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The Auction Industry Heats Up at Wisconsin Auctioneers Association WINTER CONVENTION!
The temperatures outside may have been subzero, but inside an Appleton, Wis. hotel it was hot with excitement about the auction industry!
Auctioneers from throughout Wisconsin gathered at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Appleton on January 26-28 for “Spotlight on the Auctioneer” Wisconsin Auctioneers Association’s Winter Conference. The conference featured speakers, entertainment and competitions among countless other opportunities. Nationally known auctioneer Mike Brandly, CAI, presented seminars on “Baby Boomers & Demographics” as well as a very interesting seminar on “Auction Verdicts.” Another national speaker presenting at this year’s event included auctioneer David Whitley, CAI, who spoke on several auction industry- related topics. Dr. Jonathan Bock, and speech – language pathologists Carrie Katata and Caroline Ziegler presented on auctioneer voice health.
Highlights of the Winter Convention included the Monday evening Gala & Dinner where some of the Association’s most prestigious honors took place. Auctioneer Nellie Beland of Superior Auction & Appraisal LLC was inducted into the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association’s Hall of Fame! Beland has demonstrated her dedication through her leadership in the industry, where she has held many positions including President of the WAA in 2008. Family, friends and staff surprised Beland during the presentation as she received the award.
Pam Teasdale of Teasdale & Gill Auctions in Shullsburg was inducted into the Auxiliary Hall of Fame! Pam was noted for her generosity to the auction business and support to the WAA Auxiliary.
Other Award Winners include:
Friend of the Industry: Linda Zinkle-Everitt
State Champion Auctioneer: Bryan Mergen
2014 Ringman’s Champion: Steve Strey
2014 Novice Champion: Chris Sund
2014 Old-Timer’s Champion: Randy Gill
2014 Media Contest Awards:
1st place Photography – Sterling Auction & Realty Services
1st place Website – Sterling Auction & Realty Services
1st place Catalog – W. Yoder Auction LLC
1st place News/publication – Hamele Auction Service
1st place Postcard/Direct Mailer – Hansen & Young
1st place Novice – Quality Auctions & Service
Best of Show – Beloit Auction & Realty Inc.
Election of officers took place at the Annual Meeting. The 2014 President of the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association is Tim Miller of Merton, WI. Other officer positions include Past President Carol Miller, President-Elect Kathy Packard, Vice-President Bryce Hansen, and Treasurer David Koning. Directors include: Rodney Freymiller, Travis Hamele, Kendall Thiel, Sterling Strathe, Jeff Hines, and Carol Wagenson.