Missouri Auctioneer Wins International Ringman Championship

This release came across the wire. It’s our position that the best ringperson stays out of the way and simply reports bids to the auctioneer in the case that the auctioneer doesn’t see the bids. We recognize that there are some parts of the country where it’s expected that the ringstaff be more affable and “in the faces” of prospective bidders and while we’ll never understand it, we’ll respect it. Congratulations to Mr. Younger on a job well done.

July 15, 2009, Overland Park, Kan. – Mark Younger of Maryville, Missouri was awarded the title of International Ringman Champion this evening at the 60th International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Overland Park, Kansas.  This year was the third year for the competition and fifteen ringmen participated. The event is presented in partnership with the Professional Ringmen’s Institute.

A second generation auctioneer, Mr. Younger started in the auction business at 14 and has been in the business for over 33 years. Younger owns and operates Younger Land & Auction LLC with his sister Anitta.  The auction firm specializes in antique, real estate and farm machinery auctions.  In addition to competing in the International Ringman Championship competition, Mark will also compete Friday in the International Auctioneer Championship competition.

Emmette Barron, CCIM of Decatur, Alabama was awarded first runner-up in the competition, followed second runner-up, Sam “The Hitman” Grasso of Baltimore, Maryland.

Mark displayed his talents and bid spotting skills and was judged along with his fellow competitors on his ability to interact with the audience and communicate bids to the auctioneer.  As the 2009 International Ringman Champion, Mark will receive a championship ring, $5,000 in prize money, and a trophy.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has competed in multiple state auctioneer contests including placing twice within the top 5 in Kansas. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.