2020 Speaker Bios
Junior Staggs, CAI, Puryear, TN
Junior is a first-generation auctioneer and 2007 graduate of Nashville Auction School, where he served as class president. He is a 2016 Graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute, the highest Professional Designation attainable by auctioneers. Junior is an active member of the Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Arkansas, and National Auctioneers Association. Junior has served as the NAA State Ambassador for Tennessee, as a Board Member for the TAA and is the current Chaplain for the FCAI in Tennessee. Junior is also a 7 Time Champion Auctioneer, Owner of The Auctioneer Print and The Bid Calling Boot Camp. Junior makes his home on a small 30-acre farm in Puryear, Tennessee with his wife Katie and 3 girls Savannah Kate, Sophie Beth and Scarlett Rose.
John Schultz, AMM Grafe Auction Co., Spring Valley, MN
As a 20-year auction veteran John has experienced firsthand the impact changing consumer trends have in the auction industry. John leverages this experience on a daily basis as the Chief Marketing and Technology Officer for Grafe Auction, a Minnesota based commercial and industrial auction company. In this role, he specializes in maximizing prices through the use of data-driven, predictive marketing campaigns that appeal to a wide range of consumers. In addition, John is one of the lead instructors for the National Auctioneers Association of the premier auction marketing designation Auction Marketing Management. John's service to the auction industry includes serving as the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association 60th President in 2009, and Charter President of the Minnesota State Auctioneers Foundation. He is also the 2009 recipient of Golden Gavel Award for outstanding service to the auction industry.
Kris Kennedy, Manager, Auction Flex
Kris Kennedy is an accredited technology instructor with 17 years of auction industry experience. He has helped businesses develop and reach new customer bases for both traditional in-person auctions as well as online auctions. He is the manager of Auction Flex, the leading auction management software in the traditional and online auction industry. As such he has worked with every type of auctioneer selling every type of item. It is the love of puzzle-solving that keeps him going in this ever-evolving industry.
Michaela Wallace, Sales Representative, Auction Time
Michaela is the sales representative for AuctionTime, EquipmentFacts, TractorHouse, Machinery Trader and TruckPaper – covering Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. AuctionTime and EquipmentFacts are premier marketing platforms for online and simulcast sales. Born and raised in rural NE, she knows her way around the farm and a tractor. With over 10 years of experience in the auction industry, she can help you with all of your heavy equipment, trucks and ag needs.