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Connie and Kurt Johnson

Our Award-Winning Team

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Col. Kurt Johnson, CAI, BAS, President, 2011 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer, 2011 inaugural recipient of the National Auctioneers Association Chuck Cumberlin Sportsmanship Award 

Kurt Johnson
  • Co-Founder and CFO of the Benefit Auction Institute
  • 2013 Co-Chair (with Connie Johnson), National Auctioneer Asssociation's Benefit Auction Summit--Rosemount, IL; 2012 Vice Chair, National Auctioneer Association's Benefit Auction Summit--Broomfield, CO; 2011 Committee and Presenter, National Auctioneer Association's Benefit Auction Summit--Baltimore, MD; 2010 Fun Auction Committee and co-emcee, National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show
  • 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010 Benefit Auction Panelist, National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show
  • 2011 Champion Auctioneer, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2011 Inaugural recipient, Chuck Cumberlin Sportsmanship Award, National Auctioneer Association's International Auctioneer Championship 
  • Minnesota’s first benefit auctioneer and instructor, specializing since 1993. Experience with hundreds of benefit auctions of many types, including galas, art auctions, wine dinners, golf tournaments, festivals, a-thons, online, and corporate motivational.
  • 27 years conducting Benefit Auctions
  • Featured in television commercials and in radio promotions; on WCCO TV, in Twin Cities Metro Magazine; and in cover story for the Winona State University Currents alumni magazine, Winter 2009-2010; 2008-2009, Columnist, The Auctioneer, a national magazine of the National Auctioneers Association; 1999-2008, Monthly Columnist, Auction World, a newspaper of the National Auctioneers Association
  • Frequent speaker and judge at state auctioneer associations across the country.
  • 2009 recipient, award recognizing 17 years of service to the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Legislative Committee
  • 2009 CAI (Certified Auctioneer Institute), National Auctioneers Association. Designed for leaders in the industry and auction firm decision-makers, the C.A.I. is an executive development program. Less than 5% of auctioneers nationwide hold the C.A.I. designation.
  • 2007 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • 2007 Invited by the National Auctioneers Association to develop the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist Certification
  • 2007-Present, Benefit Auction Instructor, World Wide College of Auctioneering; 2009 inductee, World Wide College of Auctioneering Hall of Champions/Hall of Fame; 1994-2006, Benefit Auction Instructor, Continental Auctioneer’s School
  • 2005 President, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • Member of: Minnesota, Iowa and National Auctioneers Associaions (Life Member NAA) 
  • Graduate, Continental College of Auctioneering
  • Toastmasters, C.T.M.
  • B. S., Winona State University: Paralegal


Connie J. M. Johnson, CAI Candidate, BAS,  Vice President and General Manager, Auction Consultant

Connie Johnson
  • 2018 CAI (Certified Auctioneer Institute) candidate, National Auctioneers Association. Designed for leaders in the industry and auction firm decision-makers, the C.A.I. is an executive development program. Less than 5% of auctioneers nationwide hold the C.A.I. designation.
  • Co-Founder and President of the Benefit Auction Institute
  • Panelist: 2015 Benefit Auction Summit; 2014 Women in the Auction Industry Summit
  • 2013 Co-Chair (with Kurt Johnson), National Auctioneer Association's Benefit Auction Summit--Rosemount, IL; 2012 Vice Chair, National Auctioneer Association's Benefit Auction Summit Committee--Broomfield, CO; 2011 Committee and Presenter, National Auctioneer Association's Benefit Auction Summit--Baltimore, MD; 2010 Fun Auction Committee and co-emcee, National Auctioneer Association's Conference and Show
  • Numerous Marketing Contest Awards: 2016 1st Place: Photograph--Benefit Auction, USA Today--National Auctioneer Association Marketing Contest; 2015 1st Place: Photograph--Professional, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association; 2014 2nd Place Photograph--Benefit Auction, USA Today--National Auctioneers Association Marketing Contest; 2014 1st Place Photograph--Professional and 1st Place Marketing Auction Specialty Items, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association; 2013 1st Place Photograph--Benefit Auction, USA Today--National Auctioneers Association Marketing Contest; 2013 1st Place Photograph--Professional, and 1st Place Photograph--In the Moment, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association; 2012 1st Place Photograph--Benefit Auction, USA Today--National Auctioneers Association Marketing Contest; 2011 and 2010 Photograph, 2nd Place Minnesota State Auctioneers Association; 2008 Web site, 1st Place, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association  
  • 2009 Established Woman Award, National Association of Woman Business Owners--Minnesota Chapter
  • 2009 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • Webmaster, www.kurtjohnsonauctioneering.com, Facebook and Twitter
  • 18 years managing Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc.
  • 33 years in communications and public relations; 29 years in special event planning; 13 years working in fundraising for nonprofits; experience on multiple Boards throughout the state
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • B.A., Public Relations; St. Mary’s University of Minnesota


Col. Hannah Johnson, Auctioneer, Bid Assistant Hannah Johnson
  • 2012 Scholarship Recipient, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2011-2012, National Communications Coordinator, University of Iowa Associated Residence Halls Board of Directors
  • 2011 and 2010 Contestant, International Junior Bid Calling Championship; 2011 and 2010 Contestant, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Rookie Bid Calling Championship 
  • Member: Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • 11 years assisting as bid assistant
  • A second generation auctioneer
  • B.A., Spanish and Economics, University of Iowa

 

 

Col. Austin Bachmann, 2012 Minnesota and North Dakota Champion Auctioneer


Austin Bachmann

  • 2012 Champion Auctioneer, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association; 2012 Merchandise Auctioneering Champion, North Dakota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2013-2015 and 2010-2013 Board Member, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2007 Rookie Champion Auctioneer, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 11 years conducting Benefit Auctions
  • A Second Generation full time Auctioneer
  • A.A., Minnesota State Community and Technical College: Sales, Marketing and Business Management
  • Member of: Minnesota, North Dakota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering





