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2020 Georgia Auctioneers Association Annual Convention!

September 22 - September 25

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND!

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Hello, I am Cali Crissup and I serve as the Executive Director for the Auctioneers Associations in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia & Oklahoma. The Georgia Auctioneers Associations have an upcoming Convention & we would love to see you there! Due to COVID-19, we have moved our Spring Meeting to the Fall. All attendees must sign a COVID-19 waiver to attend our events. Please bring a mask for when social distancing is not a possibility.

If attending is not an option or you feel unsafe in doing so, please visit Conerstone CE to complete your hours online. Click the Online Class link below or contact them by phone at 888-449-3450.

The month has finally arrived for our Conference and Bid Calling Contest.  I want to thank the board for their work through everything 2020 has brought.  I want to thank you, the membership, for your patience and support.  I have had the pleasure to meet many new auctioneers from across the state and look forward to seeing everyone later this month.  We have compiled a diverse slate of speakers to touch on all areas of the auction industry. We look forward to crowning a new Bid Calling Champion and seeing who walks away in our new Champion of Champions division.  I would like to personally invite you to Rome this September to come together to learn and celebrate this industry we all love.

Thank you,
Perry T. Walden, GAA President

JOIN US IN ROME, GEORGIA, SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2020!

Georgia Auctioneers Association Annual Convention!!
SAVE THE DATE!
Networking with some of the top professionals in the business!.  Learn new ways to grow your business!

Location: Courtyard Rome Riverwalk
Room Reservation Phone: 706-295-7006

Enter the Annual Convention Contests!  Show your skills!!

Contests have a $0 Entry Fee.  In order to enter you must have a current paid membership with GAA and have registered for convention.
Junior  (16 & Under), Rookie, Ringman, and Pro
AND
Champion of Champion (Previous Champion of the Pro Bid Calling Contest)
Marketing Competitions for: Social Media, Online Media, Digital Media, Print Media

Speaker Information

Mr. Harb aka... the Auctioneer Insurance Guy, is the founder and CEO of AuctioneerInsurance.com, offered by IT Risk Managers, Inc. This program was designed by auctioneers, for auctioneers. He is a graduate of the Ohio Auction School and the Professional Ringmen Institute (PRI). Started at the beginning of the century, IT Risk Managers, Inc. is a national niche insurance broker that provides risk management solutions for niche’ industries such as the auction indus- try, technology industry or business that use technology and the cannabis industry. We are one of the industry’s premier brokers of Database or Cyber Insurance.

IT Risk Managers is licensed in all 50 states to market all types of Property and Casualty insurance products. For more information visit our website, www.AuctioneerInsurance.com Mr. Harb has over thirty years of experience in the financial services and insurance industries. During his career he has also served as an instructor at Michigan State University and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also an instructor of Auction Risk Management for the Kentucky Auction Academy, Continental Auctioneers School and the North Georgia School of Auctioneering. Mr. Harb holds a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University. . He co- authored the book Reinventing the Retail Bank published in 1994. He is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist and has written numerous articles and is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. Larry was recently named the 2020 Michigan Ringman Champion!

Junior Staggs, CAI is a first generation auctioneer and 2007 graduate of Nashville Auction School, where he served as class president. He is a 2016 Graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute, the highest Professional Designation attainable by auctioneers. Junior is an active member of the Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Arkansas and National Auctioneers Associations. Mr. Staggs has served on various committees. Junior is an 8 Time Champion Auctioneer and Owner of The Auctioneer Print and The Bid Calling Boot Camp.

