On January 25, Joseph Bair, 31, of Elkhart, Iowa was named the Iowa State Champion Auctioneer at the 2020 Iowa Auctioneer Convention in West Des Moines, Iowa. Bair is a first-generation auctioneer and a member of the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA). Growing up in the livestock industry, Bair fell in love with the auction atmosphere and the excitement while attending sales. He graduated from the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in June 2016 and takes on sales through being a contract auctioneer.  In the past years, Bair’s highlights in competing are 2nd runner-up in 2019, 3rd runner-up in 2018, and rookie honors in 2017. 

Twelve professional auctioneers from the Midwest competed for the title of ‘Iowa State Champion Auctioneer’ and the cash prize of $1,000. To qualify for the finals, the contestants competed in a preliminary auctioneering contest. The top five finalists included 2020 Reserve Champion, Justin Steward, Wyoming, Iowa; 1st Runner Up, Tony Wisely, Perry, Oklahoma; 2nd Runner Up – Dylan Webb, Osceola, Iowa; and 3rd Runner Up – Chris Richard, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

During the Iowa Auctioneers Association’s three-day event, the attendees heard from nationally recognized speakers including John Schultz, AMM, of Grafe Auction Company in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Schultz is a 20-year auction veteran and has experienced firsthand the impact changing consumer trends have in the auction industry. Other guest speakers included Junior Staggs, CAI is a first-generation auctioneer and the 2019 Arkansas State Champion.

Find photos and videos of the convention on Facebook @IowaAuctioneerAssocaiton.

About the Iowa Auctioneers Association: The mission of the Iowa Auctioneers Association is to enhance the skills, knowledge, professionalism, and image of all Iowa Auctioneers. IAA has been helping promote the auction method of marketing since 1949.