Wise Named 2019 Iowa State Champion Auctioneer


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.

The top five finalists included – 2019 Reserve Champion, Dylan Webb, Osceola; 1st Runner Up, Justin Steward, Wyoming; 2nd Runner Up– Joe Bair, Elkhart; and 3rd Runner Up, Chad Shepard, Cedar Falls. 

The contest was held under normal auction conditions and was free for fairgoers to watch. The public was encouraged to participate. Eighteen professional auctioneers from the Midwest competed for the title of ‘Iowa State Champion Auctioneer’ and a cash prize of $1,000. To qualify for this prestigious annual event, contestants must compete in a preliminary auctioneering contest in February during the annual IAA convention.

Also participating in the 2019 competition:

  • Trenton A. Forrest, North English
  • Cole Stetzel, Guthrie Center, IA
  • Chad Bals, Ames, IA
  • Leon Martin, Ionia, IA
  • Heath Downing, Creston, IA
  • Kam Hartstack, Clarinda, IA
  • Riley Sieren, Washington, IA
  • Daniel Wilson, Redfield, IA
  • Rodney Perry, Moravia, IA
  • Robert A. Barker, Keosauqua, IA
  • Zachary Laurie, Indianola, IA
  • Quest Flesner, Taylor, MO
  • Justin Brant, Glidden, IA

Want to watch a replay of the State Fair finals? A live-stream playback is available on our Facebook page @IowaAuctioneerAssocaiton.

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