74th Conference of the PA Auctioneers Association
The 74th Conference and Trade Show of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association (PAA) took place recently in Harrisburg, PA from January 11th to the 14th. The PAA is one of the largest Auctioneer Associations in the United States. The association meets once a year in Harrisburg, with local chapters meeting multiple times a year, to host educational seminars, an annual Auctioneer Competition, Advertising & Marketing Contest and a Fun Auction. The PAA is dedicated to making the auction industry stronger. 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.
Well over one hundred auction professionals were in attendance, including auctioneers, apprentices, auction students, support personnel, vendors and presenters. During the event, all had access to various educational seminars which 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 that require ongoing education.
13 Presenters from around the country offered a wealth of information. Many of the presenters were from the PAA membership itself, including the 2021 President Matt Hostetter who, along with J. Meryl Stoltzfus, led a “Bid Calling Critique”, where auctioneers could bid call and get some pointers. Member Dana Balsamo shared her wealth of knowledge about “Identification and Valuation of Quilts”; Sherman Hostetter discussed “Auction Company Management and Structure”; Tim Keller spoke on “Helping Non-Profits and How to Make a Profit”; and Brent Souder discussed how industry experiences, relationships, strategies and truth create an authentic way to build one’s business. Pook and Pook, Inc.’s photographers, Hannah Kelleher and Erin Chance, discussed product photography. The PAA also hosted the National Auctioneers Association President Beth Rose, who spoke on “Real Estate & Auctions & How to Overcome 2020 & 2021”. Paul Gibson, of Shipping Saint, discussed in detail (he’s a numbers guy) how to be efficient and make a profit with auction shipping. From Matthew Fridg of Headspace Media, the PAA heard two sessions on Facebook marketing and different approaches; Sandler Training’s Michael DeMonte presented “Work-Life Balance”; and the Associations own legal counsel, Attorney Anthony Cox, Jr., discussed and answered many questions on contracts and other current happenings affecting the auction industry.
The PAA has many very generous sponsors including E. R. Munro & Company, who were the Corporate Registration Sponsor. Platinum sponsors included United Merchant Processing Association, Shearer Printing & Office Solutions, Sanford Alderfer Real Estate, Auction Technology Group, AuctionTime/AuctionFlex, and Alderfer Auction. There were many other sponsors at various levels.
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. Three 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 2022 Hall of Fame inductees were Michael Calvert of Linesville PA; Randy Betton, who now resides in Fort Wayne IN; and Patrick Morgan of New Holland PA.
The PAA had a unique and first-time situation of a double award winner, as the recipient of the prestigious award of Auctioneer of the Year was also awarded to Patrick K. Morgan of New Holland. Each year, the winner of the Auctioneer of the Year award is selected by his/her state-wide peers. Mr. Morgan 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.
Annually, the PAA hosts the Pennsylvania Auctioneer Competition Championship. After last year’s PA Farm Show cancellation, they were excited to be back at the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex with hundreds in attendance, participating in the auction. The competition was held on Wednesday evening, January 14th, highlighting the best auctioneers in the state of Pennsylvania. 17 contestants competed, with John Stauffer of Newmanstown PA coming out as the overall Champion. The Runner-up was Brian Burk II of Meshoppen PA; the Rookie (licensed for less than 2 years) was Colin McPeak of Needmore PA; and the Top Female Competitor was Katelyn Callahan of Pequea PA.
Several auction companies were given awards in the first-place categories within the PAA Advertising & Marketing Contest, including Hurley Auctions (5 categories), Beiler-Campbell Auction Services, Kimberly K Auction, LLC, Fortna Auctioneers & Marketing Group, H.K. Keller, Alderfer Auction (2), Hostetter Auctioneers (2), Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, and Larry A. Swartz, Auctioneer. The "Best of Show", strictly a judges' award, was bestowed on Alderfer Auction, who also won The Advertising & Marketing award of “Auctioneer's Choice", which was judged and chosen by all auctioneers attending the conference.
Officers for the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association for 2022 include: President Jamie Shearer of Downingtown PA; President-Elect Lon Clemmer of Harleysville PA; Vice President Tom Saylor of Felton PA; and Treasurer Robert A. Ensminger of Harrisburg PA. Matt Hostetter of Beaver Falls PA will serve on the PAA Board of Directors as the immediate Past President. Kimberly K. Douglass of Boyertown PA is the Executive Director for the Association. 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.