First Timers Bid Calling Champion

Troil Welton Award

Casey Panique Wins 2019 Troil Welton Memorial Award


To continue to be viable, any organization must attract new members. The Colorado Auctioneers Association always welcomes new members whether they are fresh out of auction school or if they have been auctioneers for many years. This year we were pleased to have both at our convention.

The Colorado Auctioneers Association had four new members attending the annual, CAA Convention, who had completed their auction training within the last twelve months and were eligible to compete in the First Timers Bid Calling Contest on Friday night. This is always a spirited and fun competition in which attending association members and the public support the competitors in their first public competition.

Casey Panique, one of our country’s military servicemen, was the recipient of the 2019 Troil Welton Bid Calling Award and has a unique and diversified story of how he moved to Colorado and in the auction industry and shares this with us….

“I grew up in Montana, the oldest of 7 kids; 5 sisters and 1 brother.  We pretty much always lived out in the sticks.  My dad was a logger for 25 years, so we spent a lot of time in the woods during the summers.  I was homeschooled most of my schooling years and attended KG High my junior and senior years to graduate. Like most kids from the country I grew up loving outdoors stuff. We didn’t grow up with a TV, so I like reading too. We would read books out loud as kids so everyone could enjoy.

I started out with the unit in Havre, Montana.  I had a friend from high school that was part of the Montana National Guard unit and every summer they would bring tanks to the fair as a static display.  After I completed basic and advanced training I went back home I went to college upon my Mom’s suggestion, even though it sounded like a bad idea to me.   I had no better ideas at the time. I was transferred to the Missouri National Guard where I spent about 9 months as an Artillery Crew member on towed howitzers and shortly thereafter I had a recruiter help me to transfer to active Army and get stationed in Germany.  I spent 7 years in Germany, met my wife Jasmin, had my oldest daughter Katie, and deployed 3 times.  In 2007 we moved to Fort Knox, KY, and spent about 3 years there. My youngest daughter, Zoe, was born here. While in Kentucky I re-classed from Tanker to Career Counselor and have been helping Soldiers to further their career in the Army or transition out with a good plan for their future. We have moved 2 more times during my career once to Fort Lewis, WA, and then finally here to Fort Carson, CO, where I will retire. 

I have always loved the auction method and I had been planning on becoming an auctioneer since 2008 and my sister, Ruth, was the one who gave me the idea. She had seen an advertisement for the Western College of Auctioneering and said we should go together. I was still in the Army and it took 10 years to get the time to go to school.  I finally decided on World Wide College Of Auctioneering and was able to go September of 2018.  I grew up selling hogs and steers in 4H, and I felt that was the best way to get the fairest price for my animals.  25 years later, I am finally able to join the profession that made such a big impact on my childhood.

As a veteran I want to be able to help my “brothers and sisters in arms,” so working benefit auctions for Veteran Organizations would be a dream come true. I would like to turn my new skill as an auctioneer into a viable business to give back to my Veteran Brothers and Sisters.

Lastly, I want to say, “Thanks to the CAA for welcoming me and my family into the organization. I am excited to help out and be a part of this organization.”  ~ Casey Panique


Watch future articles of the CAA Newsletter for stories about some of the 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.

Colorado Auctioneers Association
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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.