Bret Barker Wins
2017 Troil Welton Memorial Award
The 2016 Troil Welton Award was won by Bret V. Barker of Hotchkiss, Colorado. Mr. Barker graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering in September 2016, and has already worked several fundraising auctions in Arizona and Colorado. A native of Denver, Mr. Barker graduated from Green Mountain High School in Lakewood and then earned a bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Brett and his wife, Heidi, produce grass/alfalfa mix horse hay at their irrigated farm in Hotchkiss from April through October every year, then they head to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they enjoy the winter with their six-up of Spotted Draft mares.
“Going to auction college has been a dream of mine for over 30 years but my busy life as a businessman and farmer got in the way! After attending many horse auctions and antique sales over the years I finally made time to attend and the experience was fantastic. World Wide is a first class organization and everyone I have met in the industry has been helpful and friendly. I especially enjoyed attending the Colorado Auctioneers Association annual convention in Denver. My only regret is that I did not get started years earlier!”
Mr. Barker plans to work hard in the fundraising and benefit space and is anxious to gain experience where ever he can. “The auction business is exciting and I believe that there are many opportunities on the horizon.”
Watch future articles of the CAA Newsletter for stories about some of these 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.