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State Champion Contest

Wisconsin Auctioneers Association (WAA)
WI Championship Auctioneer Contest Rules (Revised 2022)

1. The full name of the contest is “WISCONSIN AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION, INC. AUCTIONEER CHAMPIONSHIP.”
2. There shall be one division combined for men and women.
3. Contestants shall be 18 years of age or older, members of the WAA, register to attend the entire conference, and hold a current Wisconsin auctioneer license. An auction market, auction company, private company or business person, association, newspaper, etc. may sponsor a contestant.
4. The current Novice of the Year shall be one of the contestants but his/her entry fee shall be waived.
5. Entries, accompanied by a $100 non-refundable entry fee, must be received prior to the contest. All entries will be date stamped when received. Contestants will receive a confirmation notification.
6. All contestants must attend the contestant meeting for orientation and drawing for order of appearance.
7. The dress code used for the International Auctioneer Championship Contest (IAC) will be used, specifically: men shall wear business suits/ties and dress shoes. Women shall wear business suits (pants or skirt) and no open-toe shoes. Failure to meet the dress code may be cause for elimination at the call of the contest committee.
8. The sound system shall be preset. Contestants will be allowed to test it in advance but cannot adjust it during the contest.
9. Announcements the day of the contest will take precedence over printed material.
10. Five judges shall be selected by the contest committee. Four judges must be involved in the auction industry (one from the WAA Hall of Fame) and one may be from the private sector.
11. The WAA scoring system (attached) will be used.
12. When the contestant is called by the Emcee, the contestant shall come to the microphone and state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsor(s), if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.
13. In the preliminary round, each contestant shall sell two consecutive items. Before the leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state his/her name and contestant number.
14. Scores from the preliminaries will determine who advances to the finals.
15. If a tie score occurs in the preliminary round, the contestant with the highest score in the Chant/Voice category will prevail.
16. All contestants will be called to the stage for announcement of the finalists. The number of finalists shall be based on the following sliding scale: 10 or fewer contestants–five finalists; 11+ contestants–six finalists.
17. There will be a drawing for the order in which finalists compete.
18. When the finalist’s is called by the Emcee, the contestant shall come to the microphone and state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsor(s), if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.
19. In the final round the contestants will answer two questions selected by the committee. A time limit of two minutes per question will apply after the question has been read. The contestant may ask to have the question repeated only once. The contestant will immediately thereafter sell two consecutive items.
20. Before leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsors if any.
Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.
21. Final scores are determined by combining the interview and bid-calling scores of the finals round.
22. The scores from the preliminaries will be used as the tie-breaker in the finals.
23. The following prizes will be awarded:
CHAMPION – $400 cash, an allowance of up to $250 for a championship ring/pendant/belt buckle, trophy, following year’s WAA dues. The winner will represent WAA and have the entry fee paid for the IAC Contest at the following National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show.
RESERVE CHAMPION – $250 cash, trophy, following year’s WAA dues.
FIRST RUNNER-UP – $150 cash and a trophy.
24. Contestants shall not be given the exact order of finish other than Champion, Reserve Champion & First Runner Up. Score sheets and judges’ comments will be sent after the contest.
25. The winner shall be referred to as “John/Jane Doe, Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer.”
26. The champion agrees to make a minimum of two promotional appearances on behalf of Wisconsin Auctioneers Association and participate as a speaker or panelist at the following WAA Conference and Show. The champion will serve on the championship contest committee for the two following years and be present at next year’s championship contest.
27. Committee members shall not participate in the contest in the year in which they serve.
28. Past champions may not compete in subsequent contests.
29 The committee chair shall address, as needed, any and all errors or omissions regarding rules and regulations of the contest. The decision of the committee chair shall be final and binding at the time a decision is made and shall apply to all contestants.
30. All proceeds from the auction will be used at the discretion of WAA. An optional buyer’s fee may be charged.

Novice Competiton

Novice Auctioneer Contest
Have you been an auctioneer for 5 years or less? If so, why not compete in this year’s novice auctioneer contest? Novice Contest will be held this year on Sunday beginning at 5 PM.

You’ll get an opportunity to compete with other new auctioneers and show off your skills. You never know who in the audience may be looking for help at their auctions. You really should enter.

1. The full name of the contest is “WISCONSIN AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION, INC. NOVICE AUCTIONEER CONTEST.

2. There shall be one division combined for men and women.

3. Contestants shall be 18 years of age or older, current members of the WAA, and hold a current Wisconsin auctioneer license. An auction market, auction company, private company or business person, association, newspaper, etc. may sponsor a contestant.

4. The contest is open to unlimited entries. The current Novice of the Year may be a contestant but his/her entry fee shall be waived.

