As I reflect on this past convention, I cannot help but think about the time I spent mingling with other auctioneers that I am proud to call friends and family! I hope you all feel the same way. We had a great attendance, great contest, great speakers, and lots of great networking opportunities. As I mentioned at the banquet, I would like for each single one of us to reach out to an inactive member, or a potential new member, and persuade them to join us in 2024. Let’s slowly start building our membership back up and show others how as an association we can help each other to grow professionally as a team.
I know you’ve all heard me talk about mentors and what they mean to me. Honestly….my most memorable mentors (several who are members today) have merely led by example. We can all strive to be mentors to help build great auctioneers and a great association. The board is already strategizing topics and speakers for next year’s convention. If you have anything you would like to see implemented, please feel free to reach out to one of us to hopefully work some of those items into the lineup.
If you attended the conference this year, THANK YOU! And if you were unable to attend, please know that we missed you and we sure hope you will be able to join us again next year. It’s not too early to start planning, so please mark your calendar for June 13th-16th, 2024 in Frisco, Texas. It is sure to be a great time and I look forward to seeing you there.
Jarod Hamm, TAA President