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Mississippi auctioneers catch bids for Batson donation

It was a lot of fast talking going on at the Mississippi Auctioneers Association annual convention and bid calling championships April 3 in Jackson. This year, about two dozen industry leaders were in attendance and auctioneers raised hundreds of dollars to be donated to Blaire E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.

The Association raised the money during its annual convention held in Jackson at the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association Convention Center through its Mississippi State Auctioneer Championships where contestants auctioned items donated by 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. 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.

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 Auctioneer Championship.

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

Have you renewed your membership yet?

Another year has flown by already and it’s time to renew your membership with the Mississippi Auctioneers Association.

Don’t miss these valuable benefits custom built for YOU:

Information – Mississippi Auctioneer quarterly newsletter, access to online archives of previous articles, member directory and more!

Education – courses and informative sessions offered for free to members including the annual Conference, scholarship opportunities.

Benefits – Customizable profile opportunities found online at www.mississippiauctioneers.com, discounts on exclusive benefit programs, state-relevant legislative information, networking and more!

In addition, your investment enables enhanced education, promotion and advocacy for YOUR industry!

You will find a membership application enclosed for your convenience. Please fill out the form and return it by mail to the address on the form along with your check for member dues. Please consider making a $25 donation to the MAA Scholarship Fund along with your renewal.

Auctioneer Scholarship Available

The Mississippi Auctioneers Association (MAA) is currently accepting applications for the Mississippi Auctioneers Association Scholarship through December 1. The scholarship awards tuition and/or fees credit of a select auction school to a qualified future auctioneer.

MAA established a scholarship in 2016 to encourage qualified individuals to become successful auctioneers in an effort to ensure the integrity of the auction industry. The scholarship is funded by donations from members of the MAA.

The scholarship will be awarded to an individual or individuals who demonstrate a financial need, a sincere interest in becoming a licensed auctioneer and plans to participate in the auction industry as an auctioneer. Applicants must meet certain requirements and recipients will be chosen by the MAA.

The state of Mississippi currently requires 80 hours of education at an auction school approved by the Mississippi Auctioneer Commission. Currently, there is not an approved auctioneer school in Mississippi. As a result, the cost to attend such a school is often a setback for many individuals who wish to pursue a career as an auctioneer. Applications for the Mississippi Auctioneers Association Scholarship may be obtained through the MAA’s web site at www.mississippiauctioneers.org.

MAA auction raises money for Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, La

The Mississippi Auctioneer’s Association raised more than $680.00 to be donated to the Wahabi Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, La. The Association raised the money during its annual convention held in Jackson at the Ebenezer’s Restaurant March 4 through its Mississippi State Auctioneer Championships where contestants auctioned items donated by members. Steve Ryals, Brooklyn, was chosen as the 2016 Mississippi State Auctioneer Champion. Johnny Wright took home the title of Mississippi State Rookie Auctioneer Champion. Ryals and Wright competed with other auctioneers from around the state in front of a panel of judges for the titles.

The winter 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 Auctioneer Championship.

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

Mississippi Auctioneers Association donates to help local children.

MAA Press Release PhotoDonation by the Mississippi Auctioneers Association made to the Boys & Girls club of Central Mississippi & The Blair E. Batson Childrens Hospital.

The Mississippi Auctioneers Association has raised money through their annual January member meeting fun auction in order to make a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

The donation is helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi provide youth development programs to thousands of disadvantaged kids.

Justin Edens, Kelly Hogue, William and Zach Head made the donation in person at the Boys & Girls club this month.

In addition to the Boys & Girls Club, the Mississippi Auctioneers Association has made a donation to the Blair E. Batson chairty also supported by the National Auctioneers Association.