MarkNet Alliance Affiliate Auctioneers Sweep Top Honors at National Convention

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Hundreds of auctioneers from around the country and abroad converged in Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show July 9-11.

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Spanky Assiter (Texas) industry veteran and official auctioneer of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions, was elected Vice President by majority vote of National Auctioneers Association (NAA) members. After this coming year of vice presidential duties, Assiter will assume the leadership role of NAA President in July 2015.

Joining a cadre of legendary auctioneers, MarkNet members and long-time business owners Bill Sheridan (Michigan) and Tommy Rowell (Georgia) were inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame at the President’s Gala. Sharon Huisman (California) was inducted into the NAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame. To garner this lifetime achievement, inductees must be nominated by a peer and then chosen by a panel of past recipients of the prestigious award. Introduced by their close peer and mentor, inductees were unaware of the honor before hearing their names announced then were joined on stage by a surprise processional of family, friends and business associates. Rowell was also awarded the diamond gavel for his contributions to the National Auctioneers Foundation (NAF).

Jason Miller, Ohio, took home the title of International Auctioneer Champions (IAC) winner in the Men’s Division. Contestants are judged on their bid calling skills, showmanship and interview questions. TJ Freije (Indiana) and Dustin Rogers (North Carolina) were named first and second runners-up, respectively. All three IAC winners are MarkNet Alliance members.

Matt Hostetter (Pennsylvania) was recognized as an up and coming leader in the auction industry at the IAC, receiving the Bob Steffes Rising Star Award.

Taking the reigns as Chair of the NAA Auxiliary is long-time auction professional Traci Dower (Tennessee). Tommy Rowell was passed the gavel as National Auctioneers Foundation NAF president.

Committed to education endowment among young adults in the auction industry, the NAA Auxiliary awards annual scholarships. This year two young men with ties to MarkNet Alliance member companies were Samuel Holder (North Carolina) and Rusty Provins (Tennessee) received scholarships.

MarkNet Alliance is a national, membership-based network of auction companies with proven track records and thriving businesses. The MarkNet model focuses on making small businesses even more successful by offering technology resources, networking opportunities and educational training for auctioneers and staff. MarkNet software allows members to connect with other auctioneers across the country and manage the process from their local office. Through the Alliance, MarkNet members have a broader depth of expertise, more efficient auctions and the tools offer a complete, well-rounded auction experience for clients.

Contact: Claire Eskew, MarkNet Alliance, claire(at)marknetalliance(dot)com, (888) 307-6545

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