Overland Park, Kan., July 18, 2009 – Looking back, it wasn’t that long ago that Justin Schultis, 18, of Fairbury, Nebraska sold his first item at auction, a wash tub. At the age of 13, Justin knew his future profession early on. The roots of auctioneering run deep in the Schultis family tree. Justin’s family of auctioneers started with his great-grandfather Irvin, followed by his grandfather Wayne and his father Aaron.
“I guess you could say I was born an auctioneer,” said Justin. “My mother used to clerk for our family auctions when she was pregnant with me and I loved auctions before I knew auctions.”
The future is bright for Justin. Graduating FairburyHigh School in May 2009, Justin has already begun taking courses for his real estate license and will begin business classes at SoutheastCommunity College in Lincoln, Nebraska in the fall. Justin plans to manage a busy schedule between the classroom and the auction ring, helping the family’s general auction business.
Justin is the son of Aaron Schultis and Connie Schouboe.
Issac Schultz, 18, of Upsala, MN was awarded 1st runner-up, followed by Paige Sullivan, 18, of Prague, OK in this year’s IJAC competition.
Overland Park, Kan. July 17, 2009 – Eighty-eight auctioneers from across the United States competed today in the preliminary rounds of the 21st International Auctioneer Championship competition. The competition is sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association and occurs during the 60th annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show. The IAC finals will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Overland Park Convention Center. To view live streaming video of the IAC finals visit www.naameeting.com.
Men’s Division Finalists: (Alphabetical Order)
Paul Adams, CAI – Middleton, ID
Kevin Borger – Hutchinson, KS
Cory Craig – Troylorville, IL
Eli Detweiler, Jr., CAI – Ruffin, NC
Rodney Johnson, AARE, BAS – Cannon Falls, MN
Cody Lowderman – Colchester, IL
Joseph Mast – Millersburg, OH
Paul McCartan – Rochester, MN
Trev Moravec – Lincoln, NE
Mike Nuss – Gering, NE
Troy Orr – Jamestown, ND
Zach Shelley – Haure de Grace, MD
Kevin Teets, CAI, CES – Mt. Clare, WV
Andy White – Ashland, OH
Mark Younger – Maryville, MO
Women’s Division Finalists: (Alphabetical Order)
Regina Andrijeski – Curtis, NE
Camille Booker, CAI – Richland, WA
Kristine Duininck, BAS – Spicer, MN
Anita Younger-Espey – Maryville, MO
Letitia Frye – Scottsdale, AZ
Heidi Hill, BAS, CES – Union, OR
Terri Walker, CAI, BAS, CES – Memphis, TN
Perhaps the most attended event of the International Auctioneers Conference and Show, the competition began in 1988 with the first IAC title being awarded to Paul C. Behr, CAI, of Denver, Colo. The IAC Women’s Division began in 1994, which was won by Marcy Goldring-Edenburn, CAI, of Farmington, Ill.
The top male and female winners of the IAC receive a cash prize of $10,000, trophy, and ring. The IAC competitors are judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. Participants are also judged on their answers of interview questions.
Overland Park, Kan.July 16, 2009 – The National Auctioneers Association (NAA), the largest professional organization for auctioneers and auction professionals, has elected a new slate of officers and board of directors to lead the organization for the coming year. The election occurred earlier today during the 60th International Auctioneers Conference and Show at the Overland Park Convention Center.
2009-2010 election results:
President: Scott Musser, CAI, BAS – Pasco, WA
President-elect: Mark Rogers, CAI, AARE – Mt. Airy, NC
Vice president: Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS – Glencoe, AL
Director: Robert Mayo, CAI, AARE, ATS – Kansas City, MO
Director: Harold Musser, CAI – Cody, WY
Director: Merle Booker, CAI, GPPA – Eltopia, WA
Appointed Director: Joe Calhoun – Kansas City, MO
With this passing of the gavel, past NAA President Randy Wells, will assume the position of Chairman of the Board, which was held by former President Tommy Williams, CAI. The newly-appointed Directors will join nine existing Directors on the Board. Joe Calhoun, business consultant, was appointed by President Musser to sit on the Board; his term will last for one year. Kurt Aumann, Nokomis, Ill., will take over as Chairman of the Education Institute Board of Trustees. Scott Schumann, Eaton, Colo., will fill the Vice Chairman of the Education Institute position.
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.
July 15, 2009, Overland Park, Kan. – Three young auctioneers were selected to advance to the finals of the National Auctioneer Association’s third annual International Junior Auctioneers Championship (IJAC) competition. The three finalists will compete for the coveted title at 8 a.m., Friday, July 17 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The competition is sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and occurs during the 60th International Auctioneers Conference and Show.
Justin Schultis, 18
Schultis & Son, Inc.
Issac Schultz, 18
Paige Sullivan, 18
Spitler-Sullivan Auction & Realty
The IJAC is open to youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, trophy, and complimentary registration into the adult division of the International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) when he or she meets the minimum age requirement. The first runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize and the second runner-up will receive a $250 cash prize. All participants receive a medallion and most importantly, an invaluable learning experience competing against other elite junior level auctioneers.