Johnna Wells, CAI, BAS, of Portland, Oregon is Founder and President of Benefit Auctions 360 and Principal Fundraising Auctioneer and Consultant for their nonprofit partners. Johnna is a second generation auctioneer, a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering in Auburn, Indiana, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Idaho.
Johnna is a former Northwest Rookie Auctioneer Champion and was awarded the prestigious title of 2005-2006 International Auctioneer Champion in the Women’s Division. The International Auctioneer Championship is the largest bid-calling championship in the world and is the premier showcase of auction talent, hosted annually by the National Auctioneers Association.
Ms. Wells has earned the BAS Designation (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), and the CAI Designation (Certified Auctioneers Institute), the most highly respected educational designation in the auction industry. CAI is an executive development program offering coursework in management skills, business ethics, finance, marketing, and much more. The classes, spanning the course of three years at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, are taught by some of the most distinguished leaders in the auction industry as well as Indiana University professors. Less than 5% of auctioneers nationwide have achieved CAI status.
Johnna is a past President of the Oregon Auctioneers Association, and is a member of the Oregon, and Idaho State Auctioneers Associations as well as the National Auctioneers Association. In addition to her work as the principal fundraising auctioneer and consultant for Benefit Auctions 360, Ms. Wells has also been a contract auctioneer for Neal Auction Company (a New Orleans, Louisiana based auction house specializing in fine art and antiques).
Johnna and her husband Scott are the incredibly proud parents of daughter, Wrenne Larue. In her spare time, Johnna loves being a doting mother, enjoys writing, making art, working in her garden, continuing to drive her passion for auctions, art, and antiques, and is passionate about maintaining an active role in philanthropic endeavors for many organizations throughout the Portland area.