Motorcycle Auction Raises $69,000 to Help Vets and First Responders

Recently Compass had the great pleasure of working with two incredible organizations — the iconic American brand, Indian Motorcycle, and an innovative charity organization, Motorcycle Missions (MM), which focuses on helping military vets and first-responders recover from PTSD.

On the block was two very special bikes custom built by two MM teams: Team Austin and Team Dallas. Both bikes started off as stock Indian Chief Darkhorse motorcycles (donated by Indian Motorcycles). Working with MM and founder, Krystal Hess, each team stripped down the bikes and recreated them as must-see, completely one-of-a-kind works of art. See the bikes here (

In an interview with, Hess says the participants learn to cope with the effects of PTSD through what she calls “Motorcycle Therapy.”

“On the battlefield, they’re taught to move, shoot, and communicate,” Hess explains. “When they come home they don’t have that focus, they don’t have that mission anymore.”

At MM, she says, participants gain a new sense of “mission” through team work and collaboration.

At the auction event — held during Sturgis Bike Week (Sturgis,SD) and webcast nationally via the Compass Auctions website — that collaboration paid off big. A lively session of bidding led to a final tally of $69,000 — with winning bids of $28,000 for Team Dallas’ bike and $41,000 for Team Austin’s bike. 

“The auction raised a lot of money and created a ton of awareness for a really important cause,” says Compass Auctions President Paige Holt. “These men and women put their lives at risk for ALL of us. Knowing that the evening’s proceeds are going to help in their recovery makes the success so much sweeter.”

For more information on this event or any upcoming MM events, please visit

Indian Motorcycles, Motorcycle Missions and Compass Auctions are currently planning for future auction events. Check back for more info and updates coming soon.

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— WT

Auction News 8.5.19: “MOST VIEWED” Auction Marketplace!

Apparently when people look for auctions, they’re looking for Compass Auctions… According to the most recent web rankings, Compass Auctions is officially GoToAuction’s current “Most Viewed Auction Company.” Coming off of a series of strong auctions, it’s rewarding to see that our audience is growing —and participating— more than ever before.

Engaged Bidders. Happy Sellers.
Being recognized as a favorite online auction destination is great. But more importantly, it enables our buyers to source better products at better prices —and— it provides our sellers the security of knowing they can move their inventory with greater speed and efficiency.

Auctions should provide better values to bigger markets; remove hassles and increase productivity; and promote a marketplace environment that is robust, engaging, profitable and, dare we say, FUN. At Compass Auctions and Real Estate, that’s our goal… To make very auction a true event.

August is Heating Up!
So, with a our spring and mid-summer successes in the rear-view, we drive ahead into an amazing August line-up. From Hunting Gear and Government Vehicles to Heavy Equipment and U.S. Marshals’ Real Estate, look for more auction events coming soon!

Don’t miss out on these upcoming auction dates:
August 14 – U.S. Marshals Real Estate Auction
August 21 – F&M Mafco Job-Completion Surplus Auction
August 24 – Sportsman and Firearm Auction
August 28-29 – Government Equipment, Vehicles & Surplus (2-Day Event)

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Compass Auctions Making Headlines in Bloomberg Business Week

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Surplus TVA equipment finds new life through auctions [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]

Oct. 12–Surplus TVA equipment finds new life via auctions

It’s very easy for a valve meant for a TVA power plant to have a career in an oil refinery or a paper mill instead.

Don Williams, co-owner of Mobile, Ala.-based Industrial Valve, said that’s why his company bought about $90,000 worth of valves at a recent TVA auction.

“Valves are a very general piece of equipment and can cross industries very easily,” he said.

And that’s why he plans to go back to Hartsville, Tenn., when TVA holds two more auctions there Oct. 22 and Nov. 19, both at 9 a.m. CST.

“I would say about 95 percent of the material is new and unused,” Williams said. “For a surplus dealer, when you buy something you don’t have to put a lot of labor into in order to sell it, that’s great.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority is liquidating about $30 million in surplus materials and equipment through three auctions, the first of which was held Sept. 24.

Chattanooga-based Compass Auctions is handling the auctions, which are held at TVA’s warehouses at 488 J.D. Hood Lane in Hartsville, which is northeast of Nashville.

About 22,000 lots of inventory will be on sale at the October and November auctions. TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said this means many more than 22,000 items, though.

“One lot might be 500 bolts,” he said.

There are five warehouse buildings full of industrial equipment and materials to be auctioned, said Paige Holt, president of Compass Auctions. Inventory includes a wide range of surplus equipment, road trucks, trailers, heavy equipment, forklifts, Mack trucks, electrical equipment, transformers, valves, pumps, hydraulic cylinders and other items.

The Hartsville facility is on the site of a nuclear plant that TVA began building in the 1970s but then canceled construction in the mid-1980s. Hartsville is a major holding facility for surplus inventory from all over TVA’s seven-state service area, Brooks said.

The federal government-owned utility provides electricity for business customers and local power companies that serve some 9 million people in parts of seven states.

TVA’s Investment Recovery division, based in Chattanooga, keeps track of the surplus inventory and tries to sell it and get the best return for TVA, Brooks said.

These items are things that TVA bought but did not use. They might be materials and equipment left over from a project at a TVA site or just a case of not needing all items that were ordered.

“In most cases, TVA will try to sell it back to where we bought it, but if we can’t, we will look to see if we can reuse it in some way,” Brooks said.

If a use can’t be found, the item is declared surplus and sent to a holding center for auction.

Although TVA has instituted several cost-cutting initiatives this year, the auction is not part of that, Brooks said. TVA holds auctions from time to time as it accumulates surplus inventory, he said.

“We just decided this was a good time,” he said.

Holt said her company has worked with TVA on auctions before. In May, Compass auctioned surplus inventory from a TVA project to replace steam generators at its Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. The inventory there ranged from radiation monitoring equipment to fire extinguishers, welding equipment, hand tools, sheet metal and other items.

The TVA auctions draw an assortment of buyers, Holt said.

“We will have everything from industrial surplus companies to scrap and metal yard companies, power and energy companies, construction companies,” she said.

The Sequoyah auction drew about 640 people to the site and the September Hartsville auction drew about 400, Holt said. She expects about 400 people at the next two Hartsville auctions. People are able to take part in the auctions either in person or online through the company’s website, Holt said.

TVA’s auctions not only help her company and the buyers, but also allow TVA to get some money back to help keep electric rates lower, she said.

Williams said his company makes good use of auctions such as those held by TVA. Industrial Valve, which has operations in Alabama, Louisiana, Indiana and Cleveland, Tenn., provides various valve-related products and services, but a good bit of its focus is on surplus valves.

The company markets these as “better than new” valves that have never been used but which it sells at a discount price and with a warranty.

It also touts the quick availability of the valves compared with the time it can take a customer to order a new valve. The valves he buys at auction from TVA will pass from his company to many others, Williams said.

“We have a clientele that includes power companies throughout the Southeast, like Entergy and Southern Company, but we also do a lot of business with refineries such as Chevron, and we do paper mills,” he said.









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