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Meet the Team

Rod Egan

Principal and Chief Auctioneer
rod@worldwideauctioneers.com
Rod has managed some of the largest auctions and collections in North America and held senior positions at a number of the world's leading auction houses. Having sold over $3 billion of assets over the past 25 years, both privately and at auction, he is among an elite group of auctioneers to have overseen major asset transfers at that level. Rod specializes in the valuation of fine automobiles and is always accessible to collectors, also overseeing Worldwide's private sales division. An avid collector himself, Rod has an extensive knowledge of pre-war European and American classics and sports cars. When not on the auction podium you will often find him enjoying Concours and club events, road rallies and tours throughout North America and Europe.

John Kruse

Principal and Auctioneer
john@worldwideauctioneers.com
John grew up in the auction industry, refining his skills at some of the biggest auction companies in the country. As buyer, seller, consultant and auctioneer, he has been actively involved with vintage motorcars and collection management for his entire life, combining an exhaustive knowledge of the market with unyielding integrity and a hands-on commitment to delivering the best result. Expert and accessible, he is a passionate car enthusiast who is a familiar face at Concours, club events and shows across the country.

Mike Funk

General Manager
mike@worldwideauctioneers.com
Mike is an expert automotive and retail sales management professional with a proven track record in sales and business profitability, customer service, business development and Internet marketing.

With over 20 years of diverse management experience at companies like Ally Financial, Hall Automotive, Kelley Automotive and other large dealer and retail sales groups, he is ideally qualified to head Worldwide’s ongoing development from the front as General Manager. He is also a well-known figure here in the local community through his work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, St Jude’s Children's Hospital and MDA.

Andrew Betzing

Director of Client Services
andrew@worldwideauctioneers.com
Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise, with well over a decade of highly respected collector car auction experience. He has been in the auto industry his entire life and has a passion for helping buyers and sellers reach their goals in the collector car market. He and his family, (Kim, Garett & Landon), regularly attend and participate in events in the Pacific Northwest, a location that is filled with wonderful enthusiasts and their great cars. He believes in strong customer service and in building long term, enjoyable relationships with clients.

These experiences have prepared him to help build the Worldwide Auctioneers' team into the industry leader. He is looking forward to sharing his experience and passion with you and is looking forward to helping out in any way possible.

Charlie Kuhn

Senior Specialist
charlie@worldwideauctioneers.com
Charlie bought his first car - a 1951 Willys - at 15 years of age (his driver's license wouldn't arrive for 18 months) and has been hooked ever since. He has been active in the hobby for several decades and has been involved in the collector car industry for many years. Charlie is the past-president (2004-2007) of the Specialty Vehicle Dealers Association and is active in his community by serving on several Boards. As a respected collector and dealership owner in the Chicago area for decades, Charlie has a wealth of expertise and experience with American classics, sports cars, and period hot rods and customs. When not tinkering with cars, Charlie can be seen coaching youth baseball, serving as a Cub Scout leader and participating as an enthusiastic spectator at his children's sporting events.

Nick Smith

Specialist
nick@worldwideauctioneers.com
Nick Smith joined our team as a Specialist bringing a long and varied career's worth of experience in exotic and luxury, classic and vintage cars. With a career that started in London at the age of three with toy cars from Dinky and Matchbox, Nick eventually graduated to a proper professional position in the motorcar field in sales at purveyors of the most incredible classic and exotic automobiles, Symbolic Motors. Initially in Beverly Hills, he was quickly promoted to the Bentley Sales manager at their La Jolla showroom. Strong successes and great experience in both new exotics and classic and vintage motorcars, led to an offer to join the Bentley's flagship dealership as the Bentley and Lamborghini Sales Manager in Beverly Hills, enjoying sales of these franchises plus Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Bugatti.

In 2007, Smith's desire to explore a different facet of the industry led him to Bonhams Auctioneers. As a Specialist, he played a key role in the Motorcar Department's successes with sales at Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA for the famed Monterey Classic week of Concours d'Elegance, motor racing and auction events, as well as sales at Concours d'Elegances in Amelia Island, Florida, Greenwich, CT, Los Angeles' Petersen Museum Sale, and the Larz Anderson Museum Sale, Brookline, MA.

