Arkansas Auctioneers Convention Recap

The 2021 Conference for the Arkansas Auctioneers Association is in the books. Thank you to everyone who attended the convention. We had a great lineup of speakers and vendors. We were faced with several challenges, but due to the efforts of the board and membership who volunteered their help, this year's event was a success. I want to give a huge shout out to our Executive Director of the Association, Cali Crissup. Cali has the amazing ability to orchestrate the chaos of scheduling speakers, vendors, communicating with the hotel and keeping the board informed with such precision and efficiency, it is sometimes mind blowing.

Thank you to our speakers who  included Shawn Terrel, Brian Rigby, Nathaniel Frederick, Barrett Bray, and our own Kirk Witcher.  Each one presented current topics that affect the daily operations of the auction profession. Mr. Paul Colvin presented an outstanding Real Estate Class.

It has been an honor to serve as Board President for 2021. We have a fantastic organization with members who are passionate about the auction profession.

We have already scheduled a couple of dynamic speakers for the 2022 Conference, which as of now, will be back to our normal time frame of February.  Thank you again and make your plans to be with us for the 2022 Convention.

Dennis J. Huggins

2021 Advertising Contest Winners

Color Brochure

People’s Company

Post Card

People’s Company

Website

Witcher Auctions

Social Media Page

Witcher Auctions

Commercial Video

People’s Company

Radio Spot

Wade Andrews Auction Services

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A special thank you to the man behind the scenes that made sure all of our viewers at home could enjoy our evening activities! Thanks Lance Swigert & S3 One Goal for being a part of our convention!
Brian Rigby

Brian Rigby

CAI, AARE Founder & Chairman: Professional Ringmen’s Institute
-W.O.R.K. Don’t Take Your Health For Granted -What Every Ringman Needs to Know
Nathaniel Frederick

Nathaniel Frederick

-Marketing, Goals and Branding -Speaking to the Consumer’s Mind Through Social Media
Kirk Witcher

Kirk Witcher

-All Things Business Media Marketing & Beyond with Barrett Bray
Shawn Terrel

Shawn Terrel

CAI, AARE, UCMA
-Effectively Negotiating Auction Commissions -Gaining Competitive Advantage in a Fast Paced World
Barrett Bray

Barrett Bray

-All Things Business Media Marketing & Beyond with Kirk Witcher -Auctioneer’s Toolbox
Paul Colvin

Paul Colvin

-Real Estate CE: Teach the Teacher

Hello Auctioneers, Vendors, Sponsors & Associates!

I hope that this email finds you well. Please feel free to reach out should you need anything from me. I take great pride in serving each of my associations & want to continue to build upon my skills to provide you with the best service possible.

Cali Crissup
Executive Director
580-327-7525
auctioneersassociationdirector@gmail.com

Auctioneering: It’s More Than Just Fast Talking

AUCTIONEERING:  IT’S MORE THAN JUST FAST TALKING

The weekend of February 1-2, 2019 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 1, the 2019 AAA Winter Meeting kicked off with our Annual Competitions. The Arkansas Auctioneers Championship Bid Calling Champion, the sought after title at each years’ meeting. This is where men and women alike compete for this prestigious title and the opportunity to represent Arkansas, not only at a state level, but also at the National auctioneer Champion Contest held July 9-13, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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 2019 Winter Meeting.

The 2019 Junior Bid Calling Contest
  • 3rd Place: Ben Witcher
  • 2nd Place: Kacey Davis
  • 1st Place: Carlton Wilcox
The 2019 Rookie Bid Calling Contes
  • 3rd Place: Spencer Wilson
  • 2nd Place: Wade Andrews
  • 1st Place: Dillon Butler
The 2019 Ringman Contest
  • 3rd Place: Dennis Huggins
  • 2nd Place: Ron Spiva
  • 1st Place: Spencer Wilson
The 2019 Pro Bid Calling Contest
  • 2nd Place: Tony Wisely & Dennis Huggin
  • 1st Place: Junior Staggs
Advertising contest winners
  • Color Sale Bill: Border Town Auctions
  • Black and White Sale Bill: Bid Last & Win
  • Photography: Stafford Auction
  • Postcard: King Real Estate
  • Stationary: Bid Last & Win
  • Newspaper: Bid Last & Win
  • Website: Witcher Auctions
  • Social Media Page: Witcher Auctions

Last but not least, each year the AAA chooses an individual for the prestigious title of the AAA Hall of Fame Inductee. This year, Willie Morgan was selected for this honor.

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.

