2018 Winter Convention

January 25 – 28, 2018

DoubleTree Hilton Wichita Airport

2098 Airport Road, Wichita, KS 67209
Call 316.945.5272 | Online



Thursday Evening ~ January 25

5:00 PMRegistration Check-in
6:00 PMPresident’s Reception
7:00 PMBoard of Directors followed by Past Presidents’ meeting

Friday ~ January 26

7:30 AMRegistration/Check-in
Breakfast & Fellowship
8:30 AMLegislative Update by Dan Murray, KAA Legislative Monitor
9:00 AMReal Estate Mandatory Salesperson/Broker Core CE with Amanda Rempe
12:00 PMVendor Spotlight Luncheon (Included with a full Conference Registration)
12:45 PMAuxiliary Tours (meet in the lobby)
1:00 PMReal Estate Course Elective CE with George Michak
Photography session
4:15 PMFirst Time Attendees Orientation
4:30 PMFun Auction Item Check-in
Rookie Contestants Meeting
5:00 PMKansas Auctioneer Contestant Roll all and Orientation
5:15 PMKAA Auction Extravaganza (Doors open at 5:00)
Kansas Auctioneer Championship Preliminary Round
Banquet | Fun Auction | Rookie Auctioneer Competition

Saturday ~ January 27

7:00 AMBreakfast & fellowship
Christian Auctioneer Fellowship (Not a KAA sanctioned event)
8:00 AMCandidate speeches for KAA Board of Directors/Officer Elections
8:00 AM*** Auxiliary Board meeting
8:35 AMKAA Election Voting
9:00 AMModern Consumer Trends with John Schultz
Bid Calling with Champions
9:30 AM*** Auxiliary Annual Meeting
10:45 AMHow to Take It to the Next Level and Maybe Help Your Auction Business in the Process with John Nicholls
Hands-on Marketing Workshop with John Schultz
12:00 PM*** Auxiliary Scholarship Luncheon -OR- Lunch on Your Own
1:30 PMUsing Data to Find the Right Buyers with John Schultz
3:00 PMMental Strength in the Auction Industry with John Nicholls
4:45 PMKAA Annual Meeting
7:00 PMAwards Banquet
9:30 PMHall of Fame Reception

Sunday ~ January 28

8:00 AMNon-denominational Inspirational Worship Service & KAA Memorial
9:00 AMGreat Ideas: Ask the Experts
10:45 AMInstallation Brunch
Immediately following Brunch
KAA Board meeting
*** Auxiliary Board meeting

2018 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Championship

The Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Championship was held on October 14, 2017 at the Fort Scott Livestock Market in Fort Scott, Kansas.

We are proud to announce our 2018 Kansas Livestock Champion is Ethan Schuetee of Washington, KS.  Reserve Champion is Jeremy Miller of Fairland, OK with 3rd place going to Brandon Hamel of Damar, KS, 4th place being Cody Davis of Kincaid, KS and 5th going to Ross Daniels of Humboldt, KS.

Our outstanding competitors were Cody Askren of Whiting, KS, Danny Deters of Whiting, KS and Jase Hubert of Emporia, KS.

Ethan took home the Champions belt buckle and will receive $500 cash prize at the Awards Banquet of the KAA’s Winter Convention, plus will be the MC of the 2019 contest next fall.

Kevin Borger of Legacy Auction Professionals, Trenton Johnson of Johnson Auction Services & Crown Realty and Wade Dillinger, a cattle buyer/rancher were on hand to judge this fierce competition where they were judged on: Presentation | Clarity of Chant/Voice Quality | Bid Catching | Execution of Sale | Would you hire this auctioneer?


2017 Kansas Auctioneer Championship

The finals for KAA’s 2017 Kansas Auctioneer Championship were held on September 13 at the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The 2017 Kansas Auctioneer Champion is Julia Sparks of Manhattan. The reserve champion is Justin Banzhaf of Cambridge, Nebraska. Third place was Tony Wisely of Perry, Oklahoma. Donnie Stumpff of Cassville, Missouri, placed fourth and Josh Miller of Beloit, Kansas, rounded out the top five.

Sparks took home the Champions belt buckle, plaque, $200 cash prize, membership to the National Auctioneers Association and an entry in the International Auctioneer Championship to be held July 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The distinguished judges who had the honor of adjudicating the fierce competition were Shawn Terrel, Doug Carpenter and Jeremy Miller. They scored the contestants on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language and other performance elements of effective selling. Participants were also judged on their answers to interview questions.

