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Meet Our Team

Jack Nitz & Associates Auction Team

Jay NitzJay Nitz, CAI, GPPA
President & CEO/Real Estate Broker/Auctioneer

jaynitz@omni-tech.net
Cell: 402.720.2541
Jay D. Nitz, CAI,MPPA is President & CEO of Jack Nitz & Associates, Inc. Auctioneers & Land Brokers. He graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1983 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Southeast Community College from 1983-1986.Read More

In 1982, Jay attended the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, Missouri and received his diploma. In 1986 through 1988, Jay also attended the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) program and maintains his CAI designation today. This program consists of a 1-week program for 3 years at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. He is also a member of the Nebraska & Iowa Auctioneers Associations and is also a Life Member of the National Auctioneers Association. Jay served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Auctioneers Association from 2007 to 2010 as well as on the Nebraska Auctioneers Association from 1991-1994. He has conducted various seminars for the National Auctioneers Association & has also assisted in the Election of Officers of the National Auctioneers Association for the past 15 years.

Jay has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in the States of Nebraska & Iowa. Jay manages Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers & Land Brokers Real Estate Division, specializing in the Sale of Farms, Acreages & Ranches on a Private Treaty Basis and Real Estate at Public Auction. Jay oversees & manages the sale of 50-60 properties per year.

Jay manages over 50 Personal Property Auctions for Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers, Inc. each year. He is the Chief Auctioneer for all Real Estate Auctions and Personal Property Auctions held by Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers & Land Brokers.

Jay is the Chief Personal Property Appraiser for the Company as well and specializes in the areas of Heavy Equipment, Trucks & Trailers and Farm Equipment. Jay handles approximately 25-30 Appraisals per year covering from 10 to 400 pieces of equipment per Appraisal.

In 2010 Jay obtained his GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) designation. MPPA is a designation provided by the NAA to provide auctioneers with custom education & advanced training that enhances their appraisal skills & knowledge. It teaches students the responsibilities of being an appraiser & provides advanced training in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Guidelines.

Jay is a member of the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska. He is very active in community fund-raising activities, conducting fundraising Auctions for Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Heart Association, and many others. Jay has also participated as an Auctioneer for the Saunders County 4-H Livestock Auction for the last 20 years, and also the Cedar Bluffs Community Auction for the last 20 years, raising money for 10 separate National Charities.

Jay’s family includes his wife Vicki of 27 years, twin children Courtney & Justin, ages 27 years. Jay’s wife Vicki serves as a Director of Jack Nitz & Associates, Inc. Auctioneers & Land Brokers and is the Chief Cashier and Bookkeeper for the Company. Jay’s children have and currently are active in the Auction Business and have been since they were both 7 years old.


Jack NitzJack Nitz, CAI
Co-Owner/ Auctioneer/ Real Estate Broker

jacknitz@omni-tech.net
Cell: 402.720.1708
Jack Nitz, CAI, is the co-owner and chairman of the Board at Jack Nitz & Associates, Inc. In 1962, Jack attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA. He was a 1981 graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute, consisting of a one week, three year course held at the University of Indiana.Read More

He has been a member of the Nebraska, Iowa and National Auctioneers Association for over 40 years. Jack was awarded “Auctioneer of the Year” in 1992 by the Nebraska Auctioneers Association, he served on the National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors, certified Auctioneers Institute Board of Governors, was co-chairman of the 1991 National Auctioneers Association Convention in Omaha, NE. He served as chairman of the Board and Past President of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association in 2006-2007. He served as a National Board Member 1983-1986 & was on the National Foundation Board 2000-2006. He conducted a National Seminar back in 1995. He has been a member for 37+ years. In 1997, Jack was inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, the highest honor an auctioneer can receive from his or her peers. He has also served 2-3 year terms as one of the elected Trustees of the National Auctioneers Foundation Board and chairman of the Museum Hall of History Committee. Jack has been a licensed Real Estate Broker for over 45 years. In 1983 he served as the President of the Fremont Board of Realtors. He has conducted both Real Estate and Personal Property Auctions in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Arkansas, Illinois, Idaho as well as throughout the state of Nebraska.

He has been a longtime member of the Sinai Lutheran Church in Fremont, NE. He served as past Board Member and is currently serving on the Endowment Foundation Committee. Jack is also active in the Shriners and served as the President of the Shriners in 2000. He conducts many fundraising auctions for various programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Ducks Unlimited, Local Community Auctions, The American Heart Association, The Cystic Fibrosis Association & many church Benefits.

Jack’s family includes his deceased wife and co-partner, Delores. The had been married for 58 years. They have two children, Jay and Jennie. Jay is the President and CEO of the auction company. Jay and his wife Vicki have twins, Courtney and Justin. Jennie is Jack and Delores daughter. She is married to Ray Rasmussen and they have two children, a son Jeremy and a daughter Piper. Jennie is employed at the Omaha Auto Auction and Ray is a employed at 3M Corp in Valley, NE.


