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.
Curran Miller's newest Auctioneer and REALTOR Jake McGennis, a Posey County native, grew up on his family's row crop and livestock farm. Having those values instilled at a young age, he received a degree in Agricultural Business from Wabash Valley College. Afterward working for Dow AgroSciences corn hybrid research, where he assisted in the development of new drought and stress-tolerant corn hybrids. Also at Dow, he was the Southern Indiana sales lead for the research site, where he worked with growers from the tri-state to educate new methods and introduce newly developed hybrids. Jake brings to the team his agricultural background, real estate expertise, drive, and family values and is a great addition to our team!
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.