Kurt Aumann is our President and the Chairman of our Board of Directors, positions he has held since our inception. He grew up in the auction industry and graduated from auction school in 1982. After graduation, Kurt joined Aumann Auctions Inc., located in Nokomis, Illinois. In 1995, Kurt was promoted to CEO and started the transition of the company from a small local firm to the current international concern that it is today. Kurt has an impressive depth of professional experience in asset classes of all types. He is a Life Member of the National and Illinois Auctioneers Associations and has held numerous leadership positions in that organization. He has instructed for Lincoln Land Community College, the Certified Auctioneers Institute at Indiana University as well as numerous seminars across the country. Kurt is actively involved in consulting with other industries about the auction profession. He was instrumental in the development of the online auction industry and has worked with several companies as a software development and performance consultant. Kurt is involved in several community efforts including serving as a director for the Bank of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Area Hospital and the Fusion Health & Fitness Board, a non-profit community fitness center. He is an avid reader and has written two books. He is married to Kelly and has three sons, three stepdaughters and enjoys numerous hobbies.
Kelly has been an auction aficionado for most of her life! As a former auctioneer in Mississippi she was the 2010 President of the Mississippi Auctioneers Association and 2 yrs as Vice-President of Mississippi Auctioneers Association. In 2008, she was voted one of Mississippi's Top 50 Business Women, running her own auction company, Blue Sky Auctions, LLC in Mississippi. She is proud to hold the CAI designation, the highest designation available to an auctioneer, and also hold the AARE designation, Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate and the CES designation, Certified Estate Specialist. Kelly is called on for special projects and uses her organizational skills to manage marketing campaigns, take care of legal issues and act as a liaison for the auction company with other professional services vendors. Kelly was an antique dealer for over 15 years and loves dealing with antiques and estates and is qualified to evaluate and develop marketing and promotional campaigns for antiques and other personal properties. Kelly is semi-retired and enjoys her grandchildren and gardening but is still an essential part of Aumann Auctions for special projects when needed.
Alex Fuselier is the Lead Project Manager for the Tractor Division of Aumann Auctions, Inc. He travels the country to meet with clients and organize the details of the auction catalog, manage marketing materials, and establish the logistics of auction day. Alex also works for MarkNet Alliance by providing technical support to members and assisting in the implementation of simulcast auctions. Alex and his wife Maurie and their two children have become Illinois' imports.
Tyson is an Effingham, Illinois native who is without question, a people person. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts of Humanities majoring in Public Relations with minors in Business Administration and Film Studies in 2009. Immediately after graduation he traveled to Los Angeles, CA to complete an internship with MGM Studios where he shadowed the VP of Development to refine a behind-the-scenes look at marketing within the entertainment industry. The rubber hit the road soon after as he joined Legacy Harley-Davidson as Communications Manager where he handled all marketing, promotions and event planning for the dealership. As opportunity presented itself, he moved into a Communications Director position at an Effingham, IL based, full-service marketing agency to service a wide variety of businesses in the surround area and beyond. With a diverse skillset and experience in a wide range of markets, he has landed himself in a very fitting role as Marketing Director here at Aumann Auctions, Inc. Tyson has been honored as Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Top 20 under 40 Community Leaders class of 2016 and participated on the Effingham Tourism Advisory Board from 2015 - 2018. He is a creative, progressive, forward-thinker who has never forgotten his roots. He has a love for classic cars and motorcycles, vintage toys, movies, music, comic books and would save every neglected animal if he could. Tyson and his wife Ulika reside in Effingham with their two dogs Jameson and Tripper.
