Colorado State Auctioneer Champion

Chuck Cumberlin “Go Your Best” Award

Dean Gunter Crowned

2018 Colorado Auctioneer Champion

Dean Gunter of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was crowned the 2018 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the 60th Anniversary Colorado Auctioneers Association Annual Convention.  Competitors from all over Colorado  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-designed championship belt buckle and a $1000 award to represent the Colorado Auctioneers Association at the 2018 International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) to be held in Jacksonville, FL of July 2018.

Growing up in a small logging town in Northwestern Washington State, I can remember my father taking me to estate auctions as a boy in Seattle.  I enjoyed the fast-paced excitement of auctioneering and bid-calling.  That enjoyment has never gone away, as I still think auctions are just as fun and as exciting as I did then.

When I entered the Marines just out of high school, I completed infantry training school and later, Basic Underwater Diving training with the Navy Seals.  Eventually, I received orders to Marine Corps Drill Instructor School where I was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  I learned some helpful skills in the Marine Corps that has served me well in the auction industry.  Leadership, focus and a “never quit” attitude are certainly essential for auctioneers.  As a Drill Instructor, we also called marching cadence, which is a skill, not unlike that of an auctioneer.   After my service in the Marine Corps, I started on the ground floor of the automotive industry, selling cars in Washington State.  I’ve been a car dealer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for over 17 years, attending weekly auctions all over the country.  Over those years, I’ve become friends with a number of auctioneers and have always been fascinated by auctioneering.

After developing a friendship with Paul C. Behr, co-owner of World Wide College of Auctioneering. I attended and graduated from the September 2010 session held in Denver, Colorado.  In 2011, I won the Troil Welton Memorial Award for auctioneering at the Annual Colorado Auctioneers Association First Timers Competition.  I have studied and received my “Benefit Auctioneer Specialist” designation from the National Auctioneer’s Association.  Most of the auctions I perform are benefit related, helping to raise money for a variety of charities including the military, Friends of the NRA, the Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Charity Fund and church benefit auctions.

I have consistently attended the Annual Colorado Convention and I have competed in the Colorado Auctioneer State Competition from 2012 to 2018.  This year, as in most years, we had an excellent group of competitors from all over the State of Colorado.  The state convention is always worth attending.  I learn something new every year and have developed many life-long friendships.

This year, I shared with the Colorado Auctioneer’s Association my passion for auctioneering and the importance of passing on to those who are entering the auctioneering profession.  So many others have helped me and I have a heart for helping others as I have been helped.  Being the 2018 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion is truly an honor, as I stand on the shoulders of all those who went before me.

Dean Gunter

2018 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion

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 and clerking 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
2018                Dean Gunter, BAS
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

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.