Trisha Brauer, CAI, BAS
Taking Bids Benefit Auctions
Mission, Kansas
TUESDAY, June 13 * 8:30AM - 10:00 AM & 10:30 AM - Noon

Trisha Brauer conducts benefit and real estate auctions and has a ton of fun doing them.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree and also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales. She is a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Currently, Trisha is on the Board of Directors for the state of Kansas and completed a Board term in Iowa.  She is an active member of the NAA and is currently an instructor for the BAS Designation. In addition, she is an instructor at World Wide College of Auctioneering and has been a presenter at state and national conferences.  Outside of the auction industry, she is an accomplished Professor. She has been awarded “Professor of the Year” and has co-authored several  textbooks, the most recent one being published in September 2016.  She is happily married and she and her husband have two dogs.  In her free time, Trisha enjoys reading nonfiction about organized crime, traveling and writing.

Develop your Benefit Auction Business: In this session, take away tools and resources that will help you grow and expand your business. Understand how to find more clients, speak their language and negotiate successful contracts. 

I’d rather eat a bug than speak in public…Pointers for Handling Nerves:Speaking in front of five people or 500 can be nerve-wracking for almost anyone.  We’ve all heard techniques like “breath” and “practice” but the pointers delivered in this presentation take handling nerves when speaking in front of others to a new level. ​


Russell E. Lewis
Educator, Author, Collector 
Big Rapids, Michigan
TUESDAY, June 13 * 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Russell Lewis is a proven leader in law, education and private industry with management skills and experience as demonstrated by positions held as a college president, corporate president, academic dean, public defender, and owner of his own law practice for thirty-one years.  His leadership style is one of delegating authority and responsibility to others and working in a collegial relationship for problem solving.  He is a pleasant and effective leader, capable of making tough decisions when called upon, yet always treating colleagues with dignity and respect.   He is also researching patent, copyright and trademark issues related to the fishing tackle industry in American society and hopes to write a monograph on the subject.   

He has written twenty books on antiques and collectibles including Civil War Collectibles, Zippo Lighters, Duck Decoys, American Indian Artifacts, Game Calls, American Farm Collectibles, and Fishing Items.  He has written more books than anyone on fishing items.  He has been dealing in and collecting lures for over thirty years, as well as writing about them.  

Finding the Value in Grandpa’s Tackle Box:  A Beginners Guide to Fishing Collectibles & Lures
This seminar will cover the most collectible and likely most often found items at farm auctions, household auctions, estate auctions, etc.

TJ Freije, CAI
International Auctioneer Champion 2016
Clayton, Indiana
MONDAY, June 12 * 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Richard “TJ” Freije, CAI, the 2016 International Auctioneers Champion (IAC), is a third-generation auctioneer with two decades of experience and the president of Freije & Freije Auctioneers & Marketing LLC, based in Clayton, IN. He and his auctioneers manage and staff over 500 auctions per year. Freije specializes in automobile auctions (both wholesale and classic), motorsports, real estate and specialty auctions as well as benefits and charity galas. In addition to the 2016 IAC, Freije is the 2005 Indiana Auctioneer Champion and the 2014 World Automobile Auctioneer Team Champion.

The Advanced Auction Chant:
TJ thought his days as an auctioneer were over when he was diagnosed with Bells Palsy.  Come in early on Monday, June 12 to hear TJ’s story and the struggles he went through in the year before he won the International Auctioneer Championship.  Learn the tools and techniques to take your live auction skill set from a common call to championship caliber chant. Hear as Indiana, World and now Men’s International Auctioneer Champion, TJ Freije, CAI, will share with you the secrets to the sound that sells and more.