We would like to introduce you to February 2017 World Wide College of Auctioneering Graduate Nathan Glessner. Nathan attended auction school in 2017 and was a great addition to his class. He showed up with a smile and worked hard every day. If auction school is a bucket list item for you, Nathan may offer insight as to why it should be taken off of your bucket list.
Why did you decide to attend World Wide College of Auctioneering?
I chose to attend because it could not have been more recommended to me. Even auctioneers that did not attend this school were telling me how vastly superior World Wide was over all the other schools. They wished they had went there at the beginning of their careers.
What one thing surprised you the most about auction school?
What surprised me the most about auction school is what was included in the welcome package. Upon registering for World Wide, I was sent an introductory practice CD. I had experience selling and had developed my own chant before attending. Because of the CD, I was worried that World Wide would be set on making all the students sound the same, thus allowing for no personal differences in styles. This couldn't have been further from the truth. Yes, there is a general consensus of how World Wide teaches the auctioneering chant, but the instructors provided guidance and tips based on the individual.
What state do you live in?
How many auctions have you attended this year?
Including working them, I have attended approximately 55 auctions this past year.
Tell us about your family.
I live with my wife Amy in Paola, Kansas.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I have always wanted to live in the San Diego, CA area. I could care less about the ocean, but the climate seems to be perfect for me.
Tell us about one "aha" moment while attending auction school.
My "aha" moment came from instructor Jim Seeck. He is known as the Carnival Glass Auctioneer. He became that by specializing in what he knew best. I realized that everyone has something that they know very well. You don't have to know a little or a lot about everything, if you know everything about something.
Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you each day?
I don't live by a quote necessarily but by more of a thought process. I tend to not worry about anything, because things always seem to work out for me. The more positive thinking you do and surround yourself with, the more positive things you will have happen in your life.
How many siblings do you have?
I have three siblings. My sister Taylor is 29, and I have twin brothers that are 19.
Do you have a favorite auction company? If so, which one and why?
My favorite auction company has always been Griffin Auctions in Ottawa, KS. Buddy Griffin gave me my first opportunity to work with his company back in 2000. I had been attending the Kansas Auctioneers Conventions for many years with my Grandparents. My Grandfather, Dub Barnes, was an auctioneer and passed away in 1995 and then was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2000. Only two months later, Buddy asked me to help setup an auction but I hung out running sheets the rest of the day. He called me the next week because he wanted me at every auction. Buddy retired this last year but I will never forget how I got my start in this industry because of him. I am still amazed by how running sheets at one auction has turned in to making auctioneering my full time career.