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Indiana Auctioneers Gather for Annual Convention

Auctioneers from across the state convened this past weekend for the Indiana Auctioneers Association (IAA) annual conference.  The convention held this year at Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport in Indianapolis, IN, ran November 13-15 with the Title Sponsors of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company and the Indiana Auctioneers Association Foundation.

Highlights of this year’s conference included the, Welcoming Event with a fun game of Family Feud and Comedian, Dave Dugan, the Indiana Champion Auctioneer Competition, Auction Marketing Awards, Black Tie Gala evening with the Hall of Fame Inductions and entertainment by Lights Out Entertainment, the Presidential Luncheon and the election of the Board of Directors.

Throughout the weekend, Auctioneers were presented with dynamic and engaging educational seminars from industry leading Auctioneers and presenters and gained insight from industry vendors at the annual trade show.

The Indiana Champion Auctioneer Competition crowned the 2019 Indiana Senior Champion Auctioneer, Andrew Wagner from Farmland, IN.   Loren Beachy- Middlebury was named Senior Reserve Champion, and Jordan Gilkerson-Monrovia was named Senior First Runner-Up.  Rainelle Shockome-Columbia City, IN was crowned the 2019 Indiana Junior Champion Auctioneer.  Bronson Gangwer – Middlebury was named Junior Reserve Champion and Marc Huber-Greenfield was named Junior First Runner-Up.

The highest award conveyed to an Auctioneer in Indiana is an election into the Indiana Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame. James T. Smith of Terre Haute was elected into this year’s Hall of Fame class.  Lori Lestinsky of LaPorte was inducted into the IAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame.

The IAA held their annual election of officers at that annual membership business meeting, electing Jack Christy, Jr- Indianapolis – President 2020, Chad Metzger, North Manchester –Vice President, Mark Bisch, Kokomo, IN – Treasurer. Newly Elected Director: Dodie Hart- Shipshewana, IN