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JULY 29, 2015

Barnhart receives recognition for years of service


By Andy Barrand
Hillsdale Daily News
Reprinted with permission
HILLSDALE, MI Martin
Barney Barnhart, 94, got hooked on the
excitement of auctioneering as a child
attending auctions with his father, Arthur.
I came home one day and told my
dad I was going to be an auctioneer,
Barnhart explained.
While working the fields of the family farm, Barnhart practiced by auctioning
off the familys cattle.
There was no one around to hear him
roll through the prices, but Barnhart said
thats how he taught himself the trade. He
later attended Redford Auctioneering
School in Woodville, OH.
Today, you can still find Barnhart at
the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds on
Saturday mornings, auctioning off hay,
feeder pigs and other farm-related goods
that may come across the auction block.
I still enjoy going to the fairgrounds

each week, he said. I have a lot of fun


with those old farmers it is the people
that keeps me going back.
During the week, Barnhart volunteers
on Tuesdays and Thursdays calling a different kind of game. Barnhart calls Bingo
at the Hillsdale Community Health
Center (HCHC) on those days.
He began volunteering at the hospital
five years ago, after being cornered in the
hall on day by HCHC director of development Judy Gabriele.
I told her I needed something to do
during the week, he said.
Ever since then, Barnhart has been
calling Bingo for patients in the Mac
McGuire and MacRitchie Skilled Nursing
Units at the hospital.
He explains that the Bingo games
arent your typical ones.
We play until everyone wins,
Barnhart said. No one is a loser.
Over the years, Barnhart has been recognized countless times for his auctioneering services. In 2014, he was inducted
into
the
Michigan
Auctioneers

When Barney Barnhart isnt calling an auction at the Hillsdale County


Fairgrounds, you can find him calling Bingo at the Hillsdale Community Health
Center. Photo courtesy of HCHC.

Association Hall of Fame.


On July 14-16, he traveled to Dallas,

TX, where he was presented with a certificate for being the oldest working
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Sheridan selected as Mason


School Foundations Top Dog

Christopher Mumby, Mason Public Schools Foundation president, presents the Top Dog
award to Doug Sheridan, CAI of Sheridan Realty & Auction Co., at the MPSF Red Carpet
Gala in January.

MASON, MI Sheridan Realty &


Auction Co. is the Top Dog.
The Mason Public Schools Foundation
favored the long-time Mason business with
that title for a good reason.
The Top Dog Award was conceived by
the foundation to recognize an individual or
an organization that has gone above and
beyond to support Mason Public Schools.
This year, the foundations board voted
unanimously to bestow the prestigious award
on Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. for its
unwavering support.
The company has generously provided
time and talent year after year to help make
our Red Carpet Gala Dinner & Auction a
success. We salute them and are honored by

their dedication to our schools and community, Christopher Mumby, the foundations
president, said.
We are honored the Mason Public
Schools Foundation chose Sheridan for its
Top Dog award this year, said Doug
Sheridan, CAI of Sheridan Realty & Auction
Co.
We do a lot of auctions, but theres
nothing we love more than working with the
people right here in Mason. We are proud to
donate our time and talent to help support
our Mason schools.
Previous Top Dog award winners: 2014
Dart Energy Foundation and Dart
Foundation; 2013 Bob WarnkeMason
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Barnhart receives honor


for 73 years of service
Barnhart From Page 1-D
member of the National Auctioneers
Association. Barnhart has been auctioneering since 1942.
The next-oldest gentleman lives in
Pennsylvania and has been an auctioneer
for 64 years.
He said there is also a gentleman in
North Dakota that is a member that has
been an auctioneer for 63 years.
A lot has changed over the past 73
years, Barnhart said.
The demand was a lot different back
then.
He said on any given Saturday, there
used to be semi-trucks full of feeder pigs
at the fairgrounds to auction off.
There also used to be a wider array of
animals going across the auction block.
The auction at the Hillsdale County
Fairgrounds was the biggest this side of
the Mississippi, Barnhart said.

On one Saturday in 1942, there were


172 loads of feeder pigs auctioned off.
Barnhart said he didnt start at the top.
When talking about those early days,
three names came to the forefront for
Barnhart: Andy Adams, Roy Johnson and
Ear Wright. Adams gave Barnhart his
first auctioneering job in Hillsdale
County.
He said none of the accolades he has
received over the last couple of years
would have been possible without the
recognition he received from the
Hillsdale Exchange Club, who presented
him with the Book of Good Deeds.
Barnhart said he will continue to be a
fixture at the Saturday morning auctions
until he cant do it anymore.
He lives his life simply, believing in
faith, love, hope, honor, and honesty.
He said simply that is what keeps him
going.

