2019 WI Champion Auctioneer
Jenny Markham-Gehl, Genesee, WI
Jenny works as a Fundraising Auctioneer/Consultant for Bravo Benefit Auctions and as a contract auctioneer/ringmen to assist area auctioneers. Motivated to learn more about auto auctions, this past year Jenny started to work for ADESA Chicago Auto Auction and Mecum Classic Car Auctions operating their live block platforms. During the summer months, Jenny manages Fun Rental, a Waukesha County Company offering party rentals. Jenny is a proud member of the Wisconsin, Iowa and National Auctioneer Associations.
Currently, Jenny serves as a director for the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association and serves on the NAA Community of Practice Benefit Resource Team. Jenny is 2nd generation auctioneer and a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering, Professional Ringman's Institute, Benefit Ringman's Summit and the University of Northern Iowa. Jenny, and her husband Matt of 19 years have two teen aged sons Alex and Jacob. Jenny and her family enjoy RV trips and spending time on the lake.
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.Contestant Rules