Competing against more than 70 of the world’s top performers, Purcellville’s Brian Damewood came home from the International Auctioneer Championship in Columbus, OH, with the first runner-up trophy.
“It feels incredible to emerge with such a high finish from a field of so many great auctioneers from all parts of the U.S— even internationally,” the 31-year-old, second generation auctioneer said.
The National Auctioneers Association sponsors the IAC, which was held Friday, July 14 in front of a crowd of nearly 800 auction professionals and their families. This event capped the week-long NAA Conference and Show.
The event grades participants on auction chant, speed, clarity, salesmanship and stage presence. All the contestants sell several items in a preliminary round, then 15 from the men’s division are selected to go to the finals. In the final round, auctioneers face an interview portion to test their industry knowledge, before selling another two items before a packed ballroom.
“This event really picks a champion auctioneer, not just a bid-caller,” Damewood said. “The NAA does a great job with the interview of finding out how you would handle an on-the-spot question in an auction consultation, or media interview.”
He is an associate auctioneer of Damewood Auctioneers, a family-owned business marketing real estate, machinery, and collections at auction. He also works at several corporate owned automobile auctions weekly, as well as conducts fundraisers for nonprofits throughout the year.
“It was truly special for my wife, Catherine, daughter, Penny, and both my parents to be present at this event. That made the event all the more meaningful,” Damewood said.
Winners of this contest serve as an industry representative for the NAA at various state association conventions, educational events, and at public appearances. Dustin Rogers, of Mount Airy, NC, took home the top prize, including a $5,000 check, championship ring and trophy.