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At the 2022 National Auctioneers Association (NAA) International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) held Friday, July 29 in San Diego, California, three questions were asked of the contestants. Here, we note those three questions and our answers to them:

  • The International Auctioneers Championship is coveted as one of the highest awards you can receive in the auction industry. What motivates you to strive to be an IAC Champion?
  • As an IAC Champion, you have a large platform within the association. What change would you make to an existing NAA program and why?
  • Yesterday in the business meeting it was mentioned of the potential for the IAC to be broadcast to a national audience in the future. What do you consider the benefits of reaching this larger audience?

The International Auctioneers Championship is coveted as one of the highest awards you can receive in the auction industry. What motivates you to strive to be an IAC Champion?

The International Auctioneers Champions are likely the most influential members of The National Auctioneers Association. As they travel to state conventions and other events throughout the United States and beyond, aspiring auctioneers and thus potential members see the rewards of competing and winning as well as membership. I strive to become a champion to carry this message to those who can help NAA prosper today, and for many years in the future.

As an IAC Champion, you have a large platform within the association. What change would you make to an existing NAA program and why?

The National Auctioneers Association’s vision is to be the voice of the auction profession, helping auctioneers via the four cornerstones: Advocacy, Promotions, Community, and Education. While all four cornerstones provide exemplary services, I believe NAA can do more to truly be the voice of the auction industry. Publishing an annual report, a year-in-review, and/or a state of the union publication could reach many not in the market for auction services, broadening our influence in the media, government, and the public at large. Making our voice more widespread would help our members and help our association grow accordingly.

Yesterday in the business meeting it was mentioned of the potential for the IAC to be broadcast to a national audience in the future. What do you consider the benefits of reaching this larger audience?

As you noted earlier, the IAC is coveted as one of the highest awards in the auction industry — and it should be broadcast to not only a national audience but worldwide. The auctioneer’s chant is fascinating and captivating drawing attention to a 2,000-year-old marketplace. As with any live auction, once we have the public’s “attention” they can learn more about the benefits of buying and selling at auction as well as the lifelong opportunities that exist in the auction profession.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, CAS, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Brandly Real Estate & Auction, and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. He serves as Distinguished Faculty at Hondros College, Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School, and an Instructor at the National Auctioneers Association’s Designation Academy and Western College of Auctioneering. He has served as faculty at the Certified Auctioneers Institute held at Indiana University and is approved by The Supreme Court of Ohio for attorney education.