PAA Annual Conference

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Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association
Holds Successful 67th Annual Conference & Show

Almost three hundred auctioneers, apprentices, auction students, support personnel, vendors, presenters, and guests attended and participated in the 67th annual conference and trade show of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association on January 13 through January 16, 2015, at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey.

2014 PAA President Mark L. Ferry of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, has described the 3+ day event as a huge success and all who attended the event left with valuable information to guide them in their businesses.  2015 PAA Conference Chair Patrick K. Morgan of New Holland, Lancaster County, noted that during the 67th annual conference it was a great pleasure to have so many returning as well as first-time attendees taking the opportunity to enhance and build their auction business and knowledge.  He noted that there were more vendors than ever before, bringing the best technology, tools, equipment, and marketing available in today’s advanced and competitive market place.

Conference participants had a choice of 19 educational seminars during the course of the event that will allow them to better serve their buyers and sellers.  Continuing education units were available to auctioneers to maintain advanced auctioneer certifications or auctioneer licenses held in other states requiring education.

He stated that the PAA hosted a wide range of diverse and numerous seminars by industry leaders including the National Auctioneers Association President Tom Saturley, past president of the National Auto Auction Association Charlotte Pyle, representatives from the PA Game Commission as well as the ATF, Attorney George Michak, Dr. Fredrick J. Sylvester, Russ Hilk, Greg Magnus, Bob Lucas, Larry Harb Bruce Bazelon, Dr. N. Sanford Good, George Howley and others.   Also, a first time ever free, early bird seminar on Tuesday evening featured C. Ivan Stoltzfus who traveled across America on his John Deere tractor to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The PAA’s Key Note speaker was nationally recognized David Barton, “America’s Historian”.  The attendees were honored with a wonderful presentation titled “American Exceptionalism”.

Several Pennsylvania auctioneers came up winners during the 2015 PA Auctioneer Competition.  Jeffery T. Pennington of New Castle, Lawrence County, garnered the prestigious “Pennsylvania Auctioneer Champion” award on January 14 at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the nation.  He competed against 22 other auctioneers in a competition to be the best bid caller and auctioneer in the state as well as for the top prize of cash, a prestigious silver trophy and paid registration to the International Auctioneer Championship set for July 2015 in Addison, Texas.

The runner-up in this competition was Michael F. Dilliard of Centre Hall, Centre County.  The PAA also named a “Rookie Auctioneer Champion,” an individual who has been licensed as an auctioneer less than 2 years.  This honor was bestowed on Nolan Richard Bell of Beaver Falls, Beaver County.  The auctioneers were judged by a panel of eight judges on their bid calling ability, overall presentation, speech, appearance, and salesmanship. For the second year, the judging panel implemented judging software which was created especially for the PAA by Montgomery County specialist Alan Impink.  A portion of the proceeds from the contest and benefit auction went to the Farm Show Scholarship Fund to support students entering the agricultural field.  Members of the Northwest Chapter of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association spent an entire year planning and carrying out a most exciting auction contest.  The MC for the evening was Northwest Chapter member and 2013 Auctioneer Champion, Matthew Hostetter.

An annual Fun Auction, organized by members of the PAA Southwest Chapter, was held on Thursday evening, January 15th at the Sheraton,  where auctioneers and guests bid on classified advertising, trips, services, antiques, and other items.  This event helped to offset the overall cost of the conference which, in turn, provides quality education for all licensed auctioneers in the Commonwealth.  Since the auction industry is a consumer-driven industry, PAA members always strive to improve their services to the public.

The recipient of the prestigious award of 2015 Auctioneer of the Year was awarded to Gerald E. Burke of Meshoppen, Susquehanna County.  The nominations for this award are chosen by auctioneers in his/her area and the winner is selected by his/her state-wide peers.  Mr. Burke has shown excellent leadership, high ethical standards, willingness to share with others, participation in community affairs, and outstanding contributions to the PAA and the auction profession in 2014.

Likewise, an auctioneer was inducted into the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.  This award is given to an individual based on integrity, honesty, high moral character, acute fairness, and distinction, and is bestowed on an auctioneer each year who, over the course of his or her profession, has committed him or herself to fostering excellence in the auction industry.  The award winner was Nevin B. Rentzel of York, York County.

Eight auctioneers and/or auction companies garnered awards in the traditional first-place categories in the PAA Advertising/Marketing Contest, including Hostetter Auctioneers, Sanford Alderfer Companies, Hurley Auctions, Martin Auctioneers, Inc., Michael F. Dilliard Co, LLC, Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co., Harry H. Bachman Auctioneer, and Fortna Auctioneers. Judged and chosen by all auctioneers in attendance was “Auctioneer’s Choice“.  The winner of this award was Hostetter Auctioneers, of Beaver Falls, Beaver County.   ”Best of Show“, strictly a judges’ award, was bestowed on Martin Auctioneers, Inc. of New Holland, Lancaster County.

Officers for the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association for 2015 include: Patrick K. Morgan, President, New Holland, Lancaster County; Bill Anderson, Jr. President-Elect, of Harrison City, Westmoreland County; Kim Williams, Vice President of Bloomsburg, Columbia County; and Robert A. Ensminger, Treasurer, Harrisburg, Dauphin County.  Mark L. Ferry, of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, as PAA President in 2014, will serve one more year on the PAA Board of Directors as immediate past president.  Kimberly K. Hemingway of Perkiomenville, Montgomery County is Administrator.

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Mark your Calendar for the 2016 PAA Conference:
January 13-15th