Congratulations to Joe Tarpley for 55 Years of Auctions!

Celebrating 55 Years of Real Estate Auctioning

Mr. Joe Tarpley just celebrated 55 years of selling real estate at auction. He helped to establish the Georgia Auctioneers Association in 1977 and has been a continued supporter of our group. Joe was inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame in 1988 and awarded by the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1988. Please join us in this walk down memory lane from Joe’s early beginnings at J.L Todd Auction Company to his current position as Associate Broker, Auctioneer & Business Development with John Dixon & Associates, located in Marietta, GA.

“Mr. Joe” 2019

“Mr. Joe” 2019

2019 GA Bid Calling Champions

Press Release

The 2019 Georgia Bid Calling Champion awards went to Frank Trunzo, Big Peach Classic Winner, Elton Baldy won GA Bid Calling Champion Title, Michael Acord is first runner up and Keith Yoder was 2nd runner up. Check out our Press Release issued January 23, 2019 for more details!! We had seven contestants, and the contest was held in conjunction with our Winter Conference Fun Auction at Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, GA on January 19, 2019.

2018 NAA Conference & Show Info – Georgia Auctioneer Group Photo

69th International Auctioneers Conference & Show
Explore the Possibilities
July 17-21 | Jacksonville, FL | #NAACS18
National Auctioneer Association (NAA) Conference in Show is close to Georgia this year in Jacksonville, Florida from July 17-21.  Take advantage of this opportunity to come out and participate in all the fun activities available. Georgia’s 2018 Bid Calling Champion will be competing in the competition.  We will also have a photo opportunity for GAA members who are present, see details below. View the full schedule and information online.
NAA Photo Opportunity for Georgia Auctioneer Association Members
Georgia Auctioneer Association President, KJ Otis, has coordinated with the National Auctioneers Association to schedule a photo opportunity for all GAA Members present at the upcoming NAA National Conference & Show in Jacksonville, FL this Summer.  If you are planning to attend the NAA Convention the Georgia State Association photo is scheduled for:
Thursday, July 19th at 12:05PM
GROUP PHOTO LOCATION: River Terrace 3. / Directions: From NAA Photographer booth cross sky bridge and stay to left. Follow River Terrace Foyer to the end of the hall.  River Terrace 3 is on the left.

New Officers

Georgia Auctioneers Association Announces New Officers & Honors

Thanks to all those who joined us at Jekyll Island, Georgia for our semi-annual conference on August 7 & 8th, 2014.   This year offered some new presenters and we want to thank all our generous sponsors:

John Dixon & Associates (Hospitality Suite)
Satellite ProLink (Member Breakfast)
Hi-Tech Signs (Education)
Hyper-Graphics (Education)
Dempsey Auction Company (Education)
MarkNet Alliance (Education)
Wallis Printing (Education)
L.W. Benton Company (Awards Dinner)

The Jekyll Island Club always provides a nice place for our members to reconnect, socialize and absorb the latest auction news and education.  Thank you our speakers, Myers Jackson, AuctioneerTim Bates of WavebidRuth Demeter of Ruthink! and Jennifer Labon of Georgia Newspaper Service.   On the morning of August 7th our new board members were voted into office and at our member meeting and later that evening our 2014-15 Board was introduced while those revolving off the board were thanked and honored for their service. Mr. Joesph Tarpley was recognized for his many years of continued service on the board. Please reach out to any of the following board members in your area.

Chairman – Gaines Dempsey
President – JT Rowell
VP – Amy Martin
Treasurer – KJ Otis
VP – North – Drew Dixon
VP – Central – Bo Benton
VP – South – Joel Wood
Director – Sherry Spence
Director – Barry Ward
Director – Scott Roberts
Director – Patty Brown
Director – Mike Loftin
Director – Van Collins
*This information was previously posted on our home page August-October 2014.  If you have questions or would like to review past officers please visit the Officers link at the top of our Home Page.

Hilda Allen Added to Georgia Auctioneer Hall of Fame

Hilda Allen of Adel, Georgia was announced as the newest member of the Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame at GAA’s summer conference on August 7, 2014.   She is the first female to receive this honor. Watch the video below to learn more about this Georgia Auctioneer who has been an active member of the Georgia Auctioneers Association for over 30 years.  Hilda served as first female GAA President in 2001 and has been a sponsor and continued supporter of the association.

