To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
To advance the professional auction method of marketing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.