There was a lot of fast talking going on at the Mississippi Auctioneers Association annual convention and bid calling championships April 29. When the final gavel fell, Courtney Jo Weaver took home the top honor as the 2018 Mississippi State Champion Auctioneer, after a tie run-off with Henry Redmond who finished as Reserve Champion. Eric Rogers of Perkinston was awarded the distinction of Mississippi Rookie Auctioneer Champion.
Weaver was presented with a plaque and entry to the International Auctioneer Championship at the National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show to be held in Jacksonville, Fla. in July. Rogers also received a plaque and Redmond received a certificate. The three contestants competed for the titles with other auctioneers from around the state in front of a panel of judges scored on introduction, ability to engage the audience, use of hand gestures and body language, speed and rhythm of chant, use of eye contact, knowledge of the items to be auctioned and overall presentation.
This year, auctioneers raised hundreds of dollars to be donated to Blaire E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. The competition took place at the Mississippi Auctioneers Association’s annual conference held in D’Iberville.
The annual conference is the most anticipated event of the MAA’s year, as auction professionals across the state gather together to hear world class guest speakers, network with like-minded professionals, elect officers and directors, attend and compete the spectacular bid-calling competition and fundraiser.
For more information about the Mississippi Auctioneers Association, visit mississippiauctioneers.org.