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Wise Named 2019 Iowa State Champion Auctioneer

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Josh (JJ) Wise, 34, of Klemme, Iowa was awarded the title ‘Iowa State Champion Auctioneer’ on Tuesday, August 13. Wise is a long-time member of the Iowa Auctioneers Association and participates in nearly 300 auctions a year. Wise currently owns and operates JJ Wise Auctioneering, is a licensed real estate agent for Landproz, and a contract auctioneer for automobile sales. He grew up in Manly, Iowa, a population of less than 1,300. Wise graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City when he was only 11 years old.  Growing up in the family business he found a love for the auction method of marketing. In 2014, he took over the company his mother and father founded, Wise Auction Service, now operating as JJ Wise Auctioneering. Wise also competed in the 2019 World Automobile Auction Contest in Charleston, South Carolina, and was the 2018 Iowa State Reserve Champion Auctioneer.

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Twenty Midwest Auctioneers Compete at Iowa State Fair for Championship Title

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Each year the best of the best Midwest auctioneers travel to the capital city to compete during the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) preliminary contest in February. Finalists then get the chance to battle it out in the fall at the Iowa State Fair to be named the Iowa State Champion Auctioneer. Twenty finalists made it through to the semi-finals. The contest begins at 9:00 AM at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, August 13. Join bidders and spectators at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage, just north of the Walnut Center & Iowa Craft Beer Tent, for this lively contest. The semi-finals and finals are held under normal auction conditions, open to the public, and free to watch. The public is encouraged to participate and bid on items.

The top twenty will show off their skills and talents in two weeks, but only one gets crowned Champion. During the contest, each participant will auction off three items. Contestants are judged on speed, bid calling ability, salesmanship, and professional appearance.

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Get Ready For Another Great Convention!

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February 1-3, 2019 | West Des Moines, IA | Sheraton Hotel

This three-day event includes seminars from a variety of national speakers and this year we are including a continuing education seminar on Thursday night with Kyle Swicegood. Need Real Estate CEUs? The pre-convention gets you 8* CEUs (*CEU approval pending). On Saturday afternoon, there will be a preliminary round of the Iowa Auctioneer contest with the audience bidding on the items and 3 judges scoring the auctioneers. The auctioneers will be competing to fill the top 20 spots to advance on to the finals held at the Iowa State Fair in August, as well as who will be named Rookie Auctioneer Champion.  

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Donates Auction Items for Iowa Champion Auctioneer Contest at State Fair

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Join state fair patrons on Tuesday, August 14 on the Anne & Bill Riley stage at 9:00 AM to help support this amazing cause while witnessing 20 of the finest auctioneers represent the Midwest. Can’t make it to the fair on Tuesday? No problem! You may still support this great event by going to bidspotter.com and placing prior bids or joining in live through bidspotter.com.

A very big THANK YOU Lowe's Compaines, Inc. of the Des Moines metro for making this event great by donating all of our auction items. Our auctioneers can showcase their talent while working to help benefit three children’s hospitals. Each year the sales of the auction items will be donated to one of the three children's hospitals on a rotating basis - Blank Children’s Hospital of Des Moines, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

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Professional Ringmen Education - August 13

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We invite our members and the auction industry to our pre-finals educational seminar by Brian Rigby on Monday, August 13, 2018, in Des Moines. Founding the Professional Ringmen’s Institute in 1996, Brian and his team of professional instructors have had the pleasure of training and improving the performance of hundreds of great people in our live auction industry. 

SCHEDULE UPDATE: 3:00-8:30 PM  program with a dinner break

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​Martha Boyle Inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame

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Des Moines, IA – On February 3, 2018 the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) inducted Martha Boyle, Holstein, IA into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Martha is the 50th member and second ever female to be inducted into the IAA hall of fame since inception in 1974. The first female inductee was Jerilyn Ann Bergthold of Hannibal, MO in 2004.

Martha grew up in an auctioneer family with generations of commitment to the industry. After graduation from the University of Notre Dame, Martha moved back to her hometown in 1992. Soon after began to work for the family business where she eventually became business partner with her father. Martha received her real estate license in 1999 and attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in 2003.

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Highlights: 2018 IAA Convention Winners & More!

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Congrats to all that came and participated! The Iowa Auctioneers Association annual convention attracts not only Iowa auction professionals, as well as professional auctioneers from across the country. The three-day event includes seminars from a variety of national speakers. Saturday, Feb. 3 contest where held to name the 2018 Ring Person Champion, the 2018 Rookie Champion, and determine the 2018 Iowa Auctioneer Contest finalists that will go on to compete at the Iowa State Fair in August. 

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Just For Members: IAA Logo Download Available

ATTENTION MEMBERS! Are you looking to print more business materials? Do you need the Iowa Auctioneer Association logo? Members of the association can place our association logo on their websites, business cards, and more, to show the public that YOU are representing a community of peers that promote friendship, networking, and best practices.

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