Chris Richard Inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame
On January 25, 2020, the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) inducted Chris Richard, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Richard started in the auction business as a runner for his parents’ auction service, making ten cents for each clerking sheet he carried. In 1987, age of 11, he attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering. After graduating, his hard work continued, as he made sure the growing number of bidders stayed on track by holding the Selling Now sign. It didn’t take long before this new auctioneer moved up in responsibilities—and made the title of ringman.
In 1994, Richard headed off to Hesston College in Kansas, ultimately earning a degree in Small Business Management. Upon college graduation, he decided to head home to Iowa and pursue his auction career. Being a second-generation auctioneer gave Richard the opportunity to work alongside his father, mother, sister, uncle, and aunt serving the community and people of southeast Iowa. It is in these years of working hard in an ever-growing family business that this man’s love for the auction profession grew, along with his desire to better himself and the business.
This desire to continually grow led him to join the Iowa Auctioneer’s Association, where he has been involved over half of his career. In addition to constantly thinking of ways to improve the auction experience for his clients and co-workers, he has been involved in several committees and boards whose purpose is to build into the next generation, better the local community and benefit people abroad. He has also dedicated his time to local schools, passing along his love for the industry to students, teachers and their families. Richard’s passion to grow and give back has not only led him to serve locally but has led him to serve on a state level as well by taking on several leadership roles on the Iowa Auctioneer Association Board of Directors.