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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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Conference and Show keynote speaker to provide magic and motivation

By Ryan Putnam
associate editor

Magic touch

Devin Henderson You might think 2010 International Auctioneers Conference and Show keynote speaker Devin Henderson has something up his sleeve.

Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out what it is, though, because in the mean time he’ll probably have swiped your wristwatch.

Never fear, the National Auctioneers Association hasn’t resorted to booking a shady character to give the keynote address at Conference and Show — it has hired one of the most unique and entertaining speakers in the business.

Henderson has a message, but he has an unusual way of delivering it to his audience. His presentation is full of surprises and acts of magic that never fail to astound even the most astute audiences.

In addition to being an energetic motivational speaker, Henderson is an award-winning magician. He was recently named “2010 Stage Magician of the Year” by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He has appeared on FOX, CBS, NBC and multiple television commercials throughout his career. He regularly performs coast to coast in front of Fortune 500 companies, churches and college campuses.

His keynote speech: “Schmooze ‘em or Lose ‘em,” focuses on what Henderson calls “The magic of treating people well.”

Henderson built his business from the ground up and says his career is based on personal connections he has with his clients.

“Relationships with clients are just like relationships with your friends, or your relatives,” Henderson says. “Schmoozing is a way to make positive impressions on people and build up satisfying and lasting relationships with your clients. It basically boils down to the ‘golden rule,’ and how treating other people well pays dividends for everyone involved.”

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Former director, championship-winning Auctioneer to serve as education chairwoman


Barbara Bonnette, CAI, AARE, GPPA, is 2010-2011 Chairwoman for the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Trustees.

She was elected along with Vice-Chairman Steve Hunt, CAI, AARE, GPPA, during CAI 2010, which took place in late March on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

Bonnette of United Country Bonnette Auction Co. LLC, Alexandria, La., has been an Auctioneer and NAA member for more than 20 years. She also is a member of the Louisiana Auctioneers Association and Texas Auctioneers Association.

She has served as president of the Louisiana association and as vice-chairwoman of the state’s Auction License Board. Bonnette was an NAA director from 2003 to 2006, and she won the International Auctioneer Championship in 2006.

Hunt of The Auction Team, Grand Junction, Colo., founded his company with his father, Ed, in 1987, according to the company’s Web site. He specializes in appraisals and real estate, heavy equipment and business liquidation auctions.

He is a member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, for which he has served as president. He also has served as secretary/treasurer for the association.

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NAA announces winners of Rose, Massart awards

Two of the most prestigious honors given during the annual CAI designation classes are the Rose Award and Pat Massart Award.

The NAA presented the awards to Auctioneers Buddy Lee and Ruthie Taylor, respectively, during the opening session of CAI 2010 on March 21. CAI classes kicked off this week on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.


The Rose Award honors the contestant with the best auction summary, which participants in CAI III are required to complete in order to earn their CAI designations. Lee of John Dixon & Associates, Marietta, Ga., was joined in the finals by these NAA Auctioneers:

  • Tirhani Mabunda, AARE, Tirhani Auctioneers, South Africa
  • Braden McCurdy, McCurdy Auction LLC, Wichita, Kan.
  • Bobby Ewald, AARE, CES, Ewald Enterprises Inc. Dba Ewald Auction & Realty, Orlando, Fla.
  • Bill Dollinger, AARE, RE/MAX 100 Inc, Louisville, Ky.

The Pat Massart Award honors the CAI II contestant with the best auction proposal, which is required of CAI II students. Taylor of Taylor Auction & Realty Inc., Grenada, Miss., was joined in the finals by these NAA Auctioneers:

  • Warren Ward, AARE, Albert Burney Inc., Gadsden, Ala.
  • Jodi Reynolds, Aumann Auctions Inc., Nokomis, Ill.

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Video from the NAA State Leadership Conference

Primal needs

NAA Auctioneer Joe Calhoon of Priority Advantage, Kansas City, Mo., talks about four basic human needs during a presentation at the National Auctioneers Association’s annual State Leadership Conference in February 2010.

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World Ringman Championship set for Branson

Auction Ringmen from around the world plan to be in Branson, Mo., competing for the coveted title of World Ringman Champion on June 25-26, 2010.

Contestants will compete for more than $10,000 in prize money and awards. The top 10 finalists will receive a trophy, and the winner will receive a gold ring, as well, according to a news release.

The 2010 World Ringman Championship contestants will be judged while working a live benefit auction, proceeds from which will benefit Kids Are Special Too (K.A.S.T.). The organization helps children get involved in outdoor activities as opposed to drugs.

Contestants and a guest will be invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner cruise aboard the Branson Landing Princess Yacht on June 25.


The Keeter Center, at the College of the Ozarks, plans to play host to the event. Tickets to the June 26 auction include a College of the Ozarks dinner and seat reservations for the competition.

For more information, visit www.WRCBranson.com and www.KeeterCenter.edu. Or, call (417) 753-7653.

Room reservations can be made through the Keeter Center at (417) 239-1900. Mention the World Ringman Championship for a special room rate, starting at $59.

More information about the event will appear in the April issue of Auctioneer.

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