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Cooper returns, Schlegel new customer service manager

Fri., Apr. 20, 2012 - 12 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

We’ve recently made a couple of personnel changes at Purple Wave headquarters in Manhattan.

Michael Schlegel

Michael Schlegel named customer service manager
Schlegel joined Purple Wave in 2007 as an accounting associate and was promoted to our human resources manager in June 2009. In his new position as customer service manager, Michael will have oversight of the daily operations of our customer service team, as well as responsibilities with new associate training and development. Michael has a degree in financial planning from Kansas State University and has previous customer service experience. Michael’s skills and experiences will be a valuable addition to our customer service team as we continue to provide unmatched service and support to our bidders, buyers and sellers.

Tiffany Cooper

Tiffany Cooper returns as executive assistant and project manager
Tiffany Cooper was an accounting associate at Purple Wave in 2010. In 2011 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as executive advisory operations analyst under the Corporate Leadership Council at the Corporate Executive Board Co., where she gained valuable experience in compliance policy improvement and team coordination. She recently returned to Kansas to be closer to family. In her new role, Tiffany will provide administrative and project management support for Purple Wave’s executive team and we are excited to get her back.

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John Belger Construction Company retirement auction

Tue., Apr. 17, 2012 - 4 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Tuesday, April 24, Purple Wave will be conducting a retirement auction for the John Belger Construction Company, a very well known and respected construction contractor in the Kansas City area. I’m going to speak with John Belger about this event and the equipment in it. Good morning, John, and thanks for joining me.

John Belger: Good morning, Aaron. I’m glad to be here.

AT: Let’s say I’m a prospective bidder from outside the area who may not be familiar with John Belger Construction. Tell me about your company. How long have you been in business and what kinds of construction projects did you complete?

John Belger Construction Company retirement auction flyer

Auction flyer

JB: Aaron, we’ve been in business since 1981. We started out as a small driveway, manhole, pour-in-place contractor and developed into more of an excavating, stormwater, bridge contractor over the years. One thing just kind of led to another and got us involved in a lot of different kind of work. We were very fortunate to work for a lot of good folks. We had some great people working for us that were very responsible and took good care of our equipment. We’ve decided to pursue some other options as far as working goes and we decided to liquidate our construction equipment. We want everyone to know that we have well-maintained, very good, low-houred equipment available that’s ready to work. We have all the service records. Any kind of questions anybody would have about the equipment – we would be happy to answer any questions.

Well, John, the selection of the auction firm to conduct your retirement auction must have been a very big decision for you. Why, in the end, did you elect to use Purple Wave?

It was a very big decision. You know, it was a hard decision to make the call in the first place, especially when it comes to liquidating the equipment. We had some other options available but we felt like Purple Wave was actually better for our selling situation and we feel very comfortable with the folks we’ve been dealing with. They’re very honest. They work hard. That’s kind of the way we always tried to do our business, so we’re a good match.

2004 Komatsu PC400LC-7L excavator

2004 Komatsu PC400LC-7L excavator

Right now, John, we’re at 101 items listed for this auction – and I’m told that’s a complete inventory – which is certainly not the highest piece-count event we’ve conducted, but from what I hear from our district managers Jeff and Richard who’ve seen it, it’s an auction of perhaps some of the highest quality and best-maintained used equipment that we’ve seen. You mentioned a moment ago about it being low-houred and having some service records. What are some other comments that you might make about the condition of your equipment in this auction?

Well, Aaron, we always tried to find the best brand of equipment for what we were doing the work for, and we have got quite a conglomeration of different brands of equipment, but we felt like we were always buying the best. We were versatile. We tried to do all the work ourselves. We did the digging, we did the pouring of the concrete, the backhoeing and such. That’s kind of why you’ll find that this equipment is pretty low-houred due to the fact that we did all the procedures of the job and that’s why there were a lot of times the equipment sat, but we needed it to finish the jobs and what have you. We have some very well maintained – the guys were very good at keeping the equipment as it should be and very responsible. Folks that are looking for some good, strong equipment – we’ve got it out here for you.

You’ve got several nice excavatorsin this auction. Tell me about each of those and then talk a little about the rest of the inventory.

