20th Annual World Auction Auctioneers Championship

. June 16, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. – Top auctioneers and ring people from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom came together earlier this month to compete in the 20th Annual World Auction Auctioneers Championship at DAA Northwest.

Paul Behr, of the National Auto Auctioneers Association, announced the winners as:

—Champion: Danny Schorno, of Yelm, Wash.

—Top Ring Person: Phil Gee, of Shelby, N.C.

—Team Selling Champions: Casey Enlow, of Sapula, Okla., and Tim “Bandy” Assiter, of Red Oak, Texas.

—Reserve Champion: Charles Adcock, a third generation auctioneer from Netwton, Pa.

Champion Schorno, who works various sales, including DAA Northwest, took home the top trophy and a check for $15,000.

“Winning the championship was a dream come true,” said Schorno, who placed second in last year’s competition. “And it was really special to have it happen here in Spokane with my family and closest friends around me.”

Bob McConkey Jr., DAA Northwest’s president and incoming president of the NAAA, stated, “We really appreciated the chance to host the professionals who get the job done for us every week. It was really amazing to look around and see so much talent under one roof.”

Also honored for their years of service to the auction industry during the event were Bob McConkey Sr. and Ed Lane.

McConkey Sr. is the father of the current DAA Northwest president. He started the first wholesale auction in Washington back in the early 1950s, officials explained.

As for Lane, a former shoe salesman, he was McConkey Sr.’s lead auctioneer for more than 40 years.

Following these special honors and prior to the start of the competition, 2007 auctioneer champion Craig Meier auctioned off a DAA Northwest gift basket that brought in $5,000 for the Union Gospel Mission of Spokane.

DAA Northwest indicated that it moved its Thursday to Friday and Saturday to accommodate all the competitors’ schedules.

“We had some concern about filling the barn during days that our customers traditionally spend on their lots,” commented Greg Mahugh, DAA Northwest’s senior vice president and general manager. “Our dealers came through, though. We had a lot of energy in the lanes and a lot of activity online.”

DAA Northwest is a member of the ServNet group.

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