Complete contest video


8th Annual KAA Golf Tournament

The Golf Committee is excited for 8th Annual KAA Golf Tournament, which is coming up on June 7th at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course (1133 S Highway 99
Emporia, KS  66801).  The tournament will be a four man scramble and include lunch, starting at 12:00.  You can gather up some friends and register your team or register just yourself and we will put you on a team for an afternoon of fabulous fun.  This event is not solely for KAA members, but we would like to have at least one member on each team.

We also welcome, golf hole sponsors for the event.  Sponsors will have a sign at a hole for each $100 given, plus receive recognition in the KAA Sunflower July issue.  If you would like to sponsor or know someone/a company that may like to support our organization for this excellent event, there is a place on the tournament registration form to do so or you can contact Troy Wedel, our Exhibitor/Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, via email.



Retirement auction scheduled for Richard Garvin

All great things must end. On March 4, Richard Garvin, CAI, ATS, CES, GPPA, will be conducting his retirement auction, selling the fixtures in his auction facility in addition to consignment merchandise. While he plans to continue to conduct real estate, coin and firearm auctions, his days of operating a consignment facility in Topeka are coming to a close.

Not only does Richard have a distinguished career as a leader in the auction industry, he has selflessly given back to the KAA, serving as KAA’s president in 2013 and as the presidential appointee in 2015. In 2009, he received the President’s Award of Distinction in recognition and appreciation of his lifetime of dedication and service to the Kansas Auctioneers Association.

The auction will be at RJ’s Auction Service’s Four Corners facility at 15767 S. Topeka Ave in Scranton, Kansas, on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. Learn more at rjsauctionservice.com

The Kansas Auctioneers Association wishes our colleague and comrade Richard the best in his future endeavors, and an enjoyable and relaxing retirement, as we look forward to his friendship and fellowship in our association for many years to come.

2017 KAA Winter Convention recap

The 2017 KAA Winter Convention featured excellent networking opportunities and auctioneer education in addition to the 2017 KAA Auctioneer Championship preliminary round.

It all started off on Thursday evening with the president’s reception, KAA board meeting and the past presidents’ meeting with incoming president, Aaron Traffas. Real estate continuing education courses were held Friday during the day with a required broker core course entitled “RISK – Your Business is Not a Game” by the Wichita Area Association of REALTORS® and an elective course called “Elevating Your Real Estate Auction Service to the 2017 Standards” presented by Marty Higgenbotham. For the members who did not attend the real estate classes, a second track of education was offered entitled “Build Your Brand with Lasting Impressions” taught by Mary Jean Billingsley. The KAA Auxiliary had their fun, which included networking and a presentation on essential oils.

We were excited to have 16 contestants in the 26th Annual Kansas Auctioneer Championship preliminaries. Ten finalists will be advancing to compete at the Kansas State Fair this fall.

The rookie competition and fun auction were held after dinner where funds were also raised for St. Jude Hospital. Our rookie champion for 2016 is Hunter Sturgis. Our early bird winner is Ross Daniels and the winner of the first-timers’ drawing was Neil Bouray. Both won free registration to next year’s convention.

Saturday was power-packed with lots of educational sessions by Jimmie Dean Coffey, Marty Higgenbotham and a panel discussion on contract work. The sessions included information on technology, multi-par auctions, contract work and the value auctioneers add to society. The auxiliary held their luncheon and conducted their scholarship fund auction. Saturday evening was the awards banquet with many deserving KAA members being recognized.


Friday night rookie contest and fun auction

Saturday night awards and directors’ auction

Sunday morning installation breakfast

2017 Kansas Livestock Championship

Congratulations Neil Bouray – 2017 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Champion and Reserve Champion Jace Hubert.

2016 Kansas Auctioneer Championship

Congratulations to Yve Rojas, your 2016 Kansas Auctioneer Champion. We’ll update this post with additional details from the contest soon, but here are pictures and video from the competition held September 14 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Sept/Oct Sunflower

It’s an exciting time of year and you can read up on it all in the September/October issue of the Sunflower.

  • Kansas Auctioneer Championship Finals – Sept. 14th
  • Kansas Auctioneer Day at the State Fair – Sept 14th
  • Note from NAA CEO, Hannes Combest
  • Hall of Fame for KAA & KAA Auxiliary
  • Auction Spotlight – please think about submit to us any auction with unique items for us to spotlight in future issues.

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