2007 Komatsu PC200LC-8 excavator

2007 Komatsu PC200LC-8 excavator

We bought a PC400 at the end of 2004. Actually, it didn’t go into service until 2005. RoadBuilders Machinery Company set that machine up for us and we tried to make sure that it was plumbed and the auto lube’s on it. At the time, when we purchased the machine, we did not purchase the hammer with it. We purchased it in 2006 – a GH18 12000 energy force breaker that has very little use on it. We tried to set the equipment up to where it would be available and ready for anything that came down the line. We have the JRB coupler on it. It’s a very nice unit, just shy of 1500 hours, ready to go – I’d consider the undercarriage great. Two years later, we updated the 200 to a PC200-8. We basically had him set it up the same way. We put a hydraulic, four-tine progressive thumb on that machine, a Lincoln auto lube, hammer kit – basically set it up the same way. Each machine has two buckets with it; they’ll sell separately. Then we go down to our smaller mini-excavator, the Takeuchi, set up with two buckets, couplers, hydraulic thumb. Skid steer loaders – we have a Cat skid steer loader with most every available option. Ride control, two-speed, hydraulic quick coupler, cab heat and air – a very nice unit. It just goes down from there to the pickup, dump truck, trailer, small equipment, a lot of good small equipment. We took care of our small equipment just as much as we did our big equipment and everything’s ready to go.

2006 Takeuchi TB145 compact excavator

2006 Takeuchi TB145 compact excavator

It sure looks like a great inventory, John. What does a serious, prospective bidder need to do to come and take a look at this equipment before placing a bid?

Well, anybody’s welcome to come at any time if they could just call the number on the Net, there, but my cell number – you could call it any time, we could make arrangements. We actually have an open house on the Monday before the sale from noon to 7 o’clock in the evening and everybody’s more than welcome to come and visit and look things over and get ready for the bids.

Sounds great, and we’re also going to have some Purple Wave personnel at that open house as well to answer any questions about the auction process and to be able to register any bidders who may have questions about that process. Again, that open house is Monday, April 23, from noon to 7. John, let’s say I’m a winning bidder, and after I’ve paid for my purchases, what then do I need to do to arrange load-out? What’s the time frame that I need to operate under and what kind of assistance might be available for me?

1998 Ford Louisville L8501 dump truck

1998 Ford Louisville L8501 dump truck

Well, we actually own the property, so there’s not a big push for the removal of it. I’m sure everybody wants to get their equipment as soon as possible, and we’ll have equipment there to help or assist any way we can. Purple Wave will have a Machinery Link operation there for people needing lowboy bids. I’m sure that they’ll do a good job of giving you a price on getting your equipment to where you need it to be. We’ll do everything we can to help. We’d like to have – having the equipment out within a week or two of the end of the sale would work best for us.

It would probably work best for you if winning bidders gave you a call to let you know when they’re going to be there to pick it up.

It would be much appreciated.

Caterpillar 272C skid steer

Caterpillar 272C skid steer

John, is there anything else you’d like to say or mention about this auction?

Like I said before, we appreciate all the people that we’ve worked for and all the people that’s worked for John Belger Construction Company. We appreciate Purple Wave helping us distribute this equipment in the end, and we can’t say how much.

I’ve been speaking with John Belger, owner of the John Belger Construction Company. Thanks, John, for joining me.

Thank you very much, Aaron.

Bidding for the John Belger Construction Company retirement auction is open now and will close Tuesday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be an open inspection on the day before the auction, Monday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m. Inspection is also available by appointment with John. His contact information is listed on the auction details page at Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting, so view the complete inventory and place your bids now at

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Jeremy Reid becomes auction specialist

Thu., Apr. 12, 2012 - 5 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas: Hello this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. Today, I’m going to speak with Purple Wave’s newest auction specialist, Jeremy Reid. Hi, Jeremy, and thanks for joining me.

Jeremy Reid

Jeremy Reid

Jeremy Reid: It’s a pleasure to be here, Traffas.

AT: You’ve actually been working for Purple Wave for quite a while in a customer service capacity, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but, first, tell me about yourself. Where did you grow up and what did you do before joining the firm?

