For over 20 years, Wendy has worked at Curran Miller Auction/Realty, Inc., the family-owned and operated company founded by her Grandfather in 1936. Wendy earned her BA in Business for the University of Evansville in 1994. She holds an Indiana Real Estate Broker license and Auctioneer licenses in several states and she is a member of both the Indiana and National Auctioneers Associations. In 1995, Wendy and her father, Hugh Miller, worked together to develop a separate division of the company devoted to assisting non-profit organizations with fundraising auctions. Their efforts culminated in the development of CM Benefit Auctions, which has helped hundreds of clients around the country raise millions of dollars through fundraising auctions. Wendy has been the Vice President of CM Benefit Auctions since its creation and has also been awarded the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation. In addition to her many talents, she has been a speaker at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy Conference and authored "Fundraising Auctions: The Professional Approach," published in New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising.
For Hugh Miller, the auction business is a family tradition! In 1936, Hugh's father founded Curran Miller Auction/Realty, Inc. during the difficult years of the Great Depression. Years later, Hugh attended auction school at the age of 14. Today with help from his two daughters, Hugh owns and operates the family business that conducts over 150 auctions each year. Hugh has conducted major real estate and personal property auctions in 22 states and has presented educational seminars in over 30 states and Canada. Growing up and working on the family farm gave Hugh a unique appreciation of agricultural land. Although his company sells all types of real and personal property, selling farmland at auction is Hugh's specialty. Having developed the Freedom Tract Auction Method, an innovative computer and projection system designed to sell large tracts of land at auction, CMAR is a player on the national level. Recently, the Land Report ranked Curran Miller Auction/Realty, Inc. as one of the top 25 auction companies in the United States based on land sales. Since graduating from the Reppert School of Auctioneering, Hugh has dedicated his life to advancing the auction profession. He has served as President of both the Indiana and National Auctioneers Associations and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of both organizations. Although he has achieved so much in his auction career, Hugh considers contributing to the foundation of the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute to be one of his major accomplishments.
Meet Jake McGennis, an accomplished Auctioneer and Realtor who joined forces with Curran Miller Auction Realty, a reputable family-owned business established in 1936 and based in Evansville, IN. With a deep-rooted agricultural background stemming from his family farm in Posey County, IN, Jake brings a unique perspective to his work. Jake's expertise spans a wide range of real estate services, including listing homes, acting as a buyers' agent, facilitating land sales, handling estate transactions, and providing comprehensive evaluations. However, his true passion lies in making a positive impact on his community through his involvement in various non-profit organizations. Dedicated to giving back, Jake serves as a valuable member of the Posey County Fair Association Board, the Posey County Community Foundation Board, the Children's Learning Center of Posey County Board, and the Posey County Farm Bureau Board. Through these roles, he actively contributes to the betterment of his community. One of Jake's greatest joys comes from raising funds for non-profits through both online and live benefit auctions. Working closely with organizations, he offers consulting services to help improve their events and fundraising efforts. Witnessing the kindness and generosity of individuals during these benefit auctions brings immense joy to Jake's heart. A guiding principle that resonates deeply with Jake is "if something is worth doing, it's worth doing right." This motto permeates every aspect of his work, ensuring that each client, regardless of the scale of their needs, receives exceptional service and a positive experience. Jake McGennis is not only a skilled Auctioneer and Realtor but also a compassionate community advocate who continually strives to make a meaningful difference through his work. His dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence make him a valuable asset to anyone seeking real estate services or looking to support non-profit causes.
In 1995, Stephanie Miller-McKinney decided to join the family business after attending the University of Southern Indiana. Stephanie serves as both the Secretary and Treasurer of Curran Miller Auction/Realty, Inc. and has since 2001. She is the Marketing and Auction Coordinator as well as the Head Cashier and diligently strives to provide the best customer service around. It is sufficient to say that Stepanie will direct any of the intricate transactions handled by Curran Miller Auction/Realty, Inc.