Blake Godbey

Specialist
blake@worldwideauctioneers.com
Blake, seen by many great people in the collector car industry at auctions since he was just a month old, watched his enthusiasm for collector cars grow throughout the years. He not only grew up in and around a classic car museum, but also in a classic car dealership environment as well. His love for the cars only grew, and stemmed into participating in the many functions involved in running these two businesses and broadening his knowledge as he went. Attending cars shows, auctions, and viewing collections for purchase, Blake has been exposed to and gained experience and a passion for collector cars from all genres, both foreign and domestic. Branching out with special interest, but definitely not limited to, Rolls- Royce, Bentley, Cadillac, and BMWs. He is involved with many different car clubs. He has forged great relationships with both collectors and dealers around the world, and is set on making sure he does his part to pass on the great integrity and spirit these incredible collector cars deserve, just as Worldwide Auctioneers prides itself on doing.

Bob Wright

Specialist
bob@worldwideauctioneers.com
Bob is a lifelong vintage car enthusiast and fourth generation car guy. In the early 1900's his Great Grandfather was a Reliance Truck and Saxon car dealer; his Grandfather a Chrysler/Nash car and truck dealer; his father, Ford's #1 salesman for 1963. Suffice it to say, its in his blood.

Many activities and occurrences over the years have kept cars a central part of Bob's life – he began collecting car books at 12; Hitchhiked to Watkins Glen for 1970 USGP at 15 years old; his first car was a 1963 Porsche 356 B (acquired at age 14!); second car a 1967 Dodge Coronet RT HEMI, 1 of 76, (age 15); first new car purchase was a 1973 Mazda RX 3 (at 17); Started attending Pebble Beach & Monterey Historics in 1974; raced Dirt Track Vallejo & Petaluma 1979-1980; was the SCCA Regional Champion & Driver of the Year for 1998.

His Father's knowledge and experience in the Automotive Industry, and his love of racing, allowed Bob to attend many car races over the years including the Indy 500, Indy Nationals, Trans Am / Can Am Mid-Ohio, Daytona 500 and so many more. Car shows both new and classic, and reading dad's car magazines since the early 1960's, fueled Bob's passion for great cars and motor sports.

In addition to being a car guy, he has been a lifetime entrepreneur and self-employed since the age of 21 with a focus on retail and real estate primarily on the west coast and Texas. Growing up in Ohio, traveling throughout the Midwest and east coast to racing events and living in Texas and California, have given him a well-rounded understanding of the various car cultures that are rich with heritage and activity all over the country.

He is passionate about automobiles and excited to assist clients at his position of car specialist at Worldwide Auctioneers.

Bob lives in San Diego California, with his wife Corinne and their two son's Robert and Toby.

Stuart Schlaifer

Automotive Logistics
stuart@worldwideauctioneers.com
Stuart, along with a team of security personnel, mechanics and detailers, is responsible for overseeing and caring for your vehicle from the moment it arrives on-site at one of our auctions. Knowledgeable in all makes and models of vehicles, Stuart will ensure that your car is handled with the utmost care.

Janet Griffin

Executive Assistant
janet@worldwideauctioneers.com
As executive assistant to the managing partners, Janet joined the Worldwide team with extensive administrative experience, having held positions in the fields of commercial real estate, IT and corporate accounting. She looks forward to auctions, appreciates interaction with clients and assists in the day to day support of VIP clientele at Worldwide headquarters.

Tammy Watson

Administrative Assistant
tammy@worldwideauctioneers.com
As administrative assistant, Tammy is involved in the smooth running of the day-to-day business, from administering vehicle consignments to handling contracts, scheduling photography and helping amalgamate content for Worldwide's signature catalogues, as well as assisting with all concierge services.

Troy Lefevra

Graphics Department Manager
troy@worldwideauctioneers.com
Troy is a graduate of Indiana State, with a Bachelors degree in graphic design and is former All-American college football player. With over ten years design experience across a range of media, he is responsible for the creative execution of Worldwide's print and digital marketing material, including advertisements, auction catalogues and online presence. In his spare time, he is a committed athlete and outdoorsman.

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