Did You Know...?


You might be surprised to learn that Pennsylvania was not
named after William Penn, one of the colonys founders;
in fact, King Charles II granted the land charter to William Penn
in repayment of a debt to Penns father, Admiral William Penn,
and created the name of the sizeable land grant by combining
the name of the naval officer with the Latin word sylvania,
which means woods. The younger Penn was embarrassed and
feared that people would think he named the colony after himself.
He petitioned the crown to change the name, but the king refused.

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Home valued at $2.5M on auction block


The house was built about
10 years ago as a familys
dream house.
Photo courtesy of Cory
Phillips, The Home
Aesthetic

By Shari Rudavsky
Gannett Writer
The idea came to realtor Kristie Smith as
she pondered how to best market a $2 millionplus Carmel home complete with an elevator
and water slide.
Luxury homes are slow to go, she knew. On
average they stay on the market two to three
years.
Then, Smith had an idea: Why not hold an
auction to sell the home?
She had recently returned from a meeting
with Supreme Auctions, and she was intrigued.
Supreme, which sells high-end residences
in the U.S. and Europe, takes the same approach
to bricks and mortar as Sothebys and other tony
auction houses take to fine art, jewelry and
many more goods.
Theres a reason why the most luxurious
things in the world are sold at auction, said
Maverick Commins, chief executive officer of
Supreme Auctions. Theyre not sold traditionally.
The concept made sense to the Carmels
home owners, who built the house about a
decade ago as their dream home. Its listed price
is $2.495 million.
Its out of the range for most home buyers, said owner John Stevens. Its special, and
it will take a discerning type of buyer.
On the traditional market, it can take
months to find that just-right buyer during
which time the sellers would need to handle the
holding costs, Smith knew.
An auction would speed up the process.
This is not a fire sale. This is not desperation. This is wow, how do we sell a $2 millionplus home, she said.

Its really more of a strategy for having a


quicker sale and lower holding time.
The Stevens tailored the home for the needs
of their family, which included children and
grandparents, who might one day want to share
the residence.
For the children, they added a large playroom and basement ice cream parlor. Luxury
touches for the adults, in addition to the gazebo
that supports the water slide, include a library
and an elevator. All ages can enjoy the basement
theater with a 100-inch screen and the 8-foot
sauna.
Under the auctions rules, prospective bidders can visit the house during the four weekends preceding the event at the home on Aug.
13. Bidders receive a packet of information,
including a home inspection and any information typically included in a traditional sale.
Prospective buyers must register and
arrange financing before the auction. Auction
day is final and the home goes to the highest
bidder.
We know on auction day the property will
be sold, and it will close within 30 days,
Commins said. Once the hammer drops, that
money becomes non-refundable.
Theoretically, the highest bidder could walk
off with a bargain.
Supremes experience suggests, though,
that that will not be the case.
The company advertises its homes nationally and internationally. Recent sales listed on the
auction houses website include a $5.35 million Texas home and $10.2 million Chicago
apartment.
Nor is Stevens concerned that he will lose
money on the sale.
Im not worried about that. I think it will
go well, he said. Were really excited about
the auction.

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Gehres, Tisland win NAA International Auctioneer Championship


ADDISON, TX Emerging from an
overall field of 97 competitors, Tammy
Tisland, of Hines, MN, and Peter Gehres, of
Hilliard, OH, were crowned as winners of
the womens and mens National
Auctioneers Association 28th International
Auctioneer Championship, which took
place Friday at the InterContinental Dallas
Hotel.
Both Tisland and Gehres received a
$5,000 cash award, trophy and championship ring for their winning efforts through
the preliminary bid-calling round, an interview round consisting of three questions,
and a final round of bid-calling that included the top 15 men and seven women. In the
two divisions, 72 men and 25 women competed for the right to be known as one of the
best auctioneers in the world.
The 2015 contest was the sixth IAC try

