SAVE THE DATE! IAA Annual Convention


February 2-4, 2018 | Des Moines, IA | Airport Holiday Inn

The three-day event includes seminars from a variety of national speakers. The continuing education seminars are only a small part of the IAA Convention. 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.  

“Auctions are fun an exciting and we invite the public to come enjoy the Auctioneer contest on Saturday afternoon,” said Chris Richard, IAA President. “Just like any auction, you never know what auction finds may be waiting for you.” The Saturday afternoon auctioneer contests are free to watch and are open to the public to come bid and buy the items the auctioneers will be selling. Other contests including the advertising and ring person contests will be held during the convention.

Hotel Information 

Airport Holiday Inn | 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321

Please call the hotel directly at (515) 287-2400 | CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS

IAA Member Rate - $98/night plus tax 

Deadline for hotel discounts - JANUARY 8, 2018

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, February 2

8:00 AM - Speaker Sessions 

11:30 AM - Lunch

1:30 PM - Afternoon Speaker Sessions

4:45 PM - Dinner 

6:30 PM - Evening Speaker 

9:00 PM - Social Hour Hosted by the IAA President 

Saturday, February 3 

7:00 AM - FREE First Timer Breakfast (includes all new 2017/18 members and all first-time convention attendees)

8:00 AM - IAA general membership annual meeting 

9:00 AM - Morning Speaker

10:00 AM - Auctioneer Contest Meeting (Item check and draw)

10:30 AM - Morning Speaker 

12:00 PM - Backyard BBQ (INCLUDED IN TICKET)

1:30 PM - Auctioneer Contest & Rookie Contest 

4:00 PM - Afternoon speakers 

5:00 PM - Vendor Social Hour

6:00 PM - Grand Banquet (INCLUDED IN TICKET) & Hall of Fame Induction

Sunday, February 5 

8:00 AM - Breakfast Buffet (INCLUDED IN TICKET) Following breakfast is the announcement of top 20 in auctioneer contest and rooking champion, including the advertising, photo contest awards, and kids fun auction


*Schedule is subject to change