Martin wins state auctioneer championship; Hegwood wins state rookie auctioneer champion

It was a lot of fast talking going on at the Mississippi Auctioneers Association annual convention and bid calling championships April 3. 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.

Martin and Hegwood competed with other auctioneers from around the state in front of a panel of judges for the titles 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 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 directors, and attend the spectacular bid-calling competition known as the Mississippi State Auctioneer Championship.

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