Mississippi auctioneers hold annual convention

It was a lot of fast talking going on at the Mississippi Auctioneers Association annual convention April 3 at the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association in Jackson.

The annual conference is the most anticipated event of the MAA’s year, as members and non-members alike gather together to hear world class guest speakers, network with like-minded professionals, elect officers and board members, and attend the spectacular bid-calling competition known as the Mississippi State Auctioneer Championship.

This year, about two dozen industry leaders were in attendance. The meeting was opened by President Courtney Weaver with a prayer from Secretary/Treasurer Brett Hollingsworth, both of Hollingsworth Enterprises, Inc. in Forest. The convention focused on a variety of topics affecting the auction industry. New officers were elected for 2017 after a brief lunch catered by Chimneyville of Jackson. Forest native and Nanih Waiya resident Courtney Jo Weaver was again elected as president to serve a second term. Henry Redmond of Poplarville and Brett Hollingsworth of Forest, were also named to second terms as vice president and secretary/treasurer respectively. Nick Clark of Madison was elected to the Association’s Board of Directors.

The MAA holds bid calling contests annually auctioning donated items to raise money for a charity voted on by the attending members. When the final gavel fell, Jeff Martin took home the top honor as the 2017 Mississippi State Champion Auctioneer. Martin is President and CEO of Jeff Martin Auctioneers in Brooklyn. David Hegwood of Brandon was awarded the distinction of Mississippi State Rookie Auctioneer Champion. Hegwood is an auctioneer and real estate agent for Nick Clark Auctions in Madison. Bidders raised money to be donated to the Blaire E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.

For more information about the Mississippi Auctioneers Association, visit mississippiauctioneers.org.