Arkansas Auctioneers Association 2018 Convention

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2020 Convention – Arkansas Auctioneers Association

Save The Date!
January 30th - February 2nd, 2020

Location: 2020 Hotel Hot Springs,
305 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs

Thursday, January 30 | Pre Convention

  • 6:00 pm - till | Social Time, Meet & Greet, Music | Hospitality Room Suite #1111

Friday, January 31

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am | Registration & Check in | Coffee with Trade Show Vendors
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Trade Show Open with Vendors
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am | Support Staff Class by Auction Flex
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm | The Bump & Howdy | Morgan Hopson
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am | How to Navigate Your Association Website | Katie Lappe Eckhardt
  • 10:30 am - 12:30 pm | Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms & Explosives | Erik Longnecker
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Town Hall Meeting • Lunch Provided by Vendors • Board Speeches
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Old School Auctioneers in a New Technology World | J.B. Robinson Sr
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | A Fair Deal is a State of Mind | Mike Fisher
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Vendor Introductions & Prize Drawn in Trade Show
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Rookie & Pro Bid Calling & Ringman Contestants Meeting
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Social Time | Hospitality Room Suite #1111
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres w/cash bar | Ball Room
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | 1st Round Pro Bid Calling, Rookie, & Ringman Contests ★ Fun Auction
  • 9:00 pm - 12:00 am | Social Time | Hospitality Room Suite #1111

Saturday, February 1

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am | Registration for Real Estate Continuing Education
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am | AAA Registration & Checkin | Coffee with Trade Show Vendors
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm | Teach the Teacher | Paul Colvin, Real Estate CE
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Trade Show Open with Vendors
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am | Front & Center | Morgan Hopson
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Expediting the Auction | JB Robison Sr
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | AAA Membership Meeting • Lunch Provided by Vendors • Nominations & Elections
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Teach the Teacher | Real Estate CE (cont) | Paul Colvin
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | The Auction 3 Step; Engagement, Preview, Auction Day | Mike Fisher
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Auction PR Pro | Brigitte Kruse
  • 4:30 pm | Jr Bid Calling, Champion of Champions & Pro Finals Contestant Meeting
  • 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm | Social Time | Hospitality Room Suite #1111
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Presidents Banquet, Board Installation & Hall of Fame Awards
  • 7:30 pm - till | Jr Contest, Champion of Champions, Final Round Bid Calling, Contest & Marketing Awards

Sunday, February 2

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Ray at the Horse Races ~ "Arkansas Auctioneer Classic"| Oaklawn Racetrack

Note: Special Reserved Searing Section at the Track ~ Tickets at AAA Registration

CONTEST RULES!

  • Other than Junior Auctioneer contestants, all contestants must be paid members of the AAA and paid registrants for the AAA convention of the year they are competing.
  • Contestants do NOT have to be licensed to compete in any competition
  • NO entry fee for any competitions
  • Arkansas residence is not required for any contest
  • Contestants may enter as many Divisions for which they qualify. Contestant must not have ever won the Division(s) they are entering.
  • Champion of Champions competition will only be held every 5 years as participation allows
  • A panel of judges who are NOT Arkansas residents will be assembled by the AAA Board of directors. Judge panel will consist of 3-5 judges, preferably auctioneers.
  • Score sheets appropriate for each competition will be provided for each judge in each competition.
  • Judges shall remain the same for all contests, preliminary and finals. If a judge change is required, the AAA Board of Directors will appoint a competent replacement judge.
  • The AAA Board of Directors will make every attempt possible to avoid bias and/or partiality to any contestant(s) for any reason
  • Contestants MUST attend the roll call and contestants meetings at 4pm on Friday and/or Saturday of the AAA convention, prior to that evening’s competitions if they are to compete that night.
  • Contestant orders will be drawn at the respective contestants and roll call meetings prior to each evening’s competitions.
  • Microphones and sound system will be adjusted and set during contestant meetings and will not be adjusted at any point during the competitions. All contestants will be allowed a sound / mic check during the contestants meetings.
  • Auctioneer competition contestants will not be assisted by ringmen in any of the competitions.
  • Contestants understand that by competing in any competition, they are volunteering, should they win, to be an ambassador for the AAA and the auction industry at large. They will make every attempt to make appearances as needed for future events and agree to appear in press releases and promotion for the AAA.
  • Should a situation arise that is not addressed in the Contest Rules, it is the duty of the Contest Committee to fairly, honestly and without prejudice arrive at a solution and inform the AAA President of their decision. The majority decision of the Contest Committee is final.

