2016 KAA Auctioneer Championship Preliminary Round

The preliminary round of competition for the 2016 Kansas Auctioneer Championship is complete. The top ten from this preliminary round advance to the finals at the State Fair on September 14. Congratulations to the top ten qualifiers!

Justin Ball
Justin Banzhaf
Trisha Brauer
Josh Miller
Russ Puchala
Yve Rojas
Brad Sosebee
Toney Thornhill
Tony Wisely
Titus Yutzy

We’ll see you in Hutchinson!

Contestant pictures



2016 KAA Winter Convention

January 14 through January 17, 2016

Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612

KAA room rate is $90 per night

(Tell them KS Auctioneers Association or KSAA)
– OR –
(Select Group Code & enter AUCTION)
RESERVATION DEADLINE – December 15, 2015

Download schedule and registration form

6 – 10 pmPresident’s Reception/Registration
7 pmBoard of Directors followed by Past Presidents’ meeting
7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast & Fellowship
8:30 – 9 amLegislative Update by Dan Murray, KAA Legislative Monitor
9 amAuxiliary – meet in hotel lobby for tours
9 – 1 pmReal Estate Mandatory Salesperson/Broker Core Course with Cheryl Huebert (REALTORS® of South Central KS)
12 – 1 pmVendor Spotlight Luncheon (Included with full Conference Registration)
1  – 4 pmReal Estate Elective Course – Psychology of Working Your Buyer with Spanky Assiter
4:15 – 5 pmFirst Time Attendees’ Orientation
4:30 – 4:45 pmRookie Contestants Meeting
4:30 – 6:30 pmFun Auction Item Check-in
4:30 – 6 pmCocktails
5:15 – 6:45 pmKansas Auctioneer Championship Preliminary Event
7:15 pmBanquet, Fun Auction, Rookie Auctioneer Competition
7 – 9 amBreakfast & fellowship
7 – 7:30 amAuxiliary – Christian Auctioneers Fellowship
8 – 8:35 amCandidate speeches for KAA Board of Directors/Officer Elections
8:35 – 8:50 amVoting
9 – 10:30 amInside Online Auctions with Wavebid
– OR –
Identification of Explosive Hazardous/Military Ordnances with James Moore of the Topeka Police Department
9:30 amAuxiliary – Annual Meeting
10:30 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:15 pmFirst Generation Auctioneers: Paving your Way to a New Career with Shannon Mays
12:15 – 1:30 pmLunch on Your Own
 – OR –
Auxiliary Scholarship Luncheon & Auction
1:30 – 3 pmBe a Champion with Spanky Assiter
3 – 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 – 4:45 pmRingmen vs. Bid Spotters: Why Hire a Professional Ringman with Shannon Mays
4:45 – 6:30 pmKAA Annual Meeting
7 pmAwards Banquet
9:30 pmHall of Fame Reception
8 to 8:45 amNon-denominational Inspirational Worship Service & KAA Memorial
9 – 10:30 amPanel of Champions – Spanky Assiter, Shannon Mays, Charly Cummings, Kevin Borger, Megan Niedens
10:45 amInstallation Brunch
Following BrunchKAA & Auxiliary Board Meetings

2016 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Champion

We held our 8th Annual Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Championship on October 29th at Russell Livestock, LLC in Russell, Kansas. Contestants have to not only be members of the Kansas Auctioneers Association, but also be sponsored by a Kansas livestock market.

Gayle Ruggles of McCook, Nebraska, Justin Murphy of Russel, Iowa and Ronnie Reynolds of Yates Center, Kansas, had the honor of judging this years 11 competitors. They scored the contestants on presentation, clarity of chant/voice quality, bid catching, execution of sale and the question, “Would you hire this auctioneer?” Our 2015 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Champion, Russele Sleep, was the master of ceremonies for this highly competitive event with so many highly talented auctioneers.

We are proud to announce Kyle Layman of Morland, KS as our 2016 Livestock Auctioneer Champion. Rounding out the top 5 are Brandon Hamel of Damar, KS; Dan McVey of Springfield, CO; Neil Bouray of Superior, NE and Cody Murray of Sylvan Grove, KS.

Listen to a radio interview KRSL and our very own Mike Bailey and Russele Sleepe, along with Craig Hienen of Russell Livestock, LLC on the morning of the contest.

8th Annual KAA Livestock Auctioneer Competition

The first 15 entry forms received will have the privilege of competing in our 8th Annual Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Competition.  Contestants must be sponsored by a Kansas Livestock Market and be a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in order to eligible to enter.  We do hope members and the public will join us for this exciting event and show support for those that are vying for the title of 2016 Kansas Livestock Auctioneer Champion.

Thursday – October 29, 2015
Russell Livestock, LLC
11:30 Sale Time & 1:00 Contest Time

Greg Carey, Owner & Operator and Craig Heinen, Auctioneer

Free hamburger lunch is being provided by Russell Livestock, LLC.

Contest Flyer & Entry Form

KAA Membership Application

Annoucing the 2015 Kansas Auctioneer Champion

September 16th at the Bretz Law Arena on the Kansas State Fair grounds, finals for the title of 2015 Kansas Auctioneer Champion were held.

The distinguished judges who had the honor of adjudicating the fierce competition were Jason Winter, owner of West Central Auction Company in Harrisonville, Missouri; Regina Andrijeski, Co-Owner of Old West Realty & Auction in Curtis, Nebraka; and Troy Lippard, President of Lippard Auction in Enid, Oklahoma. They scored the contestants on presentation, chant/voice and effective auctioneering from the selling of three items. Scoring was also conducted on an interview with two questions being posed.

