Ringman Competition

Jim Gavin, Reedsburg, WI
2019 Ringman Champion

Jim Gavin with Gavin Bros. Auctioneers LLC of Reedsburg and Baraboo has been an auctioneer since 2006.  He is a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City Iowa.  He is a member of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association.  Jim is a 4th generation auctioneer at Gavin Bros.  He is also a real estate broker and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2008 with a BA in Business Management.  Jim has served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association since 2016.

Gavin Bros. has been in the auction and real estate business since 1942.  They specialize in farm, heavy equipment, real estate, antique, and estate sales.   Jim became the Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer in 2016.  

In 2016 Jim married his wife Jenni.  Jim & Jenni just became parents with the birth of their first child, Beau James Gavin, on January 1, 2019.  They currently reside on a farm between Reedsburg and Baraboo, WI.  In his free time Jim enjoys spending time on the farm where he and his brother raise Red Angus cattle and crop farm.  He also enjoys time spent in the great outdoors hunting and fishing with friends and family.  

Past Ringman Champions

2018 – Scott Werlein, Mondovi
2017 – Heidi Miller, Merton
2016 – David Allen, Cross Plains
2015 – Kendall Thiel, Chilton
2014 – Steve Strey, Osseo
2013 – Norman Helmuth, Junction City
2012 – Rudy Herschberger, Jefferson
2011 – Tim Miller, Merton
2010 – Rod Freymiller, PRI, Lancaster
2009 – Rod Johnson, Cannon Falls, MN
2008 – Randy Filer, CAI, Helenville
2007 – David Koning, Monroe

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.


            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.


            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.


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.


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.)

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