James Head Wins
2018 Troil Welton Memorial Award
To continue to be viable, any organization must attract new members. The Colorado Auctioneers Association always welcomes new members whether they are fresh out of auction school or if they have been auctioneers for many years. This year we were pleased to have both at our convention.
We had two new members who had completed their auction training within the last twelve months and were eligible to compete in the First Timers Bid Calling Contest on Friday night. This is always a spirited and fun competition in which attending association members and the public support the competitors in their first public competition.
James Head shared with the CAA, “For quite a few years I noticed World Wide College of Auctioneering holds September classes in Denver, when that September passed, I would regret not attending auction school. Since having graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering in September 2017, I haven’t had a regrettable second being involved with such a wonderful industry. Getting to know the auctioneers both local and nationally has brought out my passion for auctioneering that has always been there. My future plan is to continue learning from some of the best in the industry while expanding my auction business.
Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, I have been in Colorado for 18 years. I am a graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelors’ of Science Degree in Biology. I received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. I am also a Certified Manager Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) for the American Society for Quality (ASQ). I have spent my post-college career in the Medical Device industry and am currently employed by Medtronic in Boulder, CO. I live in Longmont CO with my wife, Erin, son, Daniel, and dog, Marlie.
I am very humbled to be the recipient of the 2018 Troil Welton Memorial Award. Thank you to everyone involved with the Colorado Auctioneers Association. This year’s conference was a great event and I look forward to being an active member of the association in the coming years.”
Watch future articles of the CAA Newsletter for stories about some of the first time members. Each one has a unique story about why they decided to live their dream by becoming professional auctioneers.
About The Troil Welton Memorial Award
Troil C. Welton, who spent more than 45 years in the auction business, was a pioneer of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, and was always known for his special help to new auctioneers. Following his death in 1999, the CAA Board voted to annually present the Troil Welton Memorial Award to the winner of the First Timers Bid Calling Contest held annually at the CAA Convention. Mr. Welton began his career in the barn of his farm and ranch. While milking, he would “auction” his cows every morning and evening and “sell” his farm machinery while working the fields. He was selected CAA “Auctioneer of the Year” in 1985, and was inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1987, he was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame of the National Auctioneers Association.