  • Owner/Auctioneer at Bid Last And Win
  • Affiliate Real Estate Broker at Empire Realty
  • Owner/Instructor at Bid Calling Boot Camp with Junior Staggs
  • Owner at The Auctioneer Print By Junior Staggs
  • Former Coach at Henry County Schools
  • Studied at Nashville Auction School, LLC
  • Studied at CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute)
  • Studied Mass Communication at University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Went to Collinwood High School
  • Lives in Puryear, Tennessee
  • Married to Katie Staggs
Topics: Online Auctions 101 & Your Phone, Your Best Friend

  • Grew up on 4th generation cattle farm in SC
  • Father Randy Ligon is past president of SC Auctioneers Association and inductee of SC Auctioneers Hall of Fame; sister is also a licensed auctioneer.
  • Graduate B.A. in Political Theory at Wofford College, Masters of Science in International Relations at The University of Edinburgh, J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law.
  • Current District 2 Representative for the Young Cattlemen's Committee of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association
  • Owner of George T. Ligon II, Attorney at Law, LLC, practicing auction law, family farm succession planning, trusts and estate planning, and small business law. Licensed in GA; inactive license in NH.  NC and SC Bar admission pending.
  • Of Counsel to the Berelc Law Office, P.C., in Lavonia, GA, serving as Outside General Counsel to the US operations of Latexco, an international textile conglomerate based in Belgium.
Topic: Success and Succession: Protecting Yourself and Your Business from Start to Finish

Christie King has been involved in the auction industry since 1987, when she joined her family’s auction business. In 2007, Ms. King received the Benefit Auctioneer Specialists designation from the National Auctioneers Association. She then established C King Benefit Auctions and began fully dedicating her efforts to helping nonprofit organizations, focusing on helping women, children, animals, and various medical foundations. Christie has assisted numerous organizations in generating millions of dollars in revenue for their causes. She was the president of the National Auctioneers Association in 2012, the first female to be elected to this position. She was also inducted into the National Auctioneers Association’s Hall of Fame in 2019. DESIGNATIONS

  • Auction Marketing Management – 2016 - National Auctioneers Association, Education Institute
  • Benefit Auctioneer Specialist – 2007 - National Auctioneers Association, Education Institute
  • Certified Auctioneers Institute – 1994 - National Auctioneers Association, Education Institute; CAI is the most prestigious designation awarded in the auction industry.
EXPERIENCE
  • National Auctioneers Foundation – 2020 – 2021 – First Female President
  • National Auctioneers Association - Foundation representative serving on the Board of Directors
  • Alabama State Board of Auctioneers – 2013 –2017 - Board Member
  • Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center – 2012 – 2015 - Board Member
  • National Auctioneers Association – 2011– 2012 - President
  • Chairman and President of Alabama Auctioneers Association 1996 – 1998
ASSOCIATIONS
  • Georgia Auctioneers Association member – 2010 to present
  • National Auctioneers Foundation member – 2000 to present
  • Alabama Auctioneers Association member – 1994 to present
  • National Auctioneer Association member – 1992 to present
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2019 National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame – member
  • 2010 Woman of Distinction Award – Girl Scouts of North-East Alabama
  • 2007 Alabama Auctioneers Hall of Fame
  • 1995 Alabama Champion Auctioneer
  • Winner of numerous state and national marketing awards FEATURES
  • Featured on CNBC “Power Lunch” – Real Estate and Marketing Conditions
  • Authored articles on behalf of National Auctioneers Association, Alabama State Board of Auctioneers, and Numerous State Auctioneers Associations
  • Adjunct Instructor at the Certified Auctioneers Institute on Benefit Auctions at Indiana University COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Member of Gadsden Ladies Business Forum
  • Etowah County Chamber of Commerce

Cheryl King is the Founder of King Title Group and the Partner for Thomas & Brown, Attorneys at Law. Cheryl is active in the Real Estate Section of the Bar. She is the Director of the Infinity Institute and frequently provides presentations to attorneys, mortgage companies and real estate companies on loan fraud, contract creation, contract interpretation, cyber security and social media. She is a certified Social Media Professional and a certified instructor for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® Partners in Education Department. Cheryl received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Richmond Law School. While attending University of Richmond, she was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology and a published author. Cheryl is a licensed REALTOR®. While she does not sell real estate, her membership as a licensee provides her the ability to participate as a member of the Georgia Association of REALTORS® for which she sits on the Legislative Affairs Committee, Professional Development Committee and the GAR Forms Exhibits Subcommittee. Topic--Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney: Don’t let title issues affect your closings at the last minute! By being attentive, asking the right questions and knowing the basics of title examinations, you can reduce – if not eliminate – last minute delays. This course not only reviews many title issues and how these issues can be addressed long before closing, but also applicable provisions of the GAR Purchase and Sales Agreements.

