Staff Members

Kurt Aumann, CAI, ATS, CES

CEO and President

Kurt Aumann grew up in the auction industry and graduated from auction school in 1982 at which time he became employed by Aumann Auction Inc. In 1995, he became Vice President and CEO of Aumann Auctions Inc., located in Nokomis, Illinois. He has also been a member of the National Auctioneers Association for over 16 years. Kurt has always been self employed in the auction industry but has been actively involved in consulting other industries about the auction profession for several years. He has consulted with several online auction companies regarding software development and performance. He has served as President of the Illinois State Auctioneers Association. He has also served on several boards including the National Auctioneers Association and currently sits on the National Auctioneer Association Education Institute. He has instructed at Lincoln Land Community College, the Certified Auctioneers Institute as well as numerous seminars and workshops across the country. Kurt is involved in several community efforts including serving on the Hillsboro Area Hospital Board and the Fusion Health & Fitness Board, a non-profit community fitness center. He is an avid reader and has written two books himself. He is a member of the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana Auctioneers Associations and conducts approximately 100 auctions per year.


Nelson Aumann, NAA, CAI, AARE, CES, GRI, Broker

Auction Manager

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.


Martien van der Zanden

European Market Specialist

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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.


Alex Fuselier CAI

Project Manager for the Tractor Division

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 reside in Mississippi.


Tyson Reed

Marketing Director

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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.


Jodi Reynolds CAI

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 Illinois. Jodi resides in rural Nokomis with her husband Kris and their four sons, Kaden, Kolin, Kyle and Konnor. She enjoys time with her family and traveling.


Thomas Walsh CAI

Auction Manager

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


Brent E. Adkins

Auction Site Director

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I am a 20 year Army veteran. I served as a diesel mechanic for 15 of those years before turning to more to the day to day running of a maintenance facility. Now that I have retired from that life I run my own custom baling business and preform many different tasks around Aumann Auctions, including working on any of the various tractors before sales. I am an avid collector of Case tractors and equipment, and occasionally a Massey Harris slips into my collection.
I am currently in my second term as the President of the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville Illinois. I also am secretary for the Massey Collectors of Illinois. When not on the road with Aumann’s or in Greenville you can find me at various antique tractor shows.


Ellen Crowe

Administrative Assistant

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.


Kelly Aumann,CAI,AARE,CES

Special Projects Coordinator

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.


Cody Nash

Auction Center

Cody is a face you'll definitely see when coming to an Aumann Auction. He works ground, sets up the sale and moves the tractors in their place for auction day. He always has a smile and is eager to talk to all of our clients and customers. His duties also include helping with the maintenance of the auction center and our buildings. Our presentation is very important to us and Cody's job is to ensure all that we present is at the level we wish to maintain.

He also enjoys finding a deal and making a deal. Him and his dad like to attend the picker's market to buy and sell. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends riding motorcylces or dirtbikes, concerts and watching the Chicago Cubs.


Casey Littrell

Assistant Auction Manager

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Casey was born and raised near Raymond, IL. He grew up rodeoing, farming, and ranching. Casey graduated with his Agri-Business degree from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. With an interest in agriculture and management, he joined the Aumann Auctions. Working at Aumann’s helps him stay in an agriculture environment that advocates for farmers and machinery enthusiasts.


Kristy Swearingen

Accountant

I am a native of Kansas City, MO, where my grandfather, and later my father, owned and operated a heavy equipment consignment auction company. From the age of 9, I grew up on the farm in Illinois where my step-father was raised. I experienced the typical farm life of walking the fields cutting out weeds, scooping out grain bins and caring for livestock. I credit that experience for my work ethic.
13 years ago, I co-founded a corporation and still currently own shares. My primary responsibility in that corporation was the accounting, although, as any business owner does, I wore many other hats.
I have earned two degrees. My 1st degree was a bachelors in psychology and my 2nd a masters in accounting. My position before coming to work for Aumann Auctions, Inc. was with a CPA firm in Springfield.
I have 2 children. Joseph is fast approaching 14 years old and Alex is not far from turning 2 years old.
I enjoy classic literature. My most recent favorites include War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov. I also enjoy jazz and classical music. Spending time outdoors working or playing with my boys brings me great joy.


Heather McNeill

Shipping Director

Heather has a strong customer service background with her past experiences as an Assistant Manager in a fast paced service industry. Heather will work on processing online only invoices and then preparing the items for shipping andor pickup.

Heather is a native and resident of Nokomis, IL. In her free time she stays busy as a mom of two boys.


Terry Brinkman

Appraisal AssistantReal Estate Agent

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.


Leif Zaidi

Shipper

Leif ZaidiShipper (Parcel Shipments) Leif prepares each and every parcel that ships from our auction center. He takes the care and attention to the detail in wrapping and protecting your purchases to ensure they arrive to you in the same condition you bought them in. Leif, his wife and their children reside in rural Witt.