The field was narrowed down from eighteen at the KAA Winter Convention in January at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Wichita to top ten who competed in the finals:  Justin Ball of Chandler, OK; Justin Banzhaf of Cambridge, NE, Michael Burkhart of Greensburg, KS; Ross Daniels of Homboldt, KS; Shaun Elmore of Hoisington, KS; Jeff Garber of Lincoln, MO; Lenny Mullin of Shawnee, KS; Yve Rojas of Kansas City, MO; Donnie Stumpff of Cassville, MO; and Titus Yutzy of Hutchinson, KS.


2015 Kansas Auctioneer Champion – Lenny Mullin

Reserve Champion – Jeff Garber

3rd Place – Justin Ball

4th Place – Yve Rojas

5th Place – Justin Banzhaf

Congratulations and thank you to all our competitors for an amazing day of auctioning!

New Issue of Sunflower

The September/October issue of the KAA Sunflower newsletter is now available for members to view in the Member’s only section.

This issue features:

  • Upcoming 2015 KAA Auctioneer Championship Finals on September 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Kansas State Fair.
  • Winter Convention Speaker Highlight
  • Letter from Hannes Combest, NAA CEO
  • Article by Mike Brandly
  • Notes from the KAA and KAA Auxiliary Presidents
  • and more.

Summer Get Together ~ Join us August 7 & 8


  • 12:00 – Pre Golf Lunch at Links at Pretty Prairie Golf Course
    • (Included with golf registration.)
  • 1:00 – Golf Tournament at Links at Pretty Prairie Golf Course
    • (See Registration Form  below for details.)
  • 6:00 to 9:00 – Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (KAA Private Party & Dinner) 
    • Dinner at 6:30 and tour around exhibits on your own


  • Breakfast at the Hampton Inn Hutchinson
    • (Complimentary with your room stay.)
  • Discover & Enjoy Hutchinson 
    • (http://www.hutchgov.com/148/Discover-Hutchinson)
  • 9:30 Board Meeting at location to be determined
  • Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:30 – Potter Creek Outfitters Tour 
  • 3:00- Skeet Shooting at Potter Creek Outfitters
    • Bring your own gun & ammo OR rent a gun & purchase ammo from them.
  • 6:00 – Dinner at the Airport Steakhouse

Hampton Inn Hutchinson ~ 1401 1/2 East 11th Street ~ 620-665-9800

KAA Group Rate is $99.95 per night & Reservation Deadline is July 17, 2015


April 2015 is declared Auctioneer’s Month

On April 29, the board of directors traveled to Topeka to meet with Governor Sam Brownback. The governor signed a proclamation declaring April to be Auctioneer’s Month. As always, it seems that auctioneers are one of his favorite groups to meet with.

As the governor tells it, his father thought he was quite the talker and would make a great auctioneer. He actually went to auction school, but in the end decided to go to law school.


Pictured left to right are Aaron Traffas, Charly Cummings, Yve Rojas, Robert Haley, Sam Brownback, Richard Garvin, Cindi Ferguson, Bill Eberhardt, Lenny Mullin and Curt Marshall.

2015 KAA Winter Convention recap

The 2015 KAA Winter Convention featured excellent networking opportunities and auctioneer education in addition to the 2015 KAA Auctioneer Championship preliminary round.

It all started off on Thursday evening with the President’s Reception in a suite, KAA board meeting an the past president’s meeting with incoming president, Bill Eberhardt. Real estate continuing education courses were held Friday during the day with a required broker core course on office management by the Wichita Area Association of REALTORS® and an elective course called Auction Verdicts taught by Mike Brandly. The Auxiliary had their fun, touring and sampling the Nifty Nut House and doing some shopping.

We were excited to have 18 contestants in the 25th Annual Kansas Auctioneer Championship preliminaries. 10 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. Please be proud as twice the amount was raised for them this year compared to 2014. Our Rookie Champion for 2015 is Cody Miller and our Early Bird winner is Mark Sudduth. Both won free registration to next year’s convention.

Saturday was power-packed with lots of educational sessions by Mike Brandly, Paul Behr and Christie King. The sessions included information on benefit auctions, UCCs, auctioneering, bid calling and the history of auctioneering, as well as a panel of champions session. The Auxiliary held their luncheon, conducted their scholarship fund auction and inducted Jean Oswalt into the KAA Auxiliary Hall of Fame.

Auctioneer education

At dinner, three scholarships were awarded – Brooke Eberhardt (Bill Eberhardt), Chelsea Fullerton (Lance Fullerton) and Afton Moore (granddaughter of Richard Schoen and LaDonna Schoen-Gehring). Two KAA New Auctioneer Scholarships were given out to Shaun Elmore and Marlon Hoeffner. Lance Fullerton received his 2014 Kansas Auctioneer Champion plaque and prize money and Russele Sleep, who was unable to attend, was recognized as the 2015 KAA Livestock Auctioneer Champion. The KAA Hall of Fame awards were presented to two recipients this year, Lester Edgecomb and Jack Newcom. After the director services auction to raise money for the association’s speaker fund, a dual reception was held for both of our new Hall of Fame inductees.

Saturday night president’s gala

Sunday, after the inspirational worship service, Christie King filled in for Hannes Combest, who ended up not being able to make it this year, and presented Using Effective Communication to Increase Your Business. The installation luncheon was held where Richard Garvin received a belt buckle to commemorate his presidency in 2013. A plaque was given to Megan McCurdy Niedens in honor of her 2014 presidency. It was announced that Lenny Mullin and Yve Rojas are the newest members of the KAA’s board of directors. Both the KAA and KAA Auxiliary 2015 boards of directors were installed. Afterwards, both boards meet to already get started on their work for this year.

Sunday luncheon