Col. Shareif Eisa, Auctioneer,
 BAS candidate

Shareif Eisa

  • 2013 Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • 2013 Certified Bilingual Auctioneer (English/Spanish), World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • 2 years conducting benefit auctions and assisting as bid assistant
  • Member of: Minnesota, Iowa and National Auctioneers Associations
  • First Generation Auctioneer
  • 11 years business management experience

Col. Jim Fahey, BAS,
2006 Hall of Fame, 1990 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer
Jim Fahey
  • 2009-Present Board, Minnesota State Auctioneer Foundation
  • 2009 award recognizing 17 years of service to the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Legislative Commitee
  • 2009, Charter Director, Minnesota State Auctioneers Foundation 
  • 2008 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation. 
  • 2006 Hall of Fame inductee, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association's highest honor, recognizing honesty; ethics; a willingness to share with others; high standards in the community and the association; significant contributions to the auction profession 
  • 35 years doing benefit auctions
  • A second generation, full time auctioneer  
  • 1990 Champion Auctioneer, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 1990 President, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • Member of: Minnesota, Wisconsin and National Auctioneer Associations 
  • Community Leadership Award: Southwest Minnesota Foundation/Blandin Foundation
 
 

Col. Oscar Guerrero, BAS,  Bilingual Auctioneer,
Bid Assistant

Oscar Guerrero

  • 2014 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • Bilingual, bicultural auctioneer (English/Spanish)
  • First generation auctioneer
  • 4 years doing benefit auctions and assisting as bid assistant
  • 2012 Graduate, 2012 Certified Bilingual Auctioneer, World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • Member: National Auctioneers Association
  • 1998 Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications (Western Illinois University); 1996 Certificate in English as a Second Language (Western Illinois University); 1982 B.A. Communication Sciences: Emphasis in Broadcasting and Public Relations (Technological Institute of Monterrey)
  • TV and radio broadcasting and video production (experienced in anchoring, reporting, camera work, narration, translation and voice-over for videos and packages from English to Spanish)


Col. Larry Kroshus, BAS, 2013 Hall of Fame, 1991 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer

Larry Kroshus
  • 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association's highest honor, recognizing honesty; ethics; a willingness to share with others; high standards in the community and the association; significant contributions to the auction profession 
  • 2009 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • 31 years doing benefit auctions
  • 1991 Champion Auctioneer, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association, 1991 Finalist, International Bid Calling Championship
  • 1991 President, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • A first generation auctioneer 
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • Licensed Minnesota Pharmacist
  • B. S. , North Dakota State University: Pharmacy

Col. Isaac Schultz, 2016 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer

Isaac Schultz
  • 2016 Bid Calling Champion, International Auctioneer Championship, National Auctioneers Association
  • 2016 Bid Calling Champion, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2012, 5th Place, Minnesota State Bid Calling Championship
  • 2011 Scholarship recipient, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2009 1st Runner Up, International Auctioneers Junior Bid Calling Championship, National Auctioneers Association
  • 4 years doing benefit auctions; six years assisting as bid assistant
  • Third generation auctioneer
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • B.S., Marketing, University of Northwestern


Col. Matthew Schultz, BAS, 2010 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer  Matthew Schultz
  • 2015, President, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2011-2014 Board member, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2010 16th Place, International Auctioneer Championship, National Auctioneers Association 
  • 2010 Bid Calling Champion, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2009 member: Young Professional Auctioneers (Advisory Committee to the President), National Auctioneers Association 
  • 2007 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • 2002 Rookie Bid Calling Champion, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 14 years doing benefit auctions
  • A second generation auctioneer
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations (Life Member of NAA) 
  • Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering
  • A.A., Minneapolis Drafting School


Col. Dave Thompson, BAS,
Auctioneer

 Dave Thompson

  • 2012-2016 Board member, Minnesota State Auctioneers Association
  • 2013 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • 2012, 4th Place, Minnesota State Auctioneer Association's Bid Calling Contest
  • 11 years doing benefit auctions
  • A first generation auctioneer
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • Graduate, Continental Auctioneers School
  • B.S., Mankato State University: Business Administration


Col. Liz Weatherhead, BAS, Auctioneer

Liz Weatherhead

  • 2014 BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), National Auctioneers Association. Less than 1% of auctioneers in North America have this specialized training and designation.
  • 3 years conducting benefit auctions and assisting as bid assistant
  • First Generation Auctioneer
  • Member of: Minnesota and National Auctioneers Associations
  • 16 years as a Corporate Trainer in Leadership, Communication, and Teambuilding for Fortune 500 companies
  • Keynote Speaker and Strategic Facilitator
  • Past Chair: Bloomington Public Schools Community Education Advisory Board; Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Board
  • Awards: 2000 Heart of the Young Child Award--Bloomington/Richfield Early Childhood Family Education Parent Advisory Council; 1999 Prodigy Award--Bloomington Public Schools; 1990 Proctor and Gamble Education Award
  • 2013 Graduate, World Wide College of Auctioneering

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“In the 15 years I’ve been involved with benefit auctions, I have not seen another auctioneer as gifted as Kurt Johnson. Because he’s the master of his trade, I’ve referred him to several nonprofits in the metro area and all of them have been thrilled with the results. Even the most skeptical become believers in the value of live auctions after they witness Kurt work his magic. You will not be disappointed when you hire Kurt Johnson as your auctioneer. Your guests will have more fun and your organization will make more money.”

--Mary Butler, Development and Special Event Consultant


“I would recommend Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. in a heartbeat.”

—Dave Johnson, National Lutheran Choir