Wednesday Night: Conference Opening Session!
Panel Discussion: Auction Setup Secrets for Success, Live and Online!
Chuck Ranney is a second-generation auctioneer who joined the auction business full time in 2004 with Miedema Auctioneering Inc. Starting as a setup manager, he moved into a full-time auctioneer and ringman. Chuck specializes in live auction events consisting of construction equipment, industrial equipment, farm equipment and real estate. Chuck has traveled across the U.S. providing critical leadership and management of many high-profile auctions, liquidating millions of dollars of assets. In 2017, he served as President of the Michigan Auctioneers Association.
Tim Narhi conducts live and online, onsite and consignment auctions offering marketing solutions for Real Estate, Business Liquidations, Construction and Farm Equipment, Estates and Fundraising Auctions. He is a past president and life member of the Michigan Auctioneers Association. He also holds the CAI, AARE and GPPA designations. Tim has been highly recognized by his peers and was inducted into the MAA Hall of Fame in 2010.
Art Smith started his auction career over 40 years ago in an April blizzard for his first auction. He specializes in Farm, Estate and Real Estate Auctions, hosting events with some of the biggest crowds you’ll ever see. Art and his team have a proven method of handling these crowds and the merchandise that attracted them, all while making it look easy and having fun in the process. Art is a past president of the Michigan Auctioneers Association and was inducted into the MAA Hall of Fame in 2007.
Brad Stoecker and his Epic Auctions team have conducted over 300 auctions in and around the Michigan area. Over his 20-year career, Brad has assisted other auctioneers with over 500 auctions around Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. He and his wife Rachel have created a niche in the specialty auction gallery market, holding specialty online auctions and managing large amounts of inventory in a limited space. He is the Past President and a Life Member of the Michigan Auctioneers Association. Brad is a Certified Michigan Auctioneer and holds the NAA CAI, AMM, AARE, CES and GPPA designations.
Craig Miller was introduced to auctions as a child by attending livestock and estate auctions with his family. Life took him in a different direction as he worked decades in the business world as a store manager for big box retail stores. His wife, Maureen, was busy operating successful consignment stores during this time. Customers began asking Maureen if she would do an estate sale. As the saying goes, ‘the rest is history’, and the Miller duo began conducting successful estate sales for many years. The Millers were looking to expand their estate sale company, so Craig pursued the auction business and attended Reppert Auction School. In just a few short years, the Millers experienced a mammoth amount of success in the auction industry, conducting over 500 online auctions. In 2023, Craig and Maureen sold their lucrative company. Officially, this dynamic duo is ‘retired’ from the auction business. Despite this, they both have a wealth of information to share and for the first time, Craig Miller will share many of his secrets to success with the Michigan Auctioneers Association.