Experience, empathy key to IAC winner’s success

Camille Booker, CAI, CES, describes herself as a shy person who is not a big fan of public speaking.

But, “You hand me the microphone and I kind of transition into a different person,” says Booker of Booker Auction Co., Eltopia, Wash.

It’s that transition that helped Booker, 29, win the women’s division of this year’s International Auctioneer Championship. It was her seventh attempt at the title.

This year, she says, her experiences as an auction professional helped her excel in the interview portion of the contest, whereas in the past she says the interview was a weak point.

Booker says she felt 2011 was a good year to offer support to fellow IAC competitors, especially to those women who were new to the competition. She was more of a mentor this year, she says, because she thought fellow Auctioneers could benefit from her advice.

“I looked around the room, and I realized I’d been sitting in the room probably more times than a lot of them have,” she says. “It was my turn to help somebody else along the way.”

Booker Auction Co. conducts mostly equipment auctions and also sells real estate. Its Auctioneers book and run their own benefit auctions.

Overall, Booker says what she likes most about the auction business is its diversity. She enjoys getting to meet and know her clients — about 150 at each sale — and she likes the fact that she can wear boots and jeans one day, selling tractors and equipment, and on the next, wear an evening gown at a benefit auction.

Check out the September issue of Auctioneer to learn more about Booker and her road to the IAC win.

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