5. Entries must be accompanied by a $20 non-refundable entry fee, must be received prior to the contest. Each Contestant is to bring one (1) item to be auctioned off of $25 value or more.

6. All contestants must check in at one half hour( ½ hour) before the contest scheduled time for orientation and drawing for order of appearance. There will be a drawing for the order in which NOVICE contestants compete.

7. The dress code used for the International Auctioneer Championship Contest (IAC) will be used, specifically: men shall wear business suits/ties and dress shoes. Women shall wear business suits (pants or skirt) and no open-toes shoes. Failure to meet the dress code may be cause for elimination at the call of the contest committee.

8. The sound system shall be preset. Contestants will be allowed to test it in advance but cannot adjust it during the contest.

9. Announcements the day of the contest will take precedence over printed material.

10. Three to five judges shall be selected by the contest committee.

11. The IAC scoring system (attached) will be used.

12. When the contestant’s number is called by the Emcee, the contestant shall come to the microphone and state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsor(s), if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.

13. Each contestant shall sell three (3) consecutive items. Before the leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state his/her name and contestant number.

14. Before leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsors if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.

15. Scores from the contest will determine the NOVICE Auctioneer of the Year.

16. If a tie score occurs in the preliminary round, the contestant with the highest score in the Chant/Voice category will prevail.

17. The NOVICE Auctioneer of the Year is invited to participate at the WI State Fair Auctioneer Championship. There is no charge for this competition to the NOVICE Auctioneer.

18. All contestants will receive participation medallions.

19. Contestants shall not be given the exact order of finish. Score sheets and judges’ comments will be sent after the contest.

20. Committee members shall not participate in the contest in the year in which they serve.

21. Past champions may not compete in subsequent contests.

22. The committee chair shall address, as needed, any and all errors or omissions regarding rules and regulations of the contest. The decision of the committee chair shall be final and binding at the time a decision is made and shall apply to all contestants.

23. All proceeds from the auction will used at the discretion of WAA. An optional 10% buyer’s fee will be donated to a charity chosen by WAA.

 

Ringman Competition

Ringman Competition Rules

Professional ringmen can add big dollars to an auction’s bottom line. How they conduct themselves and communicate with the audience and their auctioneer makes all the difference. Here’s a chance to show off your ringman skills to perspective employers in the audience. You could be the champion ringman in 2020.

Purpose:  

To enhance the ability to sell real and personal property by the auction method of marketing,

To emphasize the importance of professionalism by Ringmen,

To set personal goals of improvement.

Prize:

First Place:  State Champion will receive championship ring with a value up to $250, any  additional costs for ring will be paid by winner.

Entry Fees:

Advance $20 entry fee/contestant.  All contestants must be registered within 2 hours prior  to competition.

Criteria for Contestants:

Must be a current member of Wisconsin Auctioneers Association

Three to five judges will be selected by the committee no less than 10 days prior to contest.  They may be members of WAA but do not have to be auctioneers.  Judges will be notified and will receive the rules and the judging criteria prior to the contest.

One (1) to two (2) guest Auctioneers selected by the committee may rotate and do all the bid calling for the contestant.  The Auctioneers shall be advised not to take any bids during the contest.  The ringmen shall control the bidding and use clear and defined commands to communicate with the Auctioneer.

Criteria Used by Judges in Scoring:

Judges will evaluate contestants in five categories, listed below:

Judges will score contestants in each category on a range of 1-10 points;

Judges will score based on the judges being a customer at an auction where the ringman is working.

Scoring:

1. Introduction:  Ringmen will introduce him/herself; give contestant number and introduce the Auctioneer.

2. Body language, hand gestures, surveys crowd.

3. Salesmanship encourages the audience to bid.

4. Communicates with auctioneer and buyer.

5. Judge desires to have ringman worth for them.

a. Contestant should not be disqualified for forgetting any of the judging criteria, only penalized.

b. Score sheets will be retrieved by the contest committee and tallied by the committee.

c. The low score shall be considered only to break a tie.

d. The committee shall determine the number of items depending on the number of  contestants.

General

Deadline to enter all divisions of the contest will be two hours prior to the start of the contest.  All contestants will meet 30 minutes prior to the contest to draw for order of selling and instructions. The Champions Ringman will be announced following the contest.  Score sheets will be mailed to contestants after the Winter Convention.

The Champion Ringman will be asked to volunteer Ringmen services for the annual WI State Champion Auctioneer Contest at both the WI State Fair Park Finals and the following WAA State Convention. (Only if they are not a contestant in the Champion Auctioneer Contest themselves.)

Media Contest

Let’s face it, auctioneers are professional marketers. How you present yourself to the public can make all the difference in your business. The WAA Marketing Competition is the ultimate contest for WAA Members to exhibit their marketing efforts from the past year. The competition will include Photography, Digital (website, social media, etc), Print (advertisement, catalog, etc) and Promo Item (hat, mug, etc).

