Chuck Cumberlin “Go Your Best” Award

Wes Lamb Awarded

2017 Colorado Auctioneer Champion

Wes Lamb, Eaton, Colorado, was crowned the 2017 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion Auctioneer on Saturday January 7, 2017, at the Colorado Auctioneers Association annual Auctioneer Championship.  Competitors from all over Colorado (and a few CAA members from neighboring states) performed in front of an esteemed panel of judges including International and State Champion Auctioneers.

Fifteen  contestants vied for the coveted honor of winning the Chuck Cumberlin “Go Your Best” Traveling Trophy, a custom-made championship belt buckle and a $1000 award to represent the CAA at the 2017 International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) in Columbus, OH.

Wes shared with the CAA, “My passion for the auction business started at a young age. When I was a mere eight years old I can remember showing up to Loveland Auto Auction and getting paid ten dollars a day to run invoices into the office. Running through each lane listening to the thundering voices of the auctioneers was an adrenaline rush for me. Being raised up in a family of auctioneers, the auction industry is something I have always wanted to pursue.

A little family history, my Grandpa, George Lamb, started the first, Colorado Auto Auction and my Dad, Randy Lamb, has been an auto auctioneer for over 40 years. At the age of nineteen, I really began to seriously work on my career as a Professional Auctioneer.

Starting from the ground up meant beginning my work as a Ringman to gain better experience and soak up the knowledge of the auctioneers around me. I also had my older brother, Chad Lamb, with me at the auctions, helping me to understand and work the floor, all while having fun with it. As you can see, the auction industry is not just a career but a family affair as well. Besides family, I could not have made it where I am today without learning from admirable auctioneers like Ken Holzworth, Scott Goodhue, Josh White, Terry Elson, Harley Troyer and many more. Someday, I hope I can help an upcoming auctioneer and set a good example as these gentlemen have done for me.

A wise auctioneer by the name of Steve Holt once said, “If the only thing you get from this competition is a trophy, then I feel sorry for you.” And that is the truth. Improving myself and challenging fellow Colorado Auctioneers has been the best part of being in the association and participating in the competitions. Every year, after competing in the competition, I would go home and study the videos to try and learn from my mistakes. And a big thanks goes to my loving future wife Jill for all her support throughout the years.

And after it is all said and done, it is truly an honor for me to be your 2017 State Champion. I am looking forward to spending time with each one of you and getting to know the auctioneer community. I will work just as hard as I have pursuing my auction career in being a great ambassador for the Colorado Auctioneers Association and representing us all to the best of my ability.”

Each professional auctioneer who competed became a better auctioneer because of the contest and should be congratulated for taking part.  Their improvement and growth as auctioneers makes the association and the industry better for all.  “Thank you” to AuctionFlex for providing the auction clerking software for the auction.



“Thank you” to Brian Allmer and for providing LIVE video streaming and recording that can be found on his website.  We are extremely grateful for their service.



Colorado State Auctioneer Champions

2017                Wes Lamb

2016                Josh Larson

2015                Doug Carpenter, CAI

2014                Scott Shuman, CAI

2013                Sean Allen

2012                Emily (Wears) Kroul, CAI

2011                Adam Kevil

2010                Rich Schur CAI, MPPA, BAS

2009                Steve Linnebur

2008                Shawn Hagler

2007                Mike Heitmann

2006                Kevin Holt

2005                Walt Partridge

2004                Everett Schneider

2003                David P. Whitley CAI, CES

2002                Josh White

2001                Brian Marshall

2000                Lloyd Michael, Jr.

1999                Scott Goodhue

1998                Dan McVey

1997                No Contestant

1996                Ken Holzworth

1995                James Higgins

1994                Brian Weitzel

1993                Steven W. Holt

1992                John L. Korrey

1991                Raymond R. Holt

1990                Sammy Hamblen

1989                Ron Miller

1988                Robert L. Johnson

1987                Randell N. Smith

1986                Larry Lusher

1985                Jack Salisbury

1984                Ted Odle

1983                Jack De Nooy

1982                Fritz Rundel

1981                Otha C. “Jr.” Mass

1980                Booth Brown

























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