BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois State Auctioneers
Association conference will provide a passport to success as members honor the
past and prepare for the future.
The annual conference and show will be Friday through
Monday, Feb. 7-10, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.
A 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal
Practice certification course, continuing education credit courses, cutting-edge
auction technology and a well-known auction attorney back by popular demand are
among the conference’s highlights.
The conference kicks off at 8 a.m. Feb. 7 with the standards
course for auctioneers to attain or renew their certification. The second part
of the course, led by instructor Rich Schur, begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 8.
Schur, chief operating officer and senior auctioneer of
Schur Success Auction and Appraisal of Monument, Colo., is a certified standards
instructor and leads the nation in storage unit auction. He holds a master’s
degree from Northern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree from Southern
He is a graduate of Worldwide College of Auctioneering and a
certified bilingual auctioneer. And he is a member of the national, Colorado and
Wyoming auctioneers associations, past president of the Colorado Auctioneers
Association and honorary member of the New York Auctioneers Association.
Schur serves on the National Auctioneers Association board
and won the Colorado State Championship in 2010.
Association President-elect O.D. Holley of Rock City will
lead an ethics course beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 8. The course provides three
mandatory continuing education credits.
Following a 5:30 p.m. supper, there will be a panel
discussion of “How Do You Substantiate Your Status as an Accredited Auctioneer?”
Holley is moderator, and panelists are Terry Dunning, Vern Mariman, Cory Craig,
Kurt Aumann, Jimmy Hannagan and Ryan Jordan.
A fun auction, ringman and novice contests are at 7:30 p.m.
John Bearrows, Les Crandall and Jim Roth will be panelists
in the opening session at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 and lead in a discussion of “Selling
Guns at Auction.”
Concurrent workshops of “Cast Iron” and “Coins” with Mike
Hobbs and Paul “Sonny” Henry, respectively, begin at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9.
District and scholarship auctions will be conducted during
the noon luncheon featuring Brian Curless, last year’s state champion.
“Communicating Between the Generations” is the theme of the
1 p.m. keynote address by Darron Meares of Meares Auction Group of Pelzer,
Meares holds auctioneer licenses in South Carolina, North
Carolina, Georgia and Florida and a real estate license in South Carolina. He
handles coin auctions and works with business and bankruptcy liquidations.
He currently is an Education Institute Trustee for the
national association and served a three-year term on its board.
In addition, Meares is the current president of the South
Carolina Auctioneers Association and the 2013-2014 bid-calling grand champion.
He also is an instructor in the Southeastern School of Auctioneering and the
Certified Auctioneers Institute.
The annual meeting and election of officers begins at 3 p.m.
Feb. 8. There also will be a presentation of new members.
Induction into the state Hall of Fame is at 6 p.m. Feb. 9.
Cory Craig and Wayne Voss, 2013 inductees, will participate in the induction
program, and Meares will install the new board.
The awards banquet and family entertainment provided by
Harmony Guaranteed concludes the Feb. 9 activities.
Attorney Stephen Proffitt is back by popular demand and will
address “Fiduciary Responsibilities of the Auctioneer” at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 10.
Proffitt is vice president of legal affairs and general
counsel of J.P. King.
As both an attorney and a licensed auctioneer, he is
uniquely qualified to address the many legal complexities of the auction
A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he
has practiced for nearly 30 years with an emphasis on auctions, contracts,
commercial law, litigation and torts.
Proffitt is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and
has a long record of service to the auction industry as a writer and lecturer.
He has taught seminars in 25 states and Canada and teaches legal classes at
Reppert School of Auctioneering in Auburn, Ind., and Mendenhall School of
Auctioneering in High Point, N.C.
In 2004, the national association awarded him its
President’s Award of Distinction, and he has been interviewed by numerous media
outlets about legal and ethical issues relating to auctions.
The conference concludes with a 1 p.m. Feb. 10 “Social
Networking for the Auction Industry” presentation by Meares. The course offers
three elective continuing education credits in technology.