Johnna Lee Wells is propelled by momentum and a heartfelt call to cultivate connection and champion for community.
As a second generation Auctioneer, Artist, and Advocate, Johnna partners with change makers from coast to coast, empowering each along the way to be the change they wish to see in the world. Founder of Benefit Auctions 360, and co-founder of GATHER, Johnna is motivated to create moments that champion community and celebrate one's connection to place and purpose.
With a degree in fine art, Johnna spent several years as an art and antiques auctioneer with New Orleans based auction house, Neal Auction Company. In 2005, Johnna won the prestigious and coveted title of International Auctioneer Champion, providing her with the opportunity to serve as an Ambassador for the National Auctioneers Association and serve as an instructor for various auction industry continuing education platforms throughout the country.
In 2006, Johnna obtained her Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) Designation, and in 2007, she became a graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) at Indiana University - the most prestigious and honored institute within the auction industry.
Guided by eighteen years as a Professional Auctioneer, Mission Ambassador, and Nonprofit Consultant, Johnna has utilized her internationally acclaimed style of event-based fundraising to raise more than 285 million dollars for Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations throughout the country.
In 2012, Johnna was invited to join the Benefit Auction Specialist Designation Committee, to assist in the development and writing of enhanced curriculum taught to future Benefit Auction Specialist course attendees. In partnership with the National Auctioneers Association and some of the fundraising auction industry's leading professionals, Johnna helped to rewrite the course curriculum for the Benefit Auction Specialist Designation. In addition to her work with the National Auctioneers Association, and Benefit Auction Specialist Designation Curriculum Committee, Johnna has served as an instructor at Reppert Auction School in Auburn, Indiana, and an instructor at the Advanced Auctioneer Academy in Phoenix, Arizona.
With vast professional experience to draw from, Johnna Lee Wells channels a wealth of knowledge into each and every partnership. Through her signature storytelling, public speaking platform, creative call to action, and acclaimed art of fundraising model, Johnna crafts moments that inspire a sense of place and purpose, generating community engagement, and propelling philanthropic support.