The weekend of February 2-3, 2018 was a busy one for Arkansas Auctioneers Association (AAA). This is when auctioneers from across Arkansas gather for the Annual AAA Winter Meeting, in Hot Springs, AR, at the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa.
While auctioneers come for continuing educational credit, the convention offers many more opportunities for both seasoned veterans of the auction profession as well as newcomers to the industry. Some say it’s the competition that attracts them. Others say it’s the entertaining nature of the business. Whatever the case, people everywhere are sold on auctions.
Real estate, collector cars, antiques, art, business equipment, electronics, livestock…it’s hard to name something that hasn’t been sold at auction. No one understands this better than the auctioneer himself. People who attend auctions often only see the auctioneer as someone who shows up the day of the auction and “talks fast”. Ask any full time auctioneer and you will find out that there is more to it then fast talking.
On Friday, February 2, the 2018 Arkansas Auctioneers Association Winter Meeting kicked off with their Annual Competitions. The Arkansas Auctioneers Championship Bid Calling Champion, the sought after title at each years’ meeting, was won by Mena’s own Shannon Hunter. The competition is where men and women alike compete for the prestigious title and the opportunity to represent Arkansas, not only at a state level, but also at the National Auctioneer Champion Contest held July 17-21, 2018, in Jacksonville, FL.
There is truly something for everyone at this convention, in addition to Champion Bid Calling, the Junior and Rookie Contests are included for the novice beginner and the Ringman competition is fierce. The following winners were announced at the 2018 Winter Meeting.
The 2018 Junior Bid Calling Champion—Ethan Davis
The 2018 Rookie Competition: Reserve Champion—Paul Dottley & Champion—Kim Daniels
The 2018 Ringman Competition: 3rd Place—Spencer Wilson, Reserve Champion—Dennis Huggins & Champion—Tony Wisely
The 2018 Top 5 Pro Bid Callers: Tony Wisely, Glen Swafford, Shannon Hunter, Dennis Huggins, Tom Rhoads
The 2018 Pro Bid Calling Competition:3rd Place—Glen Swafford, Reserve Champion—Dennis Huggins & the 2018 Pro Bid Calling Champion is Shannon Hunter.
Last but not least, each year the AAA chooses two members for the prestigious title of the AAA Hall of Fame Inductee. This year, three members were selected for this honor: Dale G. Brown, Dwayne Craig, Rande Walker.
Auctioneers create a competitive and entertaining atmosphere that attracts consumers to the sale. Their hand gestures, eye contact with the crowd and their rhythmic “chant” stirs buyers and brings the sale to life. It’s what separates auctions from other types of sales. Though one of the oldest methods of sale around, auctions continue to thrive and grow and are held today around the world. Auctioning has stayed tried and true with the times and continues to be a favorite among buyers and sellers.
To learn more about auctioneers and auctions visit the AAA web site at: www.arkansasauctioneers.org.