The 2018 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship
On Friday, May 4, 2018, the World Automobile Auctioneers Championship held their annual competition to find out who would be crowned to be the “Best Of The Best” Champion Auctioneer, Ringman and Auction Team in the auto auction industry. The championship competition was held in one of the largest auto auction facilities in the United States at ADESA Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
There were 79 competitors with over 130 different competitor combinations for the 3 categories; Auctioneer, Ringman and Auction Team. Competitors came across the United States to compete, encourage one another, see old friends and make new friends that is a part of tradition in the auction industry. The World Automobile Auctioneers Championship is owned by Paul C. Behr, a Colorado Auctioneers Association member.
Of the 79 competitors, 5 members of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, Shawn Hagler, Sammy Hamblin, Wes Lamb, Vaughn Long and Chris Miller competed at the 2018 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship, commonly known as WAAC.
Pictured above is Sammy Hamblin, Chris Miller and Shawn Hagler.
Vaughn Long (pictured below) was awarded 4th place in the Auction Team division of the 2018 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship Competition.
Wes Lamb Awarded The Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award is decided upon by World Auto Auction Champions attending the Annual WAAC Competition. The past champions look at the newer competitors that “show great potential in growth of continually moving their career forward and improving.”
Confidence, Control, Charisma, Chant, Clarity and an Auctioneers Control and Feel on-the-auction-block are many of the qualities that the past, World Automobile Auctioneers Champions look for when deciding upon whom they determine to be the recipient of The Rising Star Award.
1997 World Auto Auction Champion, Kevin McGlothlen, attended the 2018 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship and was one of the champions that awarded The Rising Star Award to Wes Lamb. Kevin has known Wes for a couple of years and is very impressed by him and has watched his growth and improvement as an Auto Auctioneer. “Wes really possesses Class & Charisma. He has a bright smile, confidence, passionate and most importantly, humble. Whenever Wes meets someone, he greets them confidently and the whole package just comes across. He’s going to go far.”
*Thank you to Myers Jackson for photos.