The annual Missouri Professional Auctioneer Association convention was held this past weekend, March 1-2, in Jefferson City. While there, auctioneers and their companies gathered to touch up on their knowledge, with several seminars to learn new things that are going on in the auction industry.
But the highlight of the convention was the preliminary round bid calling contest which was held Saturday night, where some of the auction industries finest hands competed to show off their skill and talent. The contestants were judged on several areas such as: overall appearance, salesmanship of the items, command of the audience, and the auctioneers chant.
Brookfield’s Josh Teter, owner/operator of Teter Auction Service, was among those who competed, placing in the top 10 in the state for 2013. Since achieving that honor, he now has advanced to the finals and will compete at the Missouri State Fair on August 8.
Teter, a 2012 graduate of Brookfield High School, is rare amongst his peers as he is already a successful business owner who really never left his hometown. “I knew I wanted to be an auctioneer after going to several sales with my grandfather when I was younger,” explained Teter. “I loved knowing there was an auction somewhere, and I loved the atmosphere of it. I knew I just had to be a part of it.”
This set Josh off on the process of becoming a certified auctioneer. “My training involved hours and hours of practice and good old trial and error,” said Teter. “At the age of 16 I attended auctioneer school at World Wide College of Auctioneering where we studied aspects of the auction business and practiced all week long from eight in the morning until nine at night.”