JR: Well, Traffas, I graduated from Winfield High School which is down in south central Kansas. Both of my folks still live and reside in that area, so I guess that’s what I’d call home. In terms of what I did before joining the firm, to pay the bills while I was at Kansas State University I served many roles with the Dillons grocery store industry, working at three of their different stores and ultimately serving as a customer service manager before accepting my position with Purple Wave.

Tell me about your experiences working with York for the last three years working in the customer service department.

Well, serving as an issue resolution specialist, my primary day-to-day tasks were to identify, mediate and resolve a veriety of issues throughout the lifecycle of our auctions, both pre-, current- and post-auction. These would include collaborating internally with several of the job functions within the offices, as well as communicating externally with all of our various customer segments – our buyers, our sellers, our bidders, our contacts, etc.

You recently changed positions to an auction specialist. We haven’t yet really discussed the difference between an auction specialist and a territory manager on our podcast series. Talk about your new roles and responsibilities and describe the area you’ll be covering. What’s an average day for you?

Well, the two positions are really one and the same in regards to the daily job tasks. Both include a lot of client relationship building in addition to our data capture and submission roles for all the listings you see live and active on Purple Wave. The main difference between the auction specialist and the territory managers is my ability to be very mobile to a large geographic footprint. Predominantly, I’m going to be in the north central and south central parts of Kansas, but at times I will be stretching the footprint of the company for some deals that we’ll be booking on the outskirts reaching towards both coasts and towards Canada and Mexico.

So why the change?

Well, after having been with the company for, as you stated, three years now, I’ve been in a role there that’s predominantly been buyer-focused and directed towards the post-auction process. I have a lot of intrigue to have the ability to experience more time with our sellers and the pre-auction process. Ultimately, that led to my decision. Down the line, I feel that seeing things from both sides of the coin – walking in both pairs of shoes – should lead to continued advances in our service offering.

So, what you’re saying, is your familiarity with some of the more common issues that may arise post-auction may help lead you to be pro-active and prevent those from happening in the first place.

I couldn’t have said it better myself, Traffas.

Tell me about some of your personal interests. I know you’re a rabid K-State fan. What kind of stuff do you like to do in your spare time?

Well you hit the nail on the head there. I’ve been born and bred a Kansas State University supporter – purple and white all throughout my wardrobe. When I’m not supporting the Cats, I do enjoy live music. I’ll give any genre a chance. Above all else, in terms of physical activity, I like to see myself in a pair of skis – first snow, then water, but really, in the end, they’re both one and the same.

I’ve been speaking with Jeremy Reid, Purple Wave’s new auction specialist. Thanks again, Jeremy, for joining me today.

I’m glad to be here.

Find Jeremy on the web at Contact him at or call 785.341.9970.

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Lender remarketing considerations

Wed., Apr. 11, 2012 - 3 pm | Dave Sommers, AARE, PRI

Experienced lenders repeatedly share with me their philosophy in remarketing collateral. To sum up their message in a succinct paraphrase, they desire to effectively and efficiently conduct a commercially reasonable sale, as holding costs quickly erode recovery dollars.

Holding costs add up faster than many realize, and here are several other aspects for consideration.

Equipment, especially when not in use, does not typically become more valuable with time.

Where could the recovery money or reserves be used elsewhere?

Sell well and efficiently. Hire a professional remarketer to free your time.

Get the issue off your desk, heed lessons learned, sleep well and move on.

Carrying costs
Insurance, storage fees, maintenance, pilfering and other costs add up quickly.

Transportation fees
Moving assets is costly and always involves a chance of damage. If possible, sell equipment where it sits.

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Considerations and pitfalls for turning used inventory into cash with auctions

Thu., Mar. 15, 2012 - 7 am | Andy Artley

Successful dealership models tend to embrace quicker inventory turns, minimize floor plans costs, and keep sales staff engaged. A case can be made to occasionally use an auction format to complement your business. There are some really effective ways to incorporate an auction into a retail business model that will not only remarket stale inventory, but jump start some additional sales without disturbing a normal transaction cycle. As you do your homework and gather information, here are a few points to consider when looking for an auction company.

