Auction Academy

Our Trainers

 Welcome to the FAA's "engine room" - our trainers.

 They are -


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FAA Founder and Principal, Tony Fountain, is a Certified Workplace Level IV Trainer.

He has had a wide and varied career as an auctioneer since conducting his first auction at age 17 at a furniture sale at The Boy's Club in Grenfell NSW.

Over the past 44 years Tony has auctioneered in every State and Territory of Australia and in Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America, selling everything from real estate to cattle and horses, as well as industrial, farming and earthmoving equipment.

He has conducted over 30,000 real estate auctions.

Tony has always been passionate about giving people confidence to achieve their dreams. Part of his success is undoubtedly attributable to his own auctioneering skills but a very big factor is his ability to communicate with and train salespeople. It was this which led him to establish the Fountain Auction Academy.

Fountain & Co Pty Ltd has also owned Ray White and Ray White Rural franchises in both Rockhampton (Queensland) and Bowral in the beautiful Southern Highlands region midway between Sydney and Canberra. In both areas they were the leading auction agents.

Tony is the author of the best selling real estate book "The Complete Guide to Selling Real Estate by Auction" which has sold across Australia and into China, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa and the USA. The book has now sold out and owing to ongoing demand is now available as a 3-part EBook series - "Securing the Listing", "The Auction Campaign" and "Auction Day!"

Tony is also a member of the National Speakers Association of Australia and has addressed many national and international conferences. His career and speaking topics can be found on his Rainbow Chaser website.

He is also an experienced pilotblue water sailor and scuba diver.


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Selling real estate is all about people skills and Sam's knowledge and background in this field is ideally suited to what the FAA seeks to achieve.

Sam had an extensive career in publishing as the marketing and advertising manager for a top international publishing house and then as managing director of her own publishing business for a number of years.

She became involved in politics where she was National Secretary of the Australian Democrats for 18 years during the 80s and 90s, working alongside former Leaders Don Chipp & Janine Haines and then as Chief of Staff to former Democrat Leaders Cheryl Kernot and Natasha Stott Despoja.

In 2000 she was head-hunted out of politics and into beer, taking on the position of CEO of the Australian Associated Brewers, the beer industry's peak body.

Sam often comments on the similarities between politics and real estate - they are both about working with people, giving service, gaining trust and getting "the vote" and her training sessions within our courses have illuminated many minds to this fact.

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Auction Academy

PO BOX 897 BOWRAL NSW 2576 Australia
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