Brandon Neely, 2015 world livestock auctioneer. 2012 greater Midwest livestock auctioneer champion, and multiple world automobile auctioneer championship finalist. Brandon Neely NAA member. I grew up in Berkeley Springs, WV where we still operate our family farm and a cow/ calf operation. I live currently in Southside, AL. I work 5 automobile auctions weekly and 2 livestock markets weekly. Also I work throughout the US selling special feeder cattle and livestock auctions. I conduct several estate and equipment auctions throughout the year in partner with Jay lawyer auction services in WV, PA, VA, and MD. I work as a full time contract auctioneer. My speaking and Education presentations have been mainly on livestock auctioneering and automobile auctioneering. During my reign as 15’ WLAC I made over 40 guest appearances at livestock markets across the US represent- ing the Livestock Marketing Association and livestock auctioneers. I was an ambassador in promoting selling livestock the auction way. I had several interviews to highlight one with NY Times magazine and a overseas interview with BBC in Europe on livestock auctioneers.

Fifth-generation auctioneer Brigitte Kruse is the founder of GWS Auctions, which specializes in high-profile, celebrity-owned assets, royal family estates, Vietnamese artifacts, and fine jewelry sales. GWS Auctions has worked closely with members of the Presley family, MGM archives, museums, top Hollywood archive facilities and rep- resented 16 royal family collections at public sale. Recognized as a knowledgeable industry professional, Kruse has appeared on numerous national media outlets— including Forbes, Fortune Maga- zine, Fox Business National News with Maria Bartiromo, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Bloomberg, KTLA, and Good Day LA—providing valuable insights into the auction business. GWS Auctions has received wide national and international coverage from Forbes, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Economist, CNBC, USA Today, the New York Post, the Miami Herald, Associated Press and Reuters in more than 38 countries and in 32 languages. A self- made success, Kruse and her husband started the company out of their garage in 2009. GWS Auctions has grown from those humble beginnings and now has an office in Agoura Hills and manages a network of buyers all over the globe. Brigitte Kruse is the first woman auctioneer to set a Guinness World Record and is a proud member of the National Auctioneers Association, Forbes Business Council and is able to conduct auctions in five languages. She is also President of the Kruse Foundation and a Board Member of the Beverly Hills Design Institute.

Kruse GWS Auctions, Inc., provides a wide range of global experiences in every phase of the auction business, including research, advertising, inventory management, security services, cataloging and sales. Offering a dedicated team of experts, GWS Auctions, Inc., prides itself on superior auction experiences and services for both buyers and sellers. Previous auctions include a jet owned by Elvis Presley, the first ever runway fashion show auction for a U.N. Ambassador, legendary entertainment memorabilia featuring Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Whitney Houston, Steve McQueen and more, The world’s largest abandoned property auction in world history left by the wife of a famed Hollywood producer, fine jewelry, master timepieces, Vietnamese porcelains and artifacts from royal families.Find out more at: www.gwsauctions.comTopic: How to Become an Auction PR Pro

2019 Men’s International Auctioneer Championship Champion

Trey is a native of Mayfield, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University (MSU) in Murray, Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.Trey holds the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation from the National Auctioneers Association’s Education Institute. In 2016, Trey was awarded with the Pat Massart Award at the Certified Auctioneers Institute in Bloomington, IN.Trey specializes in consulting with non-profits and associations to help them achieve their fundraising goals through live auction and special appeals. He has become a fixture for organizations like American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Trey has joined forces with A-List celebrities, professional athletes, country music stars and various non-profits with a shared vision to help raise millions of dollars for worthy causes. Comfort in front of crowds and with a microphone has come from many life experiences including his role as auctioneer and block announcer for Barrett Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, featured on the Discovery Networks.With 14 years of experience in the industry, Trey also works equipment auctions, wholesale automobile auctions and maintains his own real estate auction practice. Trey was recognized as the 2019 International Auctioneers Champion, 2014 Canadian Champion Auctioneer and 2012 Kentucky State Champion Auctioneer.He is an active member and ambassador of the National Auctioneers Association and member of the Kentucky Auctioneers Association. Topic: JUMP: Making Your Goals a Reality Is it time to make the jump to the next stage of your auction career? This presentation focuses on preparing emotionally, financially and practically to achieve your next career goal or make a bold business move. Whether you are brand new in the business, currently only in the business part-time, or a seasoned pro, this presentation will equip you to take the critical steps in order to jump towards the next stage in your career.