Pick an auction company that isn’t going to try to compete with your dealership.
Auction sellers should want the auction company to be acting as the seller’s agent because of the duties and obligations it places on the auction company. The retail transaction, the promotion of your business and the longevity of your business are more important than any other agenda the auction company may have. You, not the auction company, are the principal retailer of your product. They are conducting an auction for your business, not the other way around.

Know the difference between unreserved and reserved auctions.
Quite simply, if you are considering a reserved auction, don’t. Reserved auctions will do nothing for moving inventory and will potentially damage customer relations. Auction transparency has advanced so drastically in recent years that if reserve prices are even suspected, the really good auction buyers will not participate and your recoveries will be dismal. If you are considering a reserved auction, you would be better served to drastically mark down the inventory and run it through conventional retail means.

Know the difference between an Internet auction company and a live auction company.
Until recently, live auctions were the only standard. But with the advance of technologies and how our customers buy, sell and communicate Internet only or “timed auctions” can be just as effective. However, don’t be fooled. Throwing your assets up on the Internet does not mean automatic success. The Internet-based company still needs to be a full-service auction company that understands the idiosyncrasies of bidders, buyers and potential auction pitfalls. There are pros and cons on both, but ultimately you need to choose an online venue that will not be intrusive and will complement your business model.

Understand the fees and returns.
Low fees don’t necessarily mean the best return, nor do high fees always mean great service. Some auction companies charge set up fees, advertising fees, inspection fees, transport fees and make-ready fees. These extra fees can really eat up what you thought you were going to keep. Be cautious and make sure the fee schedule is set within the contractual agreement that you sign before the auction takes place.

Questions need to be asked.

  • What fees are involved?
  • How and where is the advertising placed?
  • How are the assets marketed?
  • Will my dealership be promoted as well as the auction?
  • Will prospective leads and buyer information be shared with me?
  • How are collections, administration and issues handled as they arise?
  • When are auction proceeds paid out?
  • Are ancillary non-auction sales promoted or restricted?
  • Can the auction company provide relevant references?
  • Will the assets be appraised and discussed before the agreement is signed?
  • Is there a guarantee on results?

Be cautious of guarantees.
Guarantees sound nice, as they imply that a fail-safe is in place if the auction should fail. However, not all guarantees are equal. Some are gross guarantees, some are net guarantees, while others are just old fashioned reserves masked to sound appealing. In most cases, guarantees come with a higher commission rate charged to your assets and have to be diligently scrutinized as these additional fees can have a significant impact on your bottom line. If a guarantee is considered, it is important that the auction company clearly and effectively explain its guarantee contract language to you.

Sign an agreement of understanding.
A quality auction company will always offer an auction contract that is mutually agreed upon by all parties. This contract will protect your business if a discrepancy arises.

Pick an auction company with whom you enjoy working.
Promoting your dealership through an auction process must be a partnership and filled with good energy. Pick personalities that will complement your sales force. The highest results are achieved with a positive collaboration between your organization and the auction company.

In summary, there are some very good auction companies that have come a long way in understanding the retail sales model and are fantastic marketers. Make it a priority to interview these candidates and see if there is a fit. I wish you financial success in all of your endeavors!

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See us at the Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of Instruction

Wed., Mar. 14, 2012 - 6 am | Scott Wiese

Andy Artley and I will be in Iowa tomorrow at the Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of Instruction at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa State Association of Counties Spring School of InstructionISAC‘s mission is to promote effective and responsible county government for the people of Iowa. ISAC’s vision is to be the principal, authoritative source of representation, information and services for and about county government in Iowa.

This annual meeting held in March is the association’s business meeting and will feature education and vendor exhibits. We’ll be in the exhibit hall all day tomorrow, Thursday, March 15. Stop by and see us at booth 22 and ask us how we can provide solutions for managing surplus equipment.

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March 28 ag equipment auction

Tue., Mar. 13, 2012 - 2 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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March 28 ag auction flyer

Aaron Traffas: Hello, this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. On Wednesday, March 28, Purple Wave will conduct an auction of ag equipment for many sellers in several Midwestern states. I’m going to speak with Joe Frusher, Purple Wave’s territory manager for southwestern Kansas and parts of eastern Colorado, about one of the larger consignments in this auction. Hi, Joe, and thanks for joining me.

