2020 WI Champion Auctioneer
Ryan Adams, Gays Mills, WI

Ryan works as a full time auctioneer at Adams Auction and Real Estate, a first generation auction company that he and his brother Seth Adams founded in 2006 at the ages of 18 and 20 years old.  Together they run hundreds of auctions yearly ranging from Real Estate, Farm, Livestock, Produce, Estates, and Hay.  Ryan graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2006.  Since then he has went onto incorporate real estate into the auction business.  Ryan holds his real estate broker license in both Wisconsin and Iowa, Adams Auction and Real Estate not only sells real estate at auction but lists and sells real estate on a daily basis.

Auctioneering has always been in Ryan's blood.  Some of his favorite childhood memories were attending cattle auctions with his dad and brother, watching the auctioneer work never got old.  Ryan also donates many hours throughout the year doing benefit auctions for multiple causes throughout the community.  When not working hard for his client's, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife Megan and their two children, Cash-3 and Evelyn-1, he also enjoys raising Red Angus cattle, riding horse, hunting, and fishing.  He enjoys chatting auctions with new and old clients, customers, and friends.  He states the coffee is always hot and the doors always open.

The Wisconsin Auctioneer Championship will start with a preliminary round at our annual conference. The event will be held on Sunday evening following the Novice Contest. The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association encourages all members to join us for the prelims as either a contestant or part of a supportive audience. Registration is open to all members.

The forerunner to this contest was the “State Fair Bid-Calling Contest,” started in 1991 by the “singing auctioneer” Le Roy Van Dyke and the late Roy D. Holler, a past president of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association. During the first nine years, contestants were judged only on their bid calling.

In 1999, the contest was changed to the “Wisconsin State Auctioneer Champion” contest, a preliminary competition to the International Auctioneer Championship conducted at the National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. Unlike the first nine years, the contest now includes interviews with the finalists.

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