Courtney Nitz-MensikCourtney Nitz-Mensik, CAI
Vice President/Professional Fundraising Auctioneer/Auction Manager/Consultant

courtney@nitzauctions.com
Cell: 402.720.3107
Courtney grew up in the auction industry; at the age of seven she started to participate in the family business and has worked in every aspect of the business from then till now (including flipping burgers in the lunch trailer with her mom and brother). Read More

The business was always her focus however she was able to find time for school, fun and part time jobs. She earned her high school degree from Cedar Bluffs and completed coursework at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Metropolitan Community College for her associates’ degree. She then attended Reppert School of Auctioneering and obtained her auction license. After completing her classes she was asked to be a full time associate at Jack Nitz & Associates.

Since 2007 Courtney has achieved many industry designations and honors. She holds the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute designation with the NAA (National Auctioneers Association), a designation only 1% of the nation’s auctioneers obtain. She is a very active member of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association (NeAA), Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) and National Auctioneers Association (NAA) – serving as Director of the NeAA and as an Ambassador for the NAA. She was honored with the award of “Rookie of the Year” & 1st Runner Up in 2009 & 2nd Runner Up in 2016 at the NeAA Bid Calling Championship. She was also a top 7 finalist in the 2015 International Auctioneer Championship, Women’s Division – the highest level of recognition for an auctioneer. She is a highly accomplished Auctioneer and business woman.

Courtney leads the personal property division of Jack Nitz & Associates managing their consignment equipment auctions and collector car auctions as well as the company website. She works side by side with her dad and grandpa booking inventory and auctions, which she feels is an honor in its self. She is obtaining her BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist) designation and travelling across the United States conducting benefit auctions, helping non-profit organizations achieve their goals while helping people who need these organizations to survive.

Throughout 2016 and 2017 Courtney will focus on launching a Philanthropic Fundraising division in the family business; she is driven to help nonprofit organizations raise awareness and funding.

Courtney and her husband, Tyler Mensik, reside locally and enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Molly and Bella. Their free time is spent air boating on the river & traveling. Courtney also enjoys a great glass of wine and latest in fashion.


Vicki NitzVicki Nitz
Office Manager/Cashier & Clerk

vnitz@omni-tech.net
Vicki has been married to Jay for 27 years. She has worked with him in the auction business for 20+ years.Read More

She is the office manager and head cashier at all the auctions. She and Jay have a set of twins, Justin and Courtney, which also work in the business.

Jay & Vicki reside in rural Cedar Bluffs on the family farm. In her spare time she enjoys selling Longaberger baskets and Mary Kay makeup. Vicki is active in the NAA Auxiliary & served on the Board of Directors for the NAA Auxiliary from 2007-2010. Vicki is also a member of the NeAA Auxiliary.


Justin NitzJustin Nitz
Load-out & Detail Specialist

Cell: 402.720.0008
Justin is Jay and Vicki’s son. He is a 2007 graduate of Cedar Bluffs High School. He has been working for the family business for over 10 years.Read More

He loves helping dad and grandpa around the office. Especially loves setting up for auctions and holding items up in the ring on auction day. He now works for the office full-time since he is graduated. Justin loves collecting anything John Deere just like his grandfather.

Justin owns & operates JTN Cleaning & Detailing as well. He cleans & details Cars, Trucks, SUV’s, Truck Tractors, RV’s, Campers, Boats, etc.


Charles DakeCharles M Dake
Real Estate Broker

Cell: 402.720.2834
Although born in Omaha, NE in 1938, Charles was raised on his family farm in Ames, NE. He attended the rural public school near his home for eight years and graduated from North Bend High School Read More

in 1957.

Charles met the love of his life while working at Western Electric in Omaha, NE. He and Sharon married in 1963, lived in Fremont, NE and have three children. They moved to a home they built in 1969 on farmland purchased by his grandparents in 1893. They have been married for 51 years. In addition to their three children, they have five wonderful grandchildren and a new grand son-in-law.

Farming the home place and owning a Feeder Pig Operation with 180 sows, Charles became interested in how to promote the products he produced. He became a member of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and Nebraska Corn Growers Association. He held the Office of President of the local Pork Producers Association. He has worked with Dodge County Extension Service and was a leader of a local 4-H Club.

Wanting to further his education and his interest Charles attended and graduated from Central Community College with an Applied Science Degree in Agricultural Business. He also obtained his Real Estate Salesperson license in 1981, and Brokers license in 1988. He also attended and graduated from Missouri Auction School. In 1997 Charles started working for Jack Nitz & Associates. He has experience in selling houses and commercial properties but during the 33 years he has held a real estate license he has exclusively sold farms, ranches and acreages.

Personal leisure time is limited. It is best spent attending family functions like watching grandchildren participate in sports, weekly family breakfast, social dinners with friends and neighbors. Personal interests and hobbies are tinkering with all his favorite Allis Chalmers tractors and Classic 1966 Pontiac Convertible.

Although supposedly retired, Charles is actively involved in Real Estate Sales, Crop Insurance Sales, Farming and the never ending yard work.

