Colorado State Auctioneer Champion

Chuck Cumberlin “Go Your Best” Award


Michael Nichols, 2019 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion, and son, Rylee Nichols, 2018 Colorado Jr. Bid Calling Champion

Michael Nichols Crowned

2019 Colorado Auctioneer Champion

Michael Nichols of Flagler, Colorado, was crowned the 2019 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Colorado Auctioneers Association Annual Convention.  Competitors from all over Colorado and Kansas  performed in front of an esteemed panel of judges including International and State Champion Auctioneers.

Fourteen 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 2019 International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) to be held in New Orleans, LA of July 2019.  The competition consists of two rounds of auctioneering at a live, public auction and an interview portion pertaining to the auction industry and the Colorado Auctioneers Association for the five finalists held at the convention.  Each contestant is judged on appearance and presentation, body language, chant and desirability to be hired by the judge.

Michael is a second-generation auctioneer, graduating from the September 2014 World Wide College of Auctioneering class that was held in Denver, CO.  At the 2011 CAA Convention, Mike was awarded the Troil Welton Memorial Award for the CAA First Timers Competition that represents auctioneers attending the CAA Convention that have graduated from auction school within a year of the convention being held.  Troil Welton, of Wray, Colorado, was known for the encouragement he gave to young, aspiring auctioneers.

Michael shares with us a little of his history growing up within the auction industry and in becoming involved in the auction industry.  

“As a very young boy I can remember on several occasions when my father would practice his chant as we were driving down the road in one of our old farm pick-ups.  I remember working with my brothers and father helping set up some sales and running tickets as I got a little older.  As a teenager, I specifically recall one particular estate sale.  I was helping Dad clean out an old log farm shed with a dirt floor and as we were placing items in a perfectly straight line; Chuck Cumberlin walked by with a smile on his face, Diet Coke in his hand, and asked with a chuckle, “Have you swept out the dirt floor yet?”  I just smiled and we kept on working.  Lance Nichols and Kenny Holzworth were dragging and lifting old equipment in rows with an old Farmall tractor with F11 loader having a great time in the process.

I attended my first CAA Convention in 2012 and it was incredible!  As a first-time member watching, listening and learning from the professional auctioneers in our association, it was an eye opening experience.  The various competitions at the CAA Convention have always been top notch and the First-Timers Bid Calling Contest was no different that year. Earning the coveted, Troil Welton Memorial Award, was a big confidence builder and a great honor for me.  The years following, I gave my best effort to be an active and engaged member and was fortunate to serve on the Board of Directors.  The people of the CAA are what makes this association so special, the people is what keeps me coming back for more, year after year.  The education, experience and fellowship with our members is truly a blessing to us all.

Ever since joining the CAA, earning the Colorado State Auctioneer Championship title has always been one of my goals.  I have competed in the contest since 2013 and made the finals from 2014-2019.  The caliber of individuals who compete in our annual competition are excellent auctioneers and I was proud to compete along side all of them.  Receiving feedback and direction from our peers is an education that you can’t get from anywhere else.

I am proud to be co-owner of Nichols Auctioneers and work alongside my brother and father.  I know that our family will continue to be active members in the CAA for many years to come and the Nichols family might have a few more young auctioneers to introduce to the CAA in coming years.  I am honored to serve as your 2019 Colorado State Auctioneer Champion and look forward to upholding the grand tradition of the Colorado Auctioneers Association.”

Michael Nichols


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 Wavebid 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.


“Thank you” to World Wide College Of Auctioneering for your Title Sponsorship of the 2019 Colorado State Auctioneer Championship.  We are extremely grateful for your support.

Colorado State Auctioneer Champions
2019                Michael Nichols
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.