Shuman wins bid calling championship at Colorado Auctioneers Association Convention
March 17, 2014
Earning the title of Colorado State Champion Auctioneer is no easy feat, and one that members of the Colorado Auctioneer Association are honored to earn.
Auctioneers must prove they are best in the business, and for many champions, these skills take years to develop.
The Bid Calling Contest is the crown jewel of the weekend, and where the new Colorado State Champion Auctioneer is crowned. The contest was held on Saturday evening, Jan. 4.
This year, Scott Shuman, CAI, real estate partner and auction specialist with Hall and Hall Auctions, was named the Bid Calling Champion.
"It felt great to win. This was my third time competing, and I was the runner-up last year," he stated.
He continued, "Every time you are in the contest, you learn so much from the other competitors. Whether you win or lose, you pick up something you can use. It's a great group of people who compete, and everyone is very supportive and helpful."
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Shuman got his start in the auction business early in life near Strasburg.
"Dad started taking me to auctions when I was 6 or 7, and I grew up in a livestock family, so I was around auctions through 4-H, FFA, county fairs and farm," he said.
He attended Missouri Auction School in 1986, and opened his own business shortly after that to help him work his way through college. He attended Colorado State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1991, and Purdue University, where he earned his Master's Degrees in Agriculture in 1993.
Now he works for Hall and Hall Auctions, an auction company that focuses on farm and ranch sales.
"Every project is different, and I get to meet so many people from unique scenarios. I get to look at ranches throughout the country and listen to the stories of the people who own them," he said.
He continued, "It's gratifying to know when you can help those people by getting their property sold, and it's equally as gratifying to look at the buyers and see their smile in that they purchased their dream property."
Eleven contestants competed for the top prize, which included a name engraving on the Chuck Cumberlin traveling trophy. "The award is named after one of the guys in the industry, who first gave me my start, so it was pretty cool to have my name included on the trophy that is named after him," Schuman said.
They are also awarded custom-designed belt buckle and $1,000 to be used towards the International Auctioneer Championship, which will be held in Louisville, Ky., this coming July.
"I'm excited to compete and to be around some of the other auctioneers that are at the level. Win or lose, it's an exciting experience to be able to compete there. I always pick up things that I can use, and it will be an honor to be able to represent Colorado," he stated.
Immediately preceding the auctioneer championship contest was the annual "First-Timers" competition, which featured nine competitors.
The winner of the first timer's contest this year was Wesley Lamb of Eaton, Colo.
"My favorite part is always working with the new auctioneers and first timers: those younger people just out of auction school. I remember how hard it was to get started in the auction business, and so I try to give the young guys a break and give them encouragement," said John Schaffner, convention chairman.
Jan. 3 featured the annual Fun Auction and Parade of Champions, in which past Colorado state champion auctioneers, Hall of Fame inductees and other CAA members auctioned items, which were been donated to the CAA by various sponsors and association members.
The three-day convention also offered those who attended a variety of workshops and lectures dealing with the auction business. Speakers included Paul C. Behr, president of the National Auctioneers Association, who spoke on auctioneering and bid calling; snf Scott Shuman, describing "flops and fizzles" and how to avoid them.
Others speakers included motivational speaker Sheila Stewart, a Colorado native, who spoke on "Ultimate Successes in Business and Life," Lyndsay Walker on "Search Engine Optimization," and Ted Metzger of AuctionServices.com.
"I tried to gear the whole convention toward showing young auctioneers how to get started in business and persevere, to teach them to hang in there through tough times," said Schaffner. "For the more seasoned auctioneers, we had speakers that talked about technology, which focused on how to advertise and get the word out about their auctions. Some of the seasoned auctioneers need that booster in how to run a business. We get lax and sometimes there are new things and new ideas that come along that we can learn from."
Current International Auctioneer Champion Andy White, a lead auctioneer for Williams and Williams, the Akron Auto Auction and the National Clydesdale Association, also spoke at the event on buyer psychology.
"His presentation was exciting, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to see how he represents the industry and hear his experiences," Shuman said.
The convention also included a roundtable discussion on the pros and cons of licensure for auctioneers. Colorado currently has no licensure requirements for those in the profession.
"We had some pretty interesting discussion on licensure. We wanted to see how the membership felt about it, since there are not licensure requirements in the state of Colorado. I feel like half of the membership was for it and half was against it," Dax Gillium, outgoing president said.
The three-day event concluded on Sunday, Jan. 5, with an all denominational worship service, the annual business membership meeting, and the election of officers and members of the CAA Board of Directors.
Schaffner was elected president after serving as the first vice president last year.
"My vision is to make our association even stronger and keep encouraging our new members to hang in there and get going the best they can. Our goal is always to try to build membership, and get more in there. There are a lot of people who aren't in our association that we would like to invite. We offer a lot of great networking, which allows our members to pick up auctions and ideas and learning from one another. The more people we have the more we are able to help each other," he explained.
Professional auctioneers from across Colorado and surrounding states converge on Denver to attend the 56th annual Colorado Auctioneers Association convention Jan. 3-5.
"The Colorado Association is like a big family that you see every year. It's fun to get back with them and share ideas and ideas for future success," stated Shuman.
Gillium added, "The convention is good for the membership in that it gives the membership a chance to network with others in their professional and to catch up on the latest trends. They also learn where the industry is going." ❖