Don't Forget to Compete in our Contests!

Awards

  • Ringman Competition: $250 + buckle to winner, 2nd & 3rd place plaques
  • Junior Auctioneer Competition: $100 + buckle to winner, 2nd & 3rd place plaques
  • Rookie Auctioneer Competition: $250 + buckle to winner, 2nd & 3rd place plaques
  • Pro Auctioneer Competition: $750 + buckle to winner, 2nd & 3rd place plaques
  • Champion of Champions Competition: $250 + buckle to winner, 2nd & 3rd place plaques
  • Pro Finalist Medallions

Schedule

Wednesday Night

  • Contestant meeting and roll call 4:00 p.m.
  • Rookie Division starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Ringmen Division
  • Pro Division Preliminary
  • Finalists Announced

Thursday Night

  • Contestant meeting and roll call 4:00
  • Banquet Starts at 6
  • Junior Division
  • Pro Division Interview / Finals
  • Champion of Champions Competition
  • Announcement of all competition winners and awards presentations

Friday Night

  • Contestant meeting and roll call 4:00 p.m.
  • Rookie Division starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Ringmen Division
  • Pro Division Preliminary
  • Finalists Announced

Saturday Night

  • Contestant meeting and roll call 4:00
  • Banquet Starts at 6
  • Junior Division
  • Pro Division Interview / Finals
  • Champion of Champions Competition
  • Announcement of all competition winners and awards presentations

2020 Contest Rules

  • Other than Junior Auctioneer contestants, all contestants must be paid registrants, either member or non member, for the GAA 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, must register for convention, member or non member unless in the Junior contest
  • Georgia 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 will be assembled by the GAA 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 GAA Board of Directors will appoint a competent replacement judge.
  • The GAA 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 GAA 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.
  • Contestants understand that by competing in any competition, they are volunteering, should they win, to be an ambassador for the GAA 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 GAA.

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, no minimum age
  • Contestants must be a paid convention registrant, member or non member.
  • One auctioneer will be designated by the GAA 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, GAA 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 GAA convention, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • 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, High School Senior & Below 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 GAA convention, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • 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 convention registrant, member or non member, and and have been an active auctioneer for less than 5 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 GAA convention.
  • 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 convention registrant and and have been an active auctioneer for more than 5 years, unless a previous Rookie Champion.
  • 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 GAA convention.
  • 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 GAA convention.
  • Items sold in the finals round will consist of remaining items donated by at large contestants and additional items provided by the GAA as needed.
  • 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.

  • Contest will consist of men and women combined, who have previously been crowned the Georgia Professional Division Champion Auctioneer OR the Georgia Peach Champion.
  • Contestants must be 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 GAA 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.

Vendor/Sponsor Opportunities

Below you will find a link that will direct you to an Eventbrite Page & allow you to select any sponsorship levels, trade-show booths or vendor opportunities. I have included a Donation button on Eventbrite, as we know not every company can do a large sponsorship. We want to recognize each and every dollar that is donated to our associations. Sponsorships must be paid for by September 10th to be on our signage!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. My phone number is 580-327-7525. If you would like to make a payment by check, please address to the association and mail to: PO Box 71, Stillwater, OK 74076.

Thank you for your time & support of the auction industry!

Cali Crissup
Executive Director
580-327-7525

All Vendor/Sponsor Opportunities are First Come, First Serve!

Details

Start:
September 22
End:
September 25
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Venue

Courtyard Rome Riverwalk
320 W. 3rd Street
Rome, GA 30165 United States
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Phone:
706-295-7006

Organizer

Georgia Auctioneers Association
Phone:
580-327-7525
Email:
gaauctioneers@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.georgiaauctioneers.org/
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