PA Auctioneers Award Many in the Industry
The PA Auctioneers Association held a successful May Conference (May 10th through 13th) despite it being pushed into June from January. Their 73rd annual conference did, however, look a bit different, especially without the host of the PA Farm Show for the annual PA Auctioneer Competition. There were close to 150 attendees at this conference showing the dedication of so many members and affiliates of the Association. Being part of an association is important and “if you are going to be part of an Association, be involved! - Don’t just pay your dues” says past President (2019 & 2020), Jeff Pennington of New Castle PA.
The PAA is one of the largest Auctioneer Associations in the United States. The membership of the PAA is made up of auctioneers, trade members, and other auction professionals who are passionate about the auction industry and the auction method of selling. This event included the safe gathering of these auction professionals including auctioneers, apprentices, auction students, support personnel, vendors, and presenters.
A well-attended Trade Show enabled attendees to speak with such vendors as E.R. Munro & Company, All Points Sound, Auction Time/Auction Flex/HiBid, CRS Recycling Services, Greater Giving, Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association, Shipping Saint, United Merchant Processing Assoc., Wavebid, and Proxibid. Many of whom were sponsors for the event and throughout the year.
All had access to many educational seminars during the course of the event that will allow them to better serve their buyers, sellers and the industry as a whole. The PAA focuses on educating the auction professional. Continuing education points were available to the many auctioneers who maintain advanced auctioneer certifications or auctioneer licenses held in other states requiring education. 13 Presenters from around the country offered a wealth of information including the new PAA Legal Counsel Anthony D. Cox, Jr of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, PC; Greg Drake of 360 Tour Designs; Matthew Fridge of auctionpromarketing.com; Larry Oxenham of Amer. Society for Asset Protection; Erik Rasmus of Rasmus Auctions; James Weishedel of HR Enhancement Solutions; and PAA members and specialists Matt Hostetter, Marjorie Hartman, Mike Keller, Patrick Morgan, Jeff Pennington, Jason Reed, and J. Meryl Stoltzfus.
The PAA annually hosts the PA Auctioneer Competition at the Farm Show Complex during the PA Farm Show but due to the change in date, it was held at the hotel venue of the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey in Harrisburg PA. On Tuesday evening, May 11th Brian Oberholtzer of Reinolds, PA came out as the overall Champion. The Runner-up was Brian Burk II of Meshoppen PA and the the Rookie (licensed for under 2 years) was Daniel Lee Stoltzfus of Gap PA. The Top Female Competitor was Kylee Hostetter of Beaver Falls PA. Continuation of this competition was made possible by the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Manheim Pennsylvania
Several awards are given out to honor some of those who have dedicated their careers to the industry and who have made the industry better for all. Two auctioneers were inducted into the PAA 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 2021 Hall of Fame inductees were Kerry Pae originally from Milroy PA but now residing out of state and John Fry of Ephrata.
The recipient of the prestigious award of Auctioneer of the Year was awarded to Mark Ferry of Latrobe PA. 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. Ferry 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.
The PAA awarded the Honorable Mark Keller, Auctioneer, PAA member and former member of the PA House of Representatives for the 86th District for his many years of dedication to the auction industry by presenting him with a plaque.
Traditionally awarded during the conference but awarded earlier in the year, several auction companies were garnered awards in the first-place categories within the PAA Advertising/Marketing Contest, including Hostetter Auctioneers, Kimberly K Auction, Patrick Morgan Auction Services, Lane Ryan Auctions, Max Spann Auctions Co, Dotta Auction Co., Sanford Alderfer Real Estate, Hurley Auctions, Fortna Auctioneers and Alderfer Auction. The "Best of Show" was bestowed on Pook & Pook, Inc.
Officers for the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association for 2021 include: Matt Hostetter, President of Beaver Falls; Jamie Shearer, President-Elect of Downingtown; Lon Clemmer of Harleysville PA; and Robert A. Ensminger, Treasurer, of Harrisburg. Jeff Pennington will serve on the PAA Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. Kimberly K. Douglass of Boyertown is the Executive Director and Magazine Editor.
The PAA would like to thank all of the following Sponsors:
Manheim Auto Auction, Manheim Pennsylvania
E.R. Munro & Company
United Merchant Processing Assoc.
The PAA Central Chapter
PAA Hall of Fame
Kimberly K Auction
Terry Von Nieda Sales
Pook & Pook
Pro Auction Ring
Antique & Auction News
Briggs Auction, Inc.
CRS Recycling Services, Inc.
Harry H. Bachman, Auctioneer
Pook & Pook, Inc.
Patrick Morgan Auction Service
To find a PAA Auctioneer in your area or to find out more about the association go to www.paauctioneers.org or contact the association at firstname.lastname@example.org.