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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.

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


Bill Mott

Specialist
bill@worldwideauctioneers.com
As a long time buyer, seller, and restorer of classic cars, Bill has been called upon many times to guide buyers looking to purchase a particular vehicle for their collection, or to appraise a particular vehicle and find a qualified buyer for it. His ongoing involvement with the many auctions, restorers, and dealers around the United States, as well as his long-standing affiliations with the most highly respected collector car clubs in the country including the CCCA, Early Ford V8, AACA, Jaguar Owners Club, Mercedes-Benz Club of America and many, many more, have resulted in his being retained by collectors for the purpose of locating or selling a special collector car and for the appraisal of collector quality automobiles for estate settlement purposes. He is also a highly qualified judge of both original and restored cars.

Bill is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is eager to connect with you to find out how he can serve.


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.

Tammy Watson

Executive Assistant, Concierge Services
tammy@worldwideauctioneers.com

As executive assistant to Worldwide's managing partners, 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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