News & Events
Many requests for the schedule of events for the upcoming annual convention have been received. Click on the title to this event “2015 CAA Annual Convention Schedule of Events” above, then after the article reappears, the link will be at the bottom. It will say “2015 Schedule of Events” then click the link below to view the schedule in .pdf format. See you there!
Mark your calendars! The 2015 CAA Annual Conference is scheduled for January 2-4 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. Keynote speaker for the meeting will be none other than current NAA Vice President Spanky Assiter along with NAA CEO Hannes Combest and benefit auction guru Janelle Taylor who will be bringing her “Bootcamp for Benefit Auctioneers” to town for a seminar after the conference has ended. Plan now to attend the cutting edge workshops put on by these speakers and as a much sought after treat, an agent from the ATF will be on hand to discuss firearms sales by the auction method.
Enjoy visiting with sponsors of the event and get to know many of the auction centered suppliers who support the auction method. Invite all your friends to Friday night’s Fun Auction which supports the CAA and many of it’s programs. Then as an added bonus, be sure to attend and show support for your favorite auctioneers as they showcase their talent during the annual bid calling championship. New this year will be a Kids auctioneering event for your children or grandchildren who want to try their hand at the microphone. This special event is for children age 12 and under, but hold on to your hat! There’s even a new “Junior” contest for those 13-18 years of age and a special time for past CAA Champions (1980-90) to once again get in front of the crowd and show ’em how it used to be done.
The 2014 CAA Annual picnic was a resounding success with auctioneers across the state gathering for fun, food, fellowship, and of course the annual Horseshoe Throwing Contest! This year’s second place winners, Shannon Schur & Neil Enslow, repeated their performance of three years ago by besting a large field of contestants vying for the crown – only to fall short of the prize by “ringers” Doug Carpenter & O.J. Pratt. Look to next quarter’s newsletter for more in depth analysis and a play-by-play account of the narrow victory and heart-wrenching loss. In the meantime, congratulate our new Champions, Doug and O.J. and remember, there’s always next year!
Same time, same location, different date! New Bouncy Castle has been added for the kids..
Mark your calendars and plan on joining us Thursday, April 17th, for our annual “Day at the Capitol.” This annual event is the one day we, as auctioneers, are recognized for the work we do by the Governor of our fine State. Starting at 8:30 am, we will meet in the basement of the Capitol Building having breakfast with each other and then moving upstairs to meet with Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg who has been a tremendous supporter of the auction profession over the years.
After having time with Rep. Sonnenberg, we will move to the floor of the House of Representatives where we will be introduced and the Governor’s Proclamation will be read. We will be able to spend time observing as the legislative process works and hopefully you will be able to locate and talk to your own State Representative.
Come join us as we make an impact and a statement as the Colorado Auctioneers Association – the only association representing the interests of professional auctioneers in Colorado.
This past summer, Colorado experienced unprecedented flooding and the lives of so many were turned upside-down without much warning. What would you do if floodwaters erased a lifetime of memories?
Art and Fran Parker were one such family whose home was flooded. Art is a lifetime member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, past President (1986-1988), and esteemed member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. Art and Fran are well known throughout the Northern Colorado community for their volunteer work and commitment to helping others without ever asking for anything in return.
On September 13, 2013, the floodwaters completely consumed their land, barns, buildings, pastures, and home. The hardest part Art said was that he was on the western slope working an auction at the time the floodwaters hit. Franny, the strong willed woman that she is, was on her own to get their livestock and horses out of danger, but with a little help from some friends, she did it. “You can’t ask for a better partner,” said Art, “I knew that even though I was gone, at least the livestock and our family were safe. That is all that is important.”
Art and Fran, with the help of their daughters and dedicated friends, have had to completely rebuild. This is the first year in many that Art was not able to attend the CAA Convention. He was heartbroken he wasn’t able to see his many friends and colleagues this past January and although he was missed, everyone understood as they were trying to rebuild their home and their life.
The Colorado Auctioneers Association has always thought it important to help members during times of crisis, and this was no exception. During the general business meeting at the Annual Convention, a motion was made and passed that CAA donate $300 from the general fund. Members then “passed the hat” so individuals could donate additional funds. In a short while $2000 was collected to help Art and Fran with rebuilding efforts.
CAA Board Member, Walt Partridge, and CAA Member Lance Nichols presented a check to Art this February, at one of his auctions. This gesture from the CAA and its membership literally brought Art to tears of gratitude. Art and Fran are proud people who do not rely on others, but are extremely grateful for every little bit of support they have received. Members of the CAA are family and we are happy to assist the Parkers as they rebuild.
Colorado Auctioneers Association
PO Box 1133
Rifle, CO 81650
Cissy Tabor – Executive Secretary
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.