Hilda’s a pioneer and worked hard to gain respect in a male dominated profession. She initially worked for Georgia Farmers Auction where she sold Farm Equipment and Real Estate at Auction. After a few successful sales she became one of the boys and they became blind to her gender. Now Ms. Allen specializes in selling golf courses at auction nationwide. Auctioneers were one of the first professionals, but this does not guarantee automatic trust. Human contact, personal interaction, education of buyers and sellers is necessary to build successful relationships. Watch the video to learn more about how Hilda values these assets and how the Georgia Auctioneers Associations focus on Education helps our members and conference attendees keep their tool box full and skills polished.

Special thanks to all our Georgia Auctioneer Hall of Fame Members for all your contributions to the industry and congratulations to Mrs. Hilda Allen!

Georgia’s First Female Bid Calling Champion Featured in Atlanta Journal

Congratulations to Amy Martin, 2014 Georgia Auctioneer Bid Calling Champion who was featured in the Atlanta Journal’s Sunday Conversation on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  Ms. Martin is a member of the Georgia Auctioneers Association and volunteers on the Board of Directors.

Competition was fierce at Georgia Auctioneers Association 2014 Winter Conference where the bid contest was held on January 25th at Lake Blackshear Resort. Scoring criteria included individual interviews with the judging panel, evaluation of properly communicating information and of course a score was given to each auctioneers chant. The quick rhythmic chant is also known as the auction cry whereas the auctioneer repeats the current monetary bid while soliciting the next bid increment. One of the most entertaining features of the chant is the filler words used to create a spoken song notorious for maintaining the attention of engaged bidders. 

Live Radio Broadcast from GAA Summer Conference

Learn more about some Georgia Auctioneers interviewed by Douglas Dennison, Host of the “National Real Estate Auction Radio Show”.  The show streamed live from Jekyll Island, Georgia during our 2013 Georgia Auctioneers Association Summer Conference. During the interview auctioneers talk about trends in the industry including online auctions, marketing, value and the auction profession in general. Several auctioneers talk about how they got started in the auction industry and share more their daily activities as an auctioneer. Auctioneers Interviewed include, Myers Jackson, Paul Behr, Tommy Rowell and Buddy Lee.  Check it out, and learn more about the Georgia Auction Industry.

Georgia Auctioneers Share Online Auction Knowledge & Experiences

When Georgia Auctioneers met at the end of January during the 2013 Winter Conference association members took the opportunity to have a knowledge sharing session in preparation for the National Auctioneers Association Internet Auction Summit to occur several weeks later in Nashville, Tennessee. The GAA Internet Auction Session was an open forum with contributions shared by many and open participation from members who asked lots of questions.  Gaines Dempsey, of Dempsey Auction Company started the discussions by sharing how he administers  his online only auction events. For the benefit of those not in  attendance for the session, Gaines Dempsey, Myers Jackson, Amy Martin and Bo Benton spoke very positively of the Internet as an auction platform. There were discussions regarding how to market online only events, Internet Auction administration, platforms available, and simulcast auction events. Gaines kindly provided a follow-up to  the discussion GAA wanted to share with those present at the Conference and our members. If you have an idea for a future knowledge sharing  session you’d like to participate in for Summer Conference please contact us with your suggestions.  Gaines Dempsey is currently Vice President of the Georgia Auctioneers Association and  third generation Auctioneer with Dempsey Auction Company, established in 1965.  Recently his company closed a Cloudland, GA sale (click for details) they sold using the Internet Auction process.  This event had six active bidders.  You can visit his auction page the view the progression of the bidding.  Online bids started at $150,000 and over a 2 hour period reached $180,000.  With constant communication and negotiation between auctioneer, realtor and active bidders the auctioneers were able to work with buyer’s realtor and ended up making a deal at $205,000.  The sale closed five days later. This example demonstrates how important communication, negotiation and  involvement are in the Internet Auction Process. Thanks everyone for sharing  your examples, questions and curiosity! 

Bo Benton, Amy Martin and Myers Jackson represented Georgia Auctioneers Association at National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Internet Auction Summit on February 5th and 6th. Their contact information is available on our website in the “Find an Auctioneer” page if you would like to contact them.