Challenge Of Champions Auctioneer

challenge of champions pictureShawn Hagler Crowned

As Inaugural

Challenge Of Champions Auctioneer


During the 60th Anniversary Colorado Auctioneers Association Convention, the Challenge Of Champions competition was held for the first time and was a new addition to the auctions that are held during the annual convention.  This competition is only open to competitors that have been crowned as a Colorado Auctioneer Champion.

Contestants vied for the coveted honor of being crowned the 1st Challenge of Champions Auctioneer, a custom-designed championship belt buckle, a cash award and plaque.  This contest is only scheduled to be held every 5 years and predicts to get more and more competitive throughout the years in addition to entertaining.

Shawn Hagler of Fort Lupton, Colorado, was crowned the 2018 Challenge Of Champions winner on Thursday, January 4, 2018.  Past Colorado State Champions competed in front of an esteemed panel of State, International and World Champion Auctioneer judges.

Shawn first joined the CAA in 2003, where he won the Troil Welton Bid Calling Award.  Shortly thereafter, he found his way into the Auto Auction industry and discovered his love for the fast paced and demanding car auction world.  In 2008, he won the Colorado State Auctioneer Championship and the 2009 World Automobile Auctioneers Championship World Champion Ringman.

After the past nine years of flying over 200 flights per year and working five auto auctions weekly in four different states, Shawn decided to slow down, be at home more and shift his business focus more to his Fundraising Auction business and to start a new venture.  Shawn feels that he has been blessed in the auction business and wants to give back to the profession that has given so much to him.  Shawn and his long-time friend Vaughn Long, 2007 WAAC World Champion Ringman, have started a new school, World Champion Ringman College, to train Ringmen.  Shawn feels that there is a large need for more advanced Ringman training and that while Shawn and Vaughn both received several years of on-the-job training at the auto auctions while under the tutelage of World Champion Paul C. Behr of World Wide College of Auctioneering and several other world class auctioneers, not many new auctioneers and Ringmen ever get that opportunity to learn and develop their skills and they want to give them that opportunity.

This year Shawn is also using his Professional Speaking background to give motivational speeches, emcee all the concerts at the Greeley Stampede and to also speak at several State Auctioneer Association Conventions.  He looks forward to the next several years of serving on the CAA Board of Directors and hopes be able to once again give back to a great association that has given him so much over the past 15 years.

group photo from challenge of champions

Each professional auctioneer who competed became a better auctioneer because of the contest and should be congratulated for taking part.   Thank you to AuctionFlex for providing the auction clerking software and clerking the auction

Colorado Auctioneers Association
PO Box 1133
Rifle, CO  81650

Cissy Tabor – Executive Secretary
Phone: 303-729-1195

Colorado Auctioneers Association exists to educate auction professionals, to promote CAA members and to monitor legislation in Colorado for the auction industry.

Our vision to have all Colorado auction professionals desire to be members of the Colorado Auctioneers Association.