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Andy White, Megan McCurdy win 2013 International Auctioneer Championships


Andy White and Megan McCurdy hold their trophies after winning the men’s and women’s divisions of the 2013 NAA International Auctioneers Championship.

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – The International Auctioneer Championship began last Friday morning began with 100 contestants — 73 men and 27 women. That evening, the field was whittled down to 15 men’s finalists and seven women’s finalists.

And by night’s end at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Andy White, CAI (Ashland, OH), and Megan McCurdy, CAI, BAS (Wichita, Kan.), stepped ahead of the others, won their respective fields, and took their iconic places among the world’s best collection of auction talent known as IAC Champions.

In other words, as any past IAC Champion can attest, their lives just changed as the pair will go on to represent the NAA and the auction industry for the next year at many state association meetings, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and through a host of local, regional and national media opportunities.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I think I made it through [my speech] as best I can make it through it,” an emotional White told a packed ballroom. “Judges thank you so much. NAA, thank you so much. And again, if I have not met you, I look forward to meeting you, and I look forward to representing you.”

Before this year, White had competed four times in the IAC (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012). He was the Ohio state bid calling champion in 2007.

Some 45 minutes after the event had completed, a still very amped McCurdy paused long enough from taking celebration photos and accepting congratulations from a myriad of well-wishers to share her thoughts on a long, trying, competitive day.

“It’s pretty amazing,” McCurdy said. “It was a fantastic day. It was full of tough competitors all day long in the men’s and women’s division.

“I’m just very thankful to the NAA and everybody who participated in it. It was just an amazing day. I’m excited to see what the future holds and what the next year holds for me. But, I’m ready to do anything I can for this industry.”

Like White, McCurdy had also participated in the IAC four times prior to this year (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012), and was a state bid-calling champion, having won the Kansas title in 2010. She also is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Kansas Auctioneers Association.

Earlier in the evening, Halie Behr earned the 2013 International Junior Auctioneer Championship (ages 12-18), becoming the second female in two straight years, and the second female overall, to win the competition, which began in 2007, following Julia Sparks in 2012.

Also, Chad “Cracker” Johnson, BAS (Chiefland, Fla.), was awarded the Chuck Cumberlin Sportsmanship award – a designation that drew a standing ovation from the packed house of his industry peers.


Men’s: First runner-up, Dustin Rogers, CAI (Mount Airy, NC); Second runner-up, Jason Miller (Quaker City, OH)

Women’s: First runner-up, Christine Strobietto (Jay, OK); Second runner-up, Emily Wears, ATS, BAS (Solon, Iowa)


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The IAC entry deadline is May 25

DSC_6691Editor’s note: The following letters to the editor appeared in the May 2011 issue of Auctioneer magazine.

Consider competition for skill enhancement, networking

Fellow NAA Auctioneers:

I would like to remind and encourage all Auctioneers to enter the 2011 International Auctioneers Championship this July in Orlando, Fla. The entry deadline is May 25.

Being an IAC contestant has always been a great learning experience that has greatly improved my auctioneering skills and ability. The experience of performing with the “best” Auctioneers, while being judged by your peers, will make you focus on doing your very best! Plus, the networking and fellowship opportunity is second to none.

For those who are considering being contestants, I would like to share some tips:

– It’s OK to be nervous — “Where there is no fear, there is also no respect”
– Make a friend, be a friend
– Learn something about others, or yourself, that you can use to improve your abilities
– Ask for honest advice
– Study and understand the scoring criteria
– Be yourself, relax, breathe, smile and have fun

To me, these are the things that make the IAC a positive learning experience. I believe it is what being a National Auctioneers Association member is truly all about. During the contest, it seems like you are not competing against each other, but with each other — with encouragement, advice and opinions freely shared. Everyone wants YOU to have your best day ever!

Being named the 2010 IAC men’s division champion was absolutely incredible! I am very excited and looking forward to seeing you in Orlando. Send your IAC entry form in today!


Eli Detweiler Jr., CAI

Happy spring fellow NAA Auctioneers:

I hope life finds you all well. I am having a very exciting, rewarding and humbling year representing the National Auctioneers Association and auction industry as the 2010 International Auctioneers Championship winner – women’s division. I feel extremely grateful and blessed for the opportunities I have been given and the relationships I have formed because of this honor.

