2009 International Auctioneer Championship Finalists

Overland Park, Kan. July 17, 2009 – Eighty-eight auctioneers from across the United States competed today in the preliminary rounds of the 21st International Auctioneer Championship competition. The competition is sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association and occurs during the 60th annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show. The IAC finals will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Overland Park Convention Center. To view live streaming video of the IAC finals visit www.naameeting.com.

Men’s Division Finalists: (Alphabetical Order)
Paul Adams, CAI – Middleton, ID
Kevin Borger – Hutchinson, KS
Cory Craig – Troylorville, IL
Eli Detweiler, Jr., CAI – Ruffin, NC
Rodney Johnson, AARE, BAS – Cannon Falls, MN
Cody Lowderman – Colchester, IL
Joseph Mast – Millersburg, OH
Paul McCartan – Rochester, MN
Trev Moravec – Lincoln, NE
Mike Nuss – Gering, NE
Troy Orr – Jamestown, ND
Zach Shelley – Haure de Grace, MD
Kevin Teets, CAI, CES – Mt. Clare, WV
Andy White – Ashland, OH
Mark Younger – Maryville, MO

Women’s Division Finalists: (Alphabetical Order)
Regina Andrijeski – Curtis, NE
Camille Booker, CAI – Richland, WA
Kristine Duininck, BAS – Spicer, MN
Anita Younger-Espey – Maryville, MO
Letitia Frye – Scottsdale, AZ
Heidi Hill, BAS, CES – Union, OR
Terri Walker, CAI, BAS, CES – Memphis, TN

Perhaps the most attended event of the International Auctioneers Conference and Show, the competition began in 1988 with the first IAC title being awarded to Paul C. Behr, CAI, of Denver, Colo. The IAC Women’s Division began in 1994, which was won by Marcy Goldring-Edenburn, CAI, of Farmington, Ill.

The top male and female winners of the IAC receive a cash prize of $10,000, trophy, and ring. The IAC competitors are judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. Participants are also judged on their answers of interview questions.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Sharon, Kansas. For the last 22 years he's worked for Purple Wave. Aaron served as president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 2017 and on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees from 2009 through 2013. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote the original ATS and AMM designation courses from NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has advanced to the finals in multiple state auctioneer contests. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest music can be found at aarontraffasband.com as well as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.