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Colorado Auctioneers Association Convention

Colorado Auctioneers Association

Auctioneers from across Colorado and surrounding states will converge in Denver, Colo., to attend the 53rd annual Colorado Auctioneers Association convention January 7-9, 2011. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza DIA Hotel and Convention Center located at 15500 E. 40th Avenue in north Denver.

As many as 150 auctioneers, auction staff and family members are expected to attend the annual event – the crown jewel of which is the annual Colorado State Bid-Calling Championship. The contest typically attracts 10 to 15 contestants who compete for the top prize as well as the opportunity to represent Colorado auctioneers at the national level during the National Auctioneers Association annual convention held in July. The public is invited to attend and watch the contestants compete for the championship, which is scheduled for Friday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is also invited to observe the CAA’s First-Timer’s Contest, in which new auctioneers compete for recognition as the top “rookie” auctioneer. That event is followed by the association’s Fun Auction – the CAA’s major annual fundraising effort. The First Timer’s competition and Fun Auction will be held on Saturday, January 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The three-day convention offers those who attend a variety of workshops and lectures dealing with the auction profession. Speakers addressing the convention include “Spanky” Assiter who has conducted auctions in the U.S., England, Canada, South America, Puerto Rico and South Africa. He is also well known as a lead auctioneer at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, frequently seen on the “SPEED” cable/satellite channel. Other speakers scheduled include contract auctioneer Eli Detweiler; Woody Clouse, a motivational speaker and the 2009 US Open and National Racquetball champion; and Forres Meadows, an expert in on-line auctions and industry technology.

The three-day event concludes on Sunday, January 9, with the annual business membership meeting and election of officers and members of the CAA Board of Directors followed by the annual Hall Of Fame luncheon in which one or more CAA members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The identity of the inductee(s) is a closely guarded secret and never revealed until the formal announcement during the luncheon.

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