Looking back from 2005 (my first year of entering the contest) until now, my experience has been nothing but positive. Even though I will never stop growing, I am a better Auctioneer because of my commitment to not give up and stick with it. I look forward to the upcoming convention in Orlando, Fla., and I want to strongly encourage everyone to attend Conference and Show and enter the IAC competition.

We have all heard this over and over, but it couldn’t be more true — the education, networking and friendships you will gain are truly priceless! Again, with all of my heart I encourage you to “believe in yourself” and enter the 2011 IAC, because no matter what the outcome is, the experience will be rewarding.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando!


Kristine Fladeboe-Duininck, BAS

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Connect for Success at Conference and Show

Registration for the 2010 International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Greensboro, N.C., begins March 1. Information on how to register, as well as hotel information, can be found in the conference brochure and forms booklet scheduled to arrive with your March issue of Auctioneer. Or, you may access the information beginning March 1 online at www.auctioneers.org.


For this year’s Conference and Show, there are an array of changes of which you need to be aware. Please take a moment to read the following:

  • The President’s Gala, typically held Saturday evening, has moved to Thursday evening. So what’s there to do on Saturday? We continue to offer educational seminars on Saturday morning as well as the Children’s Auction. We officially close the conference on Saturday afternoon with the new Recognition Ceremony luncheon, during which we recognize our NAA leadership and committees for their outstanding service to the association and the auction industry.
  • The IAC Lunch of Champions is now a breakfast taking place Saturday morning.
  • The Women Auctioneers Dinner has also moved to Saturday morning as a breakfast.
  • The NAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame and Past President’s Luncheon has moved to Friday as well as the Auxiliary Hall of Fame committee meeting.
  • The Trade Show closes at 5 p.m. Friday (instead of 1 p.m. Saturday).
  • The recognition of NAA leadership, typically awarded during the President’s Gala, has moved to Saturday afternoon’s Recognition Ceremony luncheon.
  • The NAA has developed a new hotel deposit policy. A $150 deposit is due for each room reservation at the time of booking reservations through NAA Travel, and the deposit will be applied toward your total hotel bill. If a room reservation is canceled after May 27, for any reason other than illness or death, there will be no refund. This new policy was developed because NAA is charged hotel attrition fees for unused rooms, and the deposit will help defray those costs.

What’s new for 2010

Here are the conference’s new networking opportunities:

Coffee and Conversation

Wednesday, July 14 at 7:45 a.m. before the Opening Session
Enjoy a morning beverage while interacting with fellow Auctioneers, whether it’s a first-time encounter or a long-awaited reunion.

Networking Lunches at the Trade Show
Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Connect with experienced auction professionals like Steve Proffitt, Jane Campbell-Chambliss, Manson Slik, Rob Doyle, Stephen Karbelk and Darron Meares. These pros will be available in a casual environment where you can visit, ask questions and share experiences.

Educational Seminars
There will be 10-to-15 minutes at the end of each conference educational seminar to visit one on one with the instructor or with classmates.

Affordable Payment Plan
NAA is offering a payment plan option for your registration fees for those who register before May 25. This offer is available for credit-card payments only (credit cards must be valid through June 30).

IAC prize
The IAC cash prize awarded to the champion of both the male and female divisions has changed to $5,000.

Two new field trips

Explore Replacements, Ltd.
Wednesday, July 14, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Explore 300,000 square feet of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. This enormous warehouse is home to more than 10 million pieces of china, silver, crystal and collectibles and their huge inventory of many discontinued items that are hard to find. This field trip qualifies for CE credits. Preregistration and additional fees are required.

Greensboro Auto Auction Experience
Thursday, July 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tour the South’s leading independent dealer, exclusive auto auction. GAA’s new state-of-the-art, 16-lane facility has room for thousands of dealers and can support a sale running more than 5,000 vehicles on any given Wednesday. This field trip qualifies for CE credits. Preregistration and additional fees are required.

New Young Professionals and Children conference registration packages
NAA is offering two new conference registration package options for Young Professionals ages 16-25 and children ages 3-15.

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