Monument Resident named 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer
February 1, 2010
Colorado has a new state champion auctioneer. Monument resident Rich Schur was declared the winner of the annual competition held by the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA) during their convention in Denver.
The competition, held at the Crowne Plaza DIA hotel on January 8, began with 12 experienced auctioneers. Five judges then whittled their selections to the top five contestants. Each of the finalists then participated in a public interview process, and then each sold three similar items to the crowd comprised of CAA members and the general public.
The judges scored the auctioneers on their chant, their sales ability, their ability to interact with and engage the audience, and a variety of other essential skills. After the scores were tabulated, Schur was named the new 2010 State Champion.
Schur started in the auction industry in 2005 while dating his now wife Shannon, a second generation auctioneer. Rich graduated the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in the fall of 2005, and earned the CAA’s rookie title, the Troil Welton Award, in January of 2006. He and his wife operate Colorado Springs-based Schur Success Auction Services.
Schur will represent the CAA in public appearances, and will also represent the association in the national championship competition to be held in North Carolina this summer during the annual convention of the National Auctioneers Association.
The runner-up or “reserve champion” in the contest was Dayton Roller of Denver-based Roller Auctioneers.