International Auctioneers Conference & Show

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The week of July 7-12, auctioneers from the across the world will travel to Tennessee for the 59th International Auctioneers Conference & Show. This year’s conference will take place at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Nashville Convention Center. The “home of country music” will play host to over a thousand auctioneers celebrating one of the most exciting professions and world’s fastest growing industries.

Highlights of this year’s a(u)ction-packed conference include a private concert opening night with country music stars Diamond Rio and competitions for the world’s best male and female auctioneer, as well as the top junior auctioneer and “ringman.” In addition to entertainment and competition, the conference provides auctioneers with a range of educational seminars and forums to advance and grow their businesses. Over 50 programs will be provided this year and range from introducing technology into one’s auction business, to managing the dramatic growth of real estate auctions in the United States. Conference attendees will also be provided with the largest trade show in the history of the conference.

To view a schedule of events for the 59th International Auctioneers Conference & Show: www.auctioneers.org/conference2008

With over a quarter-trillion dollars in gross sales, the auction industry plays an instrumental role in the national and global economy. In 2007, the live auction industry sold $270.7 billion in goods and services in the United States, an increase of 5.3% from 2006. The fastest growing sector of the auction industry is real estate auctions with over $58 billion sold in 2007. With over $87 billion in gross sales, automobile auctions lead the industry. The auction industry is vast and diverse with auctioneers specializing in a variety of markets (i.e. art/antiques, automobiles, machinery, real estate, personal property, and charity).

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