Connie J. M. Johnson recently completed a three-year
executive development program focused on business management, ethics, strategic
planning and marketing.
[St. Paul, MN] [March
28, 2018] – St. Paul auction professional, Connie Johnson of Kurt Johnson
Auctioneering, Inc., recently was awarded the prestigious Pat Massart
Scholarship during the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) at Indiana
University. CAI is the industry’s premier training program and top designation developed
by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) for auction professionals.
In 2008, CAI began
awarding the Pat Massart Scholarship to the person from CAI’s graduating class,
chosen via secret ballot by his/her peers as the outstanding leader of their
class. The amount of the scholarship award is the amount that Johnson paid for
her CAI III tuition. She plans to donate her scholarship back to the National
Auctioneers Association to be given to a first generation auctioneer accepted
to attend CAI in the future.
honors Pat Massart, a woman who was passionate about the CAI program, the National
Auctioneers Foundation Board, and the NAA Education Institute Trustees. Pat
graduated CAI in 1988. She died in 2009 following a courageous battle with
Johnson shared, “When
my name was called during graduation, I had my camera ready to capture the
classmate who was chosen. I literally sat in shock for a moment and my world
started moving in slow motion. …I’m not sure what’s greater, to receive an
award named after someone so adored and missed within my industry, or to be
chosen by my powerhouse classmates (44 strong)—a room full of
natural-born leaders. This is the honor of my professional career and I am so
incredibly grateful for it.”
The three-year CAI designation program provides auction professionals
the opportunity to earn the industry’s most respected professional designation.
CAI is an intensive, executive development program offering professional
auctioneers with instruction and coursework in business management, ethics,
finance, communication, strategic planning and marketing. The NAA conducts CAI
every March at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Johnson is the Vice President and General Manager of
Kurt Johnson Auctioneering and the President of Benefit Auction Institute. She
has also earned her BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist) designation from the
National Auctioneers Association as well as her B.A. in Public Relations from
St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. She resides in St. Paul with her husgand, Kurt. To learn more about Johnson, please call (651) 407-9922, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit either www.kurtjohnsonauctioneering.com or www.benefitauctioninstitute.com.
For more information
about CAI, its history and its standing as the premiere training program for
auction professionals, contact the NAA at (913) 541-8084 or visit
About Kurt Johnson
Auctioneering, Inc. and the Benefit Auction Institute
Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. provides premier
benefit and corporate motivational auction services nationwide. With 29 years’
experience and over 2,400 auctions to its credit, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering,
Inc. has raised more than $155 million for nonprofit organizations.
Auction Institute, the sister company of Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc.,
exists to provide nonprofit fund raising professionals with the tips,
tools and talent needed to leverage their charity and benefit auction events to
their most successful outcomes.
About the National Auctioneers
Auctioneers Association, founded in 1949, represents thousands of Auctioneers
from the U.S. and across the world. The mission of the NAA is to provide
critical resources to auction professionals that will enhance their skills and
successes. The NAA’s headquarters are in Overland Park, KS. To learn more about
the auction method of marketing or to access the Auctioneers database to find
an NAA auction professional in your area, please visit www.auctioneers.org.
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