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2020 Georgia Auctioneers Association Annual Convention!

September 22 - September 25

ATTENTION

Unfortunately, we are postponing our Spring Convention & will be combining it with our Fall Conference. (Location change from Savannah to Rome)

It is scheduled for September 22-25, 2020:

Courtyard by Marriott Rome Riverwalk,
320 W 3rd St SW,
Rome, GA 30165

706-295-7006 for Reservations

More details will be sent via email as they become available.

We encourage fellow auctioneers to honor social distancing and the other guidelines provided by the government & CDC. 

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

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.

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

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.com Topic: How to Become an Auction PR Pro

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!

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.

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

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.

Details

Start:
September 22
End:
September 25
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Organizer

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

Venue

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