Business briefs, June 27

Published 10:13 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Record completes APS

RICHMOND — Sgt. Brandon Record of the Danville Police Department was among law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth recognized for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision (APS).

APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants.

While in APS, students participate in classes focusing on the role of a supervisor, leadership, resolving conflict, managing diversity, monitoring officer performance, professional image, legal issues for supervisors, ethics, interpersonal communication, effective written communication, making decisions, solving problems, managing critical incidents, public speaking, emotional survival, media relations and others.

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The graduating class is the 80th to complete APS since the program began in 2003. Oldham County Police Assistant Chief Neil Johnson served as guest speaker.

Baker completes first year of courses at CAI


Boyle County auctioneer Willie Baker, of United Country — Baker Real Estate & Auction Group, recently completed his first year of courses at the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI). Developed by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), the CAI program is the industry’s premier training program for auction professionals.

The three-year designation is an intensive, executive development program offering professional auctioneers instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, communication, finance, strategic planning and marketing.

The NAA conducts CAI every year in March at Indiana University in Bloomington. CAI candidates join auction professionals from across the world to learn from some of the nation’s most distinguished and respected industry leaders.

As of March 2019, there were approximately 860 current CAI designation holders in the world. Baker, who is a Kentucky and Florida licensed principal auctioneer and Kentucky real estate broker started his real estate and auction firm in 2010 with hopes of growing it into a generational family business. Baker attributes his interest in the auction industry to his time spent at the local stockyards as a young boy, and his grandfather, Melvin Conley, who owned and operated a real estate and auction firm in Lincoln County until his untimely passing in 1989. Baker’s firm specialized in farm sales, estate liquidation and asset reduction. Baker’s firm offers all types of auction services including live auctions, simulcast auctions, online only auctions, and utilizes the most advanced auction software available to ensure a well-organized and successful auction.

To learn more about Baker, visit For more information on CAI, contact the NAA at (913) 541-8084 or visit