The weekend of February 15-16, 2019 was a busy one for Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association (OSAA). This is when auctioneers from across Oklahoma gather for the Annual OSAA Winter Meeting, in Oklahoma City, OK, at the Embassy Suites Downtown OKC.
While several auctioneers come for the educational classes, the convention offers many more opportunities for both seasoned veterans of the auction profession as well as newcomers to the industry. Some say it’s the competition that attracts them. Others say it’s the entertaining nature of the business. Whatever the case, people everywhere are sold on auctions.
Real estate, collector cars, antiques, art, business equipment, electronics, livestock…it’s hard to name something that hasn’t been sold at auction. No one understands this better than the auctioneer himself. People who attend auctions often only see the auctioneer as someone who shows up the day of the auction and “talks fast”. Ask any full time auctioneer and you will find out that there is more to it then fast talking.
On Friday, February 15, the 2019 OSAA Winter Meeting kicked off with our Annual Competitions including the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Championship Bid Calling Champion, the sought after title at each years’ meeting. This is where men and women alike compete for this prestigious title and the opportunity to represent Oklahoma, not only at a state level, but also at the National Auctioneer Champion Contest held in New Orleans this summer.
Each year, we host an Advertising Contest for our membership, the winners are as follows.
- Color Brochure—Schroeder Real Estate and Auction Co.
- Color Sale Bill—United Country Heard Auctions & Real Estate
- Black & White Sale Bill—Smith & Co. Auction & Realty, Inc.
- Photography—United Country Heard Auctions & Real Estate
- Postcard—United Country Heard Auctions & Real Estate
- Stationary—Lippard Auctioneers Inc.
- Newspaper—Entz Auction & Realty Inc.
- Website—Entz Auction & Realty Inc.
- Social Media Page—Lippard Auctioneers Inc.
- Commercial Video—Lippard Auctioneers Inc.
- Radio Spot—Smith & Co. Auction & Realty, Inc.
There is truly something for everyone at this convention, in addition to Champion Bid Calling, the Rookie & Jr.
Contests are included for the novice beginner and the Ringman competition is fierce. The following winners were announced at the 2018 Winter Meeting.
- The 2019 Ringman Competition: Reserve Champion—Jennifer Queen & Champion—Ron L. Spiva
- The 2019 Rookie Reserve Champion Sam Stomper, Rookie Champion—Cade Richeson
- The 2019 Jr Contest Champion—Brandon Mendoza
- The 2019 Finalist Bid Callers: Matt Sandmann, Jimmie Dean Coffey, Chris Foster, Buck Hutchens, Lee Frisendahl, Tony Wisely, Zach Vierheller, Tom Johnson
- The 2019 Pro Bid Calling Competition: 3rd Place—Jimmie Dean Coffey, Reserve Champion—Matt Sandmann & the 2019 Pro Bid Calling Champion is Tony Wisely.
- Last but not least, each year the OSAA chooses one member for the prestigious title of the OSAA Hall of Fame Inductee. This year, LeRoy Hendren received this honor.
Auctioneers create a competitive and entertaining atmosphere that attracts consumers to the sale. Their hand gestures, eye contact with the crowd and their rhythmic “chant” stirs buyers and brings the sale to life. It’s what separates auctions from other types of sales. Though one of the oldest methods of sale around, auctions continue to thrive and grow and are held today around the world. Auctioning has stayed tried and true with the times and continues to be a favorite among buyers and sellers.
New board members: Corky Heard President, Buck Hutches Vice President, directors: Tony Wisely, Barrett Bray & Zach Vierheller. Barrett is a three year & Zach is a 2 year position.
***Arkansas added Kirk Witcher and Dennis Huggins to replace Matt Godbehere & Brad Wooley, Kirk & Dennis have 3 year terms.
CONTACT: Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association, Cali Crissup, Executive Director @ 580-327-7525 or firstname.lastname@example.org