Charles’s love of the land stems back to his childhood and is his major interest in his real estate sales career.


Heather L KlevemannHeather L Klevemann
Administrative Assistant/Real Estate Salesperson/Vehicle Title Clerk/Auction Clerk & Cashier

heather@omni-tech.net
Office: 402.727.8800
Heather joined our team in 2005. New to the auction business she immersed herself in learning all aspects of the business realizing the need for a Real Estate licensee to be in the office full time to answer questions and set-up showings prompting her to attend Read More

Randall School of Real Estate in Omaha. Heather proudly passed her exam and received her Real Estate Salesperson license in January of 2007.

Heather assists in various aspects of the business prior to auctions including inventory, online bidding services, creating catalogs or processing title paperwork; on auction day you will usually see her running to check on something or someone; post auction she assists with payments from online bidders, coordinating shipping/handling and closing out auctions.

Heather is married to Hank, mom to Brittni and Aaron. As a family they enjoy camping, biking, taking scenic drives and shooting targets with bow and arrows or shotguns. Heather is an avid reader in almost any genre and appreciates any opportunity to try a new recipe or cook for the holidays.

Heather enjoys helping with Real Estate transactions especially at auction! She will show you any listing we have.


Pat Shanahan
National Sales Representative
pshanahan@omni-tech.net
Cell: 402.720.7037
Pat was born and raised in Saunders County, Nebraska. He currently resides in Prague, NE on the family farm where he grew up. Pat, for many years, was owner/operator of approximately 1800 acres around Saunders County and worked with his brother Dave in dirt construction. You may recognize his name from the trucks he drove around the surrounding counties. Read More

Pat graduated from Wahoo Newman High School, after high school he attended UNL for Business Management. In 2004, Pat obtained his GPPA certification – Graduate Personal Property Appraiser – and started appraising farm equipment. He has always been very knowledgeable about old and new trucks and farm equipment, simply because he always has been interested in knowing about that type of equipment. Pat’s experience in the auction industry stems from his employment at an auction company specializing in online equipment auctions; he was their sales representative for nearly 10 years. Pat paused his time in the auction industry when he was offered the Branch Manager position at the Farmer Union Coop. He enjoyed his time at the coop; however, when he was offered the national sales rep position at Jack Nitz & Associates he was ecstatic to get back into the auction industry and accepted the position.

Although he is single, Pat is a family man and adores spending time with his family. He has 2 sisters, Lynn & Peg and 1 bothers Dave. Pat also has 2 children, Lexis who is 19 and attending SCC in Beatrice, Nebraska and Mitchell who is 11 and attending David City Elementary. Both kids are active in sports and love the farm life. His family shares a love for NASCAR and NHRA; they enjoy attending car races all around Nebraska. Pat was a former dirt track late model car racer from 2000-2008. You could say he enjoys the adrenaline rush!

If you want to talk equipment, current market prices or NASCAR give Pat a call. He is more than happy to do a market analysis on your equipment!


Brandobrandon-stenger-e_3322bcln Stenger
Real Estate Salesperson
brandons@nitzauctions.com
Cell: 402.720.2199
Brandon is a licensed real estate agent; he completed his coursework for real estate through Metropolitan Community College and obtained his salesperson license in the fall of 2016. He chose to hang his license at Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers & Land Brokers and to practice selling real estate, part-time, under the direction of the company’s lead broker, Jay Nitz. Read More

Brandon has also taken a liking to live auctions; you can find him “catching bids” at the company auctions.

Brandon grew up in rural Saunders County, Nebraska. He graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School in 2006 and immediately began working at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the years succeeding his high school graduation he has graduated from the 175th Basic Nebraska Law Enforcement Academy and has been promoted to the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Officer and Deputy Sheriff. Aside from his required duties, he has been active in the Bicycle Patrol Unit, Emergency Response Unit and Field Training. Currently, Brandon is the Deputy Sheriff for Saunders County Sheriff’s Department.

Brandon and his wife, Andrea, reside in Cedar Bluffs and have a daughter, Haley, along with their miniature dachshund, Clyde. Brandon enjoys spending time with his family as well as anything to do with hunting and fishing. 


CaranCaranda Gerkeda Gerke
Realtor® & Advertising Specialist
cgerke@omni-tech.net
Cell:402.317.9091
Caranda earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Southeast Community College and currently handles web/brochure design and social media advertising for Jack Nitz & Associates. Caranda is also a licensed Real Estate agent for Jack Nitz & Associates. She is a member of the Fremont Board of Realtors® Read More
and the Omaha Metro MLS.

Since joining the firm in 2013, Ms. Gerke has been a very valuable member of the team and is very detail oriented and professional in her approach to any project she is asked to tackle. Her hobbies include being active and being outdoors. Caranda’s main interests include Residential and Waterfront Properties and would love to help in either a Seller-Agent relationship or help find properties for prospective Buyers as a Buyer Agent. Please consider calling Caranda for your Commercial Real Estate needs at the office at (402) 727-8800 and let Caranda go to work for you!

 


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