  1. Entrants must be paid, current WAA members and hold current licensees.
  2. Categories are:
    1. Photography
    2. Digital (website, social media, video, etc.) Bring your own computer to set up
    3. Print (Advertisement, Catalog, etc.)
    4. Promotional Item (Hat, Mug, Keychain, etc.)
  3. Awards will be given in each category.
  4. Each submission must have a completed entry form, as well as the $10 per entry fee.
  5. The same item may be entered in multiple categories; however, an entry form and entry fee must be submitted for each category.
  6. All entries must contain either the WAA logo or a statement indicating the entrant is a WAA member.
  7. No previous award-winning entry may be submitted.
  8. Entries must be for auctions occurring since the last winter conference.
  9. Entries must be mailed or turned in by 9:00 a.m. on the first day of convention.
  10. The Advertising Contest Committee will be responsible for organizing the contest, securing the judges and presenting the awards.
    1. Three judges shall be chosen from the vendors; judges’ decisions will be final.
  11. First and second place may, at the judges’ discretion, be awarded if they feel the number of quality entries justifies it.
  12. All entries will be on display by 10:30 a.m., on the first day of the convention.

Annual Meeting Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Members of Wisconsin Auctioneers Association will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 625 W Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond du Lac, WI 54937, for the purpose of electing members of the Board of Directors and transacting such other business as may properly come before the Meeting.

The annual meeting for the purpose of electing directors and the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting shall be held during the annual convention each year at such time and place as the Board may determine.

Each auctioneer member who has paid dues and is otherwise in good standing shall have one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at any meeting of the corporation, annual or special. Each auction company member shall have one vote at any meeting of the Corporation, annual or special, by a designated representative who shall not be one and the same as a voting auctioneer member, i.e. the vote of an auction company cannot be cast by a voting auctioneer member from his/her auction company.

With respect to the election of directors, each voting member/auction company representative entitled to vote shall cast one (I) vote for as many different positions as there are vacancies to be filled. Voting shall be by secret ballot unless all members present at the meeting waive such requirement. Proxy voting may be allowed provided he/she is present at any part of the conference or meeting where an election is to take place. Absentee voting shall not otherwise be allowed.

Associate and trade members shall not have voting privileges. An honorary member shall not be entitled to vote unless he/she was a member in good standing at the time of his/her
election as an honorary member. Majority rules on all votes with one exception. (See Article III, Section 3(a) Method of Election in the by laws.)

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Fond du Lac

WHERE

Radisson Hotel and Conference
625 W Rolling Meadows Dr.
Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Phone: (920) 638-4175

WHEN

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
February 10th- 12th, 2023

Auxiliary Scholarship Application

$500 Certificate will be awarded at the February WAA Convention.

*ACTIVE Member means he/she must be a member of the WAA or Auxiliary for three (3) consecutive years, attend WAA conferences on a regular basis, and be interested/involved in promoting the WAA/Auxiliary and auction profession.

Relative of recipient will be notified before the January WAA Winter Conference. Recipient and WAA/Auxiliary member relative are encouraged to attend the annual Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Conference.

Sponsor Opportunities

Are auctions part of your business? Here’s a chance to target Wisconsin Auction Professionals. The focus of this year's convention is on providing cutting edge information that will help sharpen the auction business.

Continuing Education Classes

Committed to People, Committed to the Future.

Wisconsin Auctioneers Association holds the continuous education (CE) and returns 100% of your fees to market the auction profession. The courses will be conducted by professionals in their field. We pledge to implement and conduct new courses, as well as the many other standard courses with updated materials usable by today’s generation, with the knowledge provided by the seasoned auctioneer and professional. Our goal is to offer the best continuous education courses in the states. Conference attendees can sign up for CE courses held during the conference at no additional charge.

Conference CE Classes:

CE Class 1: Auction Seller Contracts
When reducing risk with auction sellers, creating and precisely following a properly written contract is absolutely crucial. Nothing should be hidden … no secret profits, no unrealistic expectations. We discuss the importance of urgency and equity in the process, what to watch for when reselling property, and more.

CE Class 2: Real Estate at auction
Real estate is the fastest-growing segment of the auction industry. Explore the different formats for real estate auctions, the statute of frauds, temporary buyer agency, and contracts used. Particular real estate auction cases are analyzed.

The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association actively advocates for the auction industry through grassroots lobbying and a WAA legislative fund. Member engagement and donations are key to the success of WAA advocacy efforts.

WAA President

Curt Kramer

Our Mission is to educate, promote and protect the auction industry of Wisconsin:

to encourage Auctioneers; to enhance skills, knowledge and professionalism;

to promote the auction method of marketing for sale of real and personal properties.

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