Changing the industry
In his 45-year career, Ray Sims, the Auctioneer largely responsible for helping shape the modern cattle auction, never had a job.
“I guess you could say all through my profession I don’t guess I ever did a day’s work,” Sims, 88, of Raymore, Mo., says.
Of course, that’s because Sims loved his role as one of the nation’s most prominent purebred cattle Auctioneers. In the 1950s and 1960s, he developed these auctions into fast-paced, efficient and exciting events.
For his contributions to the livestock industry, Sims will be awarded the Saddle & Sirloin Club’s Portrait Award, one of the profession’s highest honors, during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 14.
Sims is the first Auctioneer in more than 55 years to receive the award.
Sims became a member of the National Auctioneers Association in 1955 and entered the association’s Hall of Fame in 1990. He also served on its Board of Directors.
Sims also was the inspiration behind Leroy Van Dyke’s hit song “The Auctioneer.” NAA Auctioneer Van Dyke of Leroy Van Dyke Enterprises, Smithton, Mo., is Sims’ second cousin.