Martien van der Zanden joined the Aumann Auctions team as the European Director in 2016, as Aumann Vintage Power established its presence in Europe. in his mid-twenties, while studying in the medical field, van der Zanden was a rider on the motocross circuit and a board member of the motocross club. Through the club, van der Zanden met a tractor collector and restorer, who infected him with the hobby. Martien soon became a collector himself, picking up an Italian-built 1924 Motomeccanica. He soon became a member of a club of tractor collectors and editor of the club magazine. Matien’s enthusiasm grew, and was soon shared and supported by his wife, Margot. As a team, their collection grew to include many nice tractors, European porcelain tractor signs, literature, antique spark plugs and beautifully designed memorabilia. As Martien and Margot’s travels and passion for collecting grew, the hobby soon took them to the States, where they met Kurt Aumann, and in 2001, Aumann Auctions held an auction of their outsized European porcelain tractor sign collection. The van der Zandens remained in contact with Aumann as the idea of introducing vintage power auctions to Europe simmered. In 2016, the time was right at last. Martien and Margot handle every aspect of Aumann Vintage Power’s operations in Europe, as they continue to introduce this new and successful method of buying and selling to vintage power enthusiasts.
Nelson Aumann graduated from Fort Smith Auction School in Fort Smith, Arkansas in July of 1962, and in 1983 he graduated from the NAA. He is a past president of the Illinois Sate Auctioneers Association. In 2004 Nelson was inducted into the Illinois Sate Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Nelson has a proven and impressive track record. He has conducted or worked over 5000 auctions in 36 states since 1962. Also, he has been on several NAA committees and in 2006 he was a judge for the NAA international bid calling contest. He is a realtor and holds the realtor GRI designation. His specialty is Real Estate Auctions.
Thomas has been an auction manager with us since 2012. He works all types of auctions from farmland sales, real estate, equipment, bankruptcies, fleet liquidations, and private estates. There is nothing he likes more than to help his customers accomplish their goals and solve their problems. Thomas was ISAA 2014 Ring Man of the year, he was chosen as a 40 under Forty candidate by the Springfield Business Journal, and is studying at the Certified Auctioneers Institute. He is an active member with the ISAA and NAA holding several positions. He resides in Springfield, IL with his family and is ready to help.
Terry's job description includes scheduling appraisal appointments, gathering data for and typing appraisals, listing and showing real estate properties and maintaining the Aumann Realty website and files. Terry and her husband are the parents of three children and currently have three amazing grandchildren in their lives. Her leisure time includes hanging out with family and friends, reading, playing trivia games, and enjoying the outdoors.
Ellen's friendly voice greets you when you call into the Aumann Auctions, Inc. offices. She helps bidders register to absentee bid and sign up for live, internet bidding. Also, Ellen tracks and answers the thousands of requests for brochures, catalogs and various other details. Ellen and her husband Terry reside in the Nokomis area and they enjoy attending St. Louis Cardinal games.
Jodi works hard to keep the office operations running smoothly. She works with auction managers to establish work crews and tend to auction day details. Jodi often works as cashier or staffs our information booth on auction day. She assists bidders and sellers throughout the auction process. Jodi is a member of the NAA and serves as an Ambassador for the state of Illinois members. Jodi resides in rural Nokomis with her husband Kris and their four sons, Kaden, Kolin, Kyle and Konnor. She enjoys time with her family & friends, traveling and concerts.
Roger worked for Mobil Chemical Company mainly in the Human Resources field and retired after 27 years with the company. He then spent 8 years in Service Management for a John Deere Dealership and GM Dealership before joining Aumann Auctions. Roger has been an avid collector of John Deere signs, literature, memorabilia and other antiques for over 30 years. Roger resides in rural Manchester, IL. on the family farm with his wife Melissa. He enjoys working on the family farm, attending flea markets, swap meets, auctions, spending time with his grown children Casey and Dalton, and cruising the country side on their Gator, John Deere 2 cylinder tractors & his vintage Harley Davidson.
Amy joined Aumann Auctions in 2019 as our Comptroller. She takes care of all of the financial aspects of Aumann Auctions. With a strong background in business bookkeeping and taxation, numbers are definitely her thing. She is a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2012. Prior to joining Aumann Auctions, she worked as a CPA in a public accounting firm for 7 years. Amy and her husband Zach reside in Vandalia, IL with their two young daughters, Cambree and Hazel. She enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.