Joe Frusher: Good morning, Traffas.

AT: We have over 40 different sellers in the March 28 ag auction including one from your neck of the woods in southwestern Kansas. What can you tell me about Gere’s.

JF: Gere’s is a local company here in Garden City. Hi Gere is the owner and he actually has two business, a large trucking company and a packing business. Unfortunately, with the loss of his father, he’s decided to have to make the hard decision which business to keep. He had some great opportunities in the trucking business so he’s selling out from the packing side of his business.

Why did Mr. Gere elect to use Purple Wave and did he consider any other means?

Yes he did. Probably the main reason he decided to use Purple Wave is, with the size of these tractors, he wanted to reach more of a global market and not just here in southwestern Kansas where he probably wouldn’t get the best price for tractors of this size.

Let’s dig in to the inventory, Joe. What can you tell me about these tractors?

2009 John Deere 9630

Well the biggest tractor – we’ve got a 2009 John Deere 9630. It’s got about 4000 hours on it. It’s a really big tractor – really nice. It has a powershift transmission. All these tractors, they were serviced right here in Garden City at the local John Deere dealership. I’ve personally driven every tractor and they seem really clean and ready to do any job you might have for them.

Are all their items at the same place and what does a prospective bidder need to do to inspect any of these tractors before placing a bid?

Yeah, all these units are located here at the same spot here in Garden City at Gere’s. All you have to do is go online and there’ll be some information on who to contact and you can set up a time to come out any time to take a look at those tractors.

Joe, is there anything else you want to tell us about this consignment or the auction itself?

If you’re in the market for a nice Peterbilt or a nice silage truck, we have a couple of silage trucks and an Aeroswint side dump silage box also to be coming up. So, definitely, if you’re looking for a good silage truck, this would be an auction to look at.

Joe Frusher

I’ve been speaking with Joe Frusher about one of the consignments in the March 28 ag equipment auction. Find Joe on the web at or call 785.341.9158. Thanks, Joe, for joining me.

Thank you.

Bidding for the ag equipment auction is open now and will close Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. central. Like all Purple Wave auctions, there are no reserves or minimum bids. Items receiving bids in the last few minutes will be automatically extended to give everyone a fair chance to bid. There’s no advantage to waiting. Remember, today we discussed but one of over 40 different consignments of quality ag equipment in this event, so view the complete inventory with inspection information – and place your bids now – at

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Kansas Department of Transportation to sell tractors, trucks, other surplus assets in Purple Wave Internet auction

Wed., Mar. 7, 2012 - 3 pm | press release

MANHATTAN, Kan. (March 7, 2012) – The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is liquidating more than 560 surplus assets  including backhoes, tractors, pickup trucks and dump trucks, among others. Manhattan-based Purple Wave is selling the items in an Internet auction that ends at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13. Bidding is currently under way at

KDOT has used Purple Wave to auction assets numerous times since 2008, resulting in $3.13 million in proceeds for the agency.

“Bidders have responded well to previous KDOT auctions, resulting in the return of significant dollars to the agency. Bidders can view photos of each asset, read a detailed description, and learn about personal inspection opportunities on our auction website. After the auction, the final prices are published. This transparency gives people the confidence to bid,” said Jerrod Westfahl, Purple Wave’s chief executive officer.

The auction will include at least 92 pickup trucks, 32 dump trucks, 19 tractors, and scores of other pieces of machinery previously used for state road construction and maintenance.

“All items are selling where they sit, so KDOT doesn’t have to spend taxpayer dollars transporting items to and from an auction site,” said Westfahl. “This also adds to the convenience for bidders around the state, who can inspect items in their area without traveling to a central location.”

Items are on display in Norton, Almena, Chanute, Garden City, Hutchinson, Salina, Topeka and Ulysses. Details of exact items and locations are available at, where individuals may also place bids.

Purple Wave currently delivers complete auction services as the on-call service provider for all state agencies, school districts, townships, counties, cities and others. “It’s a true honor to serve the Kansas taxpayers. As we have demonstrated the effectiveness of our auction services, we have had opportunities to provide similar services to agencies in Iowa, Missouri and other states,” said Westfahl.

