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Lloyd Michael inducted into Colorado Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame

Lance Nichols
CAA President
Photo courtesy of Courtney Ostblom.Lloyd "Mike" Michael, Jr. with Harold Unrein.

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The 2011 Colorado Auctioneers Association Convention was held at the Crowne Plaza DIA in Denver, Colo., January 7-9.

Leading off an impressive line up of speakers this year, was Kris Kennedy of Auction Flex, who gave an informative presentation on the Pros and Cons of Electronic Clerking. Tommy “Spanky” Assiter, CAI, offered his behind the scenes look at the Barrett-Jackson Auction Experience. Spanky followed that up with an instructive workshop on how to Bid Call Like a Champion “both in business and in chant.”

After a dinner provided by the Colorado Auctioneers Association, Friday’s excitement culminated with the annual contest to name the 2011 Colorado Auctioneer Bid Calling Champion. In 2010, the CAA board of directors elected to award the champion auctioneer with the Chuck Cumberlin “Go your best” traveling trophy in memory of the former CAA and NAA president. Adam Kevil, of Morrison, Colo., was chosen as the 2011 CAA Champion Auctioneer and will take home the trophy. Joe Knight, of Longmont, Colo., was chosen the Runner-Up 2011 CAA Champion.

The entertainment from Saturday continued into the night with the CAA fun auction and 1st Timer Auctioneer Contest. The fun auction serves as the only fundraiser from which the CAA organization benefits every year, not to mention, is quite entertaining for all involved. The 1st Timers competition gives new auctioneers a chance to show off their skills. Any auctioneer who has completed auction training over the past year is invited to compete. The winner of the contest is awarded the coveted Troil Welton Memorial trophy, and for 2011, the winner was Dean Gunter of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sunday’s church service was lead by CAA board member and cowboy poet, John Schaffner Fellow CAA board member, Dax Gillium accompanied the service on the piano. Immediately following the church service was the CAA annual meeting where various committees give their year end reports. In addition, elections were held and the 2011 CAA Officers and Board of Directors are as follows: Chairman of the Board- Doug Carpenter, President- Lance Nichols, 1st Vice President -Rich Schur, 2nd Vice President- Dax Gillium, Treasurer/Director- Walt Partridge, Board Members- John Schaffner, Mike Heitmann, O.J. Pratt, Butch Hagelstrom, Casey Giddings, Scott Shuman, and Janelle Karas.

The 2011 CAA convention was concluded with an awards ceremony and the Hall of Fame luncheon. The Colorado Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame inductee for 2011 was Lloyd Michaels of Julesburg, Colo.

Lloyd “Mike” Michael is the owner and President, of Michael Auction Service in Julesburg, Colo. Michael Auction Service is one of the leading auction companies in Northeastern Colorado, and the Nebraska panhandle. Michael Auction Service conducts 50 plus auctions a year for customers, in addition to many charitable auctions. The business began in 1943 when Mike’s father, Lloyd Michael Sr., would sell chickens and eggs outside the local auction barn. At the tender age of five, Mike would go with his dad to the sale barn, and dressed in his fancy cowboy gear and whip, he would chant along with the auctioneers as livestock were sold. Young Mike was only 12-years-old when he called his first auction. It was an estate sale, held at the “Hobby Shop,” in Julesburg Colorado. It was then that the auction bug bit him and he knew he was going to be an auctioneer. Mike began to study books on antiques, collectibles, farm equipment, and scale model farm equipment. Today, he is one of the foremost experts on farm toys and collectibles in the United States. With his vast knowledge, he is hard to stump.

Michael Auction Services has been built on a solid, honest reputation. Requests for his services come from all over the United States. Prior to an auction held last year in Burlington, Colorado, Mike received a surprise phone call. The upcoming auction featured a 1907 White steam car. The caller ID read “Hollywood Studios, California.” The phone call has from the late night talk show host, Jay Leno. Leno was inquiring about the steam car to add to his collection. In the end, the car sold for $181,000, though Leno was not the buyer.

Mike was the Colorado Auctioneers Association President in 2000, and that same year he was honored as the Colorado Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Champion. As Mike quips “That was a good year.” Mike has also had the blessing of true partner, both in business and in life, Mary Michael, his wife of 23 years. As everyone knows, “She is the glue of the outfit.” Mike and Mary have two children, Chris, who attends CU in Boulder, Colo., and MaKayla, who is a junior at Julesberg High School.

Mike is an elder at the Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Julesburg, Colo. He is a member, and past President of the Sedgwick County Rotary Club, a substitute teacher, and coach of the Julesburg Junior High basketball team. In the fall, Mike can be found in Boulder, Colorado cheering on the C.U. Buffaloes at their home football games … Go Buffs!

Michael Auction Service employs three full time auctioneers, as well as a complete clerking and cashiering staff. They conduct all types of auctions, but specialize in household and large estates, antiques and collectibles, farm equipment, coins, and Western and Indian collectibles. Michael Auction Service’s motto is “If you do good work, you’ll always have good work to do.”


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