In her 11th attempt at the title, she was the first woman to win the competition, which featured 78 contestants, according to a news release. Boots-Sutton won the National Auctioneers Association’s International Auctioneer Championship in 1999.
Boots-Sutton, of Horizon Land & Auction, Bowling Green, Mo., received a trophy, diamond ring and $5,000. Reserve Champion was James Pendleton, of Salt Lick, Ky.
In the team competition, Pendleton and Dustin Taylor won the top prize, which included $5,000. Peter Gehres, CAI, CES, of United Country — Gryphon Realty & Auction Group, Lewis Center, Ohio, won the Sportsmanship Award.
NIADA TV (National Independent Automobile Dealers Association) broadcasted the championship live for the first time. It had more than 125,000 viewers.
“This was one of the best championships in history,” says World Automobile Auctioneers Championship President Paul C. Behr, CAI, BAS. “Every contestant did their best, and the close scores reflected the high caliber of talent of the contestants.”
The 2013 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship is scheduled to take place at Midway Auto Auction, Waco, Texas, on May 17.