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Mike Saxton is new Iowa territory manager

Thu., Mar. 1, 2012 - 9 pm | Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Hello this is Aaron Traffas with Purple Wave. Today, I’m going to speak with Purple Wave’s newest territory manager, Mike Saxton from Urbandale, IA. Hi, Mike, and thanks for joining me.

Mike Saxton

Mike Saxton

Hi, Aaron. Thanks for the call. I appreciate it.

Begin by speaking to your background. Have you always lived in Urbandale?

I’m about a 20 year resident of Urbandale. I was born and raised up until the age of 16 in Creston, Iowa, in southwest Iowa. I moved to Urbandale, Iowa, for my senior year in high school and I ended up marrying my childhood sweetheart, who is a lifelong Urbandale resident.

I understand you have experience in both the construction industry as well as the auction industry. What has your business background been so far?

Actually, I’ve got extensive experience in both  the construction equipment and heavy industrial segments. I started out with my father operating a small dirt spread, or helping him operate a small dirt spread, for approximately seven years. After his early passing, I spent approximately the next seven years of my life as a service mechanic and service manager. I always wanted to move into sales in construction and in industrial equipment. I started my sales career with Graham Equipment Company several years back and spent the next approximately 17 years in the construction equipment dealer sales representative category working for several dealers over that time. My last position in a sales capacity for a construction equipment dealership was VP of sales where I had about a four-year experience in that regard. I actually got into the auction industry in 1999 with a large auction company and spent a little over a decade with those people. After leaving the large auction company in 1999, I have done extensive contract work and worked for several various auction companies for short amounts of time. I’m very excited to be with Purple Wave auction company, a very dynamic, young, aggressive company. My assignment with Purple Wave will be central and eastern Iowa and I look forward to getting started.

Mike, what was it that made you want to be a part of Purple Wave and how do you feel about it so far?

Oh, I’m very enthused to be associated with Purple Wave auctions. I absolutely subscribe to the unreserved auction method which is tantamount to this organization. We operate in a very transparent, simple method which we know, without question, offers a potential consigner a great amount of benefit.

You’ve been on the ground at our Manhattan, Kan., headquarters for the last several days. Tell me about your experience and impression of the crew so far?

Oh, I couldn’t be more pleased or happy. It’s just a great group of individuals willing to help anyone with any project at any time – just a tremendous group – great group of people. I could not be more pleased.

Mike Saxton's Iowa territory

Mike Saxton’s Iowa territory

You mentioned your going to be covering the better part of Iowa, as far as your territory. Tell me about your role and responsibilities. What’s going to be an average day for you?

Well, an average day will be both soliciting consignments for auction through both phone and travel. My responsibility, or job title, is territory manager. I will be graded or evaluated on auction sales production.

Tell me about some of your personal interests. When you’re not making phone calls and listing items, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to fly fish. That’s an absolute passion of mine.

I’ve been speaking with Mike Saxton, Purple Wave’s new Iowa territory manager. Thanks again, Mike, for joining me today.

Thank you very much.

Find Mike on the web at Contact him at or call 515.803.0833.

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See us at the US Custom Harvesters convention

Wed., Feb. 29, 2012 - 12 pm | James Beal

Purple Wave has a booth this weekend at the US Custom Harvesters 2012 Annual Convention in Grand Island, Neb.

US Custom HarvestersU.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is an association of professional custom harvesters, serving the needs of the American farmer. The organization was established and chartered in 1983 in the State of Texas and serves as a link between the harvesters and the many groups of people they work with, such as farmers, businesses, State and Federal Government. We are a dues funded, membership organization with the Harvest News magazine as our primary means of communicating with members.

The show runs from Thursday through Saturday.

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2
  • 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 3

I’ll be there all three days. Chad Blackmore will join me on Thursday and Roger Kisner will be at the booth on Friday and Saturday.

We’ll be giving away several door prizes from Omaha Steaks and Cabela’s. Each prize is worth over $50, so make sure to swing by, say hi and register for the giveaway.

The convention is held at the Heartland Events Center in Fonner Park, 700 E Stolley Park Rd, Grand Island, Neb. More information about the event can be found on the US Custom Harvesters website.

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