January 10, 2010
During the annual Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA) Conference held in Denver, Colorado on Friday, January 8, 2010, Schur Success Auction Services Chief Operating Officer, Rich Schur, was named the 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer.
In a competition that started with 12 experienced auctioneers, the five judges whittled their selection to the top five contestants. Each of the five then participated in a public interview process, and then each sold three similar items to the crowd.
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. The CAA does not allow Champions to compete again once they have earned the title.
Schur, a resident of Monument, Colorado, 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 Colorado Rookie title in January of 2006. Since that time he has earned the designation as a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) and will be obtaining his advanced Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation in the spring.
On Sunday morning, Schur was elected to serve as the organization's 2nd VP, starting his third term on the Board of Directors.
The 2010 CAA Conference was held in memory of long-time Colorado Hall of Fame Auctioneer Chuck Cumberland, a past champion, who passed in 2009. Rich is the first auctioneer to be awarded the Cumberland Championship Award, a travelling trophy dedicated to the honor and memory of Chuck, who's trademark comment was "Go Your Best".
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 Spring.