for Gehres, CAI, CES a first-generation


auction professional who also serves as an
instructor at The Ohio Auction School. He
topped a fiercely competitive overall mens
field and finals group, coming in ahead of
runner-up Dustin Rogers, CAI, of Mount
Airy, NC, and second runner-up Scott
Mihalic, CAI, of Chardon, OH.
Well, its been a goal. I dont know that
its really fully sunk in, Gehres said. It
feels great to be even more a part of the
NAA family than I already am. I look forward to serving all the members and taking
forward the message that auction work.
A full-time auctioneer for the past 15
years, Tislands title comes in her third
attempt after competing in the IAC in 2012
and 2014. She is also the reigning
Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer.
Beth Rose, CAI, of Maumee, OH, finished

runner-up. Emily Wears, ATS, BAS, of


Solon, IA, took second runner-up.
[Winning IAC] has been one of my
professional goals and goal of my lifetime,
Tisland said. The third time [of participating], I fortunate because so many people
have competed for much longer. Through
the help of the NAA the education Ive
received and the things I have learned
through competing it helped get me here.
Earlier in the evening, Jeremy Garber, of
Lincoln, Missouri, was crowned as winner
of the International Junior Auctioneer
Championship, which features competitors
ages 12-18 helps cultivate the next generation of auction professional talent.
Also during the IAC competition, which
was streamed live throughout the day on
auctioneers.org
and
conferenceandshow.com,
the
Chuck
Cumberlin

Sportsmanship award, awarded to the IAC


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City, Ireland.
The Bob Steffes Rising Star Award,
given to a competitor who shows the potential to win a future IAC title, was given to
Nolan Bell, of Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Both the IAC and IJAC were conducted
as part of the NAAs 66th Annual
International Auctioneers Conference and
Show, which took place in Addison this past
week. IAC contestants must be 18 years of
age or older, a current NAA member, and
registered for conference. Seven judges
score the contest.
Final scores are determined by combining the interview score (40 percent of the
total) and the bid-calling score (60 percent
of the total).

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NAA announces winners in 2015 auction marketing competition


OVERLAND PARK, KS Winners
of the 2015 National Auctioneers
Association Marketing Competition, presented in partnership with USA TODAY,
have been announced, with four emerging
from among more than 910 entries to take
three Best in Show honors and one
Auction Marketing Campaign of the
Year award.
One Best in Show was awarded for
Print, Digital, and Photography, along
with the selection for Auction Campaign
of the Year.
The Auction Marketing Campaign of
the Year was awarded to Rex D.
Schrader, II, CAI, of Schrader Real Estate
& Auction Co., Inc., in Columbia City,
Indiana, for his companys Proventus
National Farmland Portfolio campaign.
The sale saw 13,468+ acres in six states
move across the block between Oct. 2025, 2014. The marketing efforts resulted in
a $46.3 million total sale over 31 tracts.
Lonny McCurdy, AARE, of McCurdy
Auction, LLC, in Wichita, Kansas, won
Best in Show Advertising & PR
Digital/Social for the Where Your
Dreams Come True auction promotional
video. Chad Roffers, of Concierge
Auctions, LLC, in New York, New York,
received Best in Show Advertising &
PR Print for the Northstar Luxury
Chalet Look Book entry.
David W. Thornhill, of Thornhill
Auction, in Troy, Missouri, took Best in
Show Photography for the entry titled
Butter Churns & Crocks.
Winners of the 2015 contest will be
formally recognized during the NAA
Marketing Competition Awards Reception
in Addison, Texas, at the 66th
International Auctioneers Conference and
Show, July 14-18. Winners will receive an

award, and their entries will be on display.


Overall, the annual NAA Marketing
Competition, presented in partnership with
USA TODAY, continues its rise as the premier contest for NAA members to showcase their marketing efforts. The total
number of entries continued its steady
climb seen over the past several years, as
did the quality level of those entries.
This years contest highlighted coast-

to-coast, top-level marketing efforts as


winners from 18 states and South Africa
emerged.
The competition featured 57 sub-categories in seven categories: Postcards,
Brochures
&
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Newspaper/Magazine Print Ads, Public
Relations & Marketing, Digital & Social
Media, Photography and Auction
Marketing Campaign of the Year.

The task of determining winners was


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backgrounds in branding, promotion,
media, public relations and graphic
design. Judging criteria included considerations such as creativity, ad effectiveness,
clarity and visual appeal.
Please see auctioneers.org for a complete list of this years award recipients.

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