Certified Estate Specialist (CES) Designations from the NAA. He is a member of the NAA, OAA, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan Auctioneers Associations. Auctioneering Awards include 2014 Midwest Roundup Champion, 2012 Michigan Ringman Champion, 2011 Indiana Champion Auctioneer, and 2010 Michigan State Auctioneer Champion.
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.
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.