Ringman Competition: $250 + buckle to winner, 2ndand 3rd place trophy Junior Auctioneer Competition: … $250 + buckle to winner, 2nd and 3rd place trophy Rookie Auctioneer Competition: $500 + buckle to winner, 2nd and 3rd place trophy Pro Auctioneer Competition: $1500 + buckle to winner, $500 + trophy to 2nd place, 3rd place trophy Champion of Champions Competition: $1,000 + buckle to winner, 2nd and 3rd place trophy

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, no minimum age
  • One Auctioneer will be designated by the AAA Board of directors to sell ALL items for ALL contestants. The previous year’s Pro Division champion will be the default choice. If he/she is unable to participate for any reason, AAA will choose an Auctioneer for the competition at its own discretion.
  • Contestants must bring 2 items with a value of $25 or more for the competition.
  • Contestants will be provided a microphone on a floor stand and will introduce themselves and represent their own donated items in the competition.
  • The designated Auctioneer will ONLY call bids for the items and rely on contestant to catch all bids. The Auctioneer will make every possible attempt to perform uniformly for all contestants.
  • Contest will consist of one round with each contestant representing (2) items.
  • Ringman competition will be held on Friday night of the AAA convention, beginning at 6pm CST.
  • Contestants’ scores will be tabulated at the end of the ringman competition. The top three scoring contestants will be announced and awards presented at the end of the Saturday night competitions.

  • Contest will consist of boys and girls combined, under the age of 18 with no minimum age
  • Contestants must bring 2 items with a value of $25 or more for the competition.
  • Contest will consist of one round with each contestant representing (2) items. Contestants will sell the items they bring for the competition.
  • Junior Auctioneer competition will be held on Saturday night of the AAA convention, beginning at 6:00pm CST.
  • Contestants’ scores will be tabulated at the end of the Junior competition. The top three scoring contestants will be announced and awards presented at the end of the Saturday night competitions.

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, over the age of 18
  • Contestants must be a paid member of the AAA, a paid convention registrant and and have been an active Auctioneer for less than 2 years.
  • Contestants must bring 2 items with a value of $25 or more for the competition.
  • Contest will consist of one round with each contestant representing (2) items. Contestants will sell the items they bring for the competition.
  • Rookie Auctioneer competition will be held on Friday night of the AAA convention, beginning immediately after the Ringman competition.
  • Contestants’ scores will be tabulated at the end of the Rookie competition. The top three scoring contestants will be announced and awards presented at the end of the Saturday night competitions.

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, over the age of 18
  • Contestants must be a paid member of the AAA, a paid convention registrant and and have been an active Auctioneer for more than 2 years.
  • Contestants must bring 4 items with a value of $25 or more for the competition.
  • Contest will consist of one preliminary round with each contestant representing (2) items. Preliminary round will be held on Friday night of the AAA convention immediately after the Rookie Auctioneer competition.
  • Contestants will draw for the order they will compete in the preliminary round at Friday’s contestant meeting and roll call.
  • The number of contestants that advance to the finals round will be determined by the total number of contestants as follows: Up to 15 contestants entered = Top Five (5) Finalists to compete in Final Round, 16-25 Contestants = Top Eight (8) Finalists to compete in Final Round, 26 or more Contestants = Top Ten (10) Finalists to compete in Final Round
  • Finals round will consist of an interview portion with each contestant answering 2 questions then selling 2 items immediately following the Junior Auctioneer competition on Saturday night of the AAA convention.
  • Items sold in the finals round will consist of remaining items donated by at large contestants and additional items provided by the AAA as needed. Contestants will draw at the Saturday contestants meeting for the order they will sell in the finals round.
  • Contestants’ scores will be tabulated at the end of the Pro competition. The top three scoring contestants will be announced and awards presented at the end of the Saturday night competitions.
  • Winner of Pro Division Auctioneer Competition agrees to be the Auctioneer for the next year’s AAA convention ringman competition.

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, who have previously been crowned the Arkansas Professional Division champion Auctioneer. This contest will be held every fifth year of AAA conventions.
  • Contestants must be a paid member of the AAA, and a paid convention registrant.
  • Contestants must bring 2 items with a value of $25 or more for the competition.
  • Contest will consist of one round with each contestant representing (2) items. Contestants will sell the items they bring for the competition.
  • Champion of Champions Auctioneer competition will be held on Saturday night of the AAA convention, beginning immediately after the Pro division finals Bid calling round.
  • Contestants’ scores will be tabulated at the end of the competition. The top three scoring contestants will be announced and awards presented at the end of the Saturday night competitions.