Monday, January 11, 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.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A Fun-Filled Weekend with the Best Auctioneers in Colorado
This weekend, starting Friday January 8, 2010, the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA) will hold its annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, at I-70 and Chambers in Denver. The conference includes two auctions that are open to the public, including the Friday night sale featuring the State Auctioneer Championship Co
As many as 30 auctioneers from across the state will compete for the State Champion title, which not only provides bragging rights, but allows the winning auctioneer to represent the CAA in the National Auctioneer Association championship. Each auctioneer will sell a few items in an auction that is open to the public. Several auctioneers from Schur Success Auction Services are scheduled to compete. The top five finalists will participate in an interview process as well as having additional items to sell. A panel of auction professionals will rank the contestants, and ultimately crown the Champion.
This is a fun time, and there's no fee to participate. It's free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale are used to offset convention costs, support a scholarship fund, and usually a charity designated by the Board of Directors.
On Saturday night, there is a "fun" auction, in which almost all the auctioneers will participate to sell and item or two. New auctioneers will compete for the title of 1st Time Bid Calling Champion (which by the way, Rich won in 2006). The fun auction is just that, a fun-filled night with great auctioneers. Again, the public is welcome.
See you there!