MINNEAPOLIS, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Manhattan, Montana, Auctioneer Nick Bennett took home the top prize in the 2021 National Auctioneers Association (NAA) International Auctioneer Championship, competing in a field of many of the best auctioneers in the world.
Joining nearly 60 fellow auction professionals from across the world, Bennett competed on Friday, July 16, 2021, in Minneapolis, at the 72nd International Auctioneers Conference & Show. One man and one woman earned the right to be named NAA IAC Champion.
IAC competitors are judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. The top 15 men and five women are also judged on their knowledge of the auction industry through a series of interview questions. The revered competition is held in a single day, in front of live attendees, with tens of thousands of viewers on IAC Live! Broadcast via Facebook and YouTube.
IAC Champions are awarded a $5,000 cash prize, a trophy, champion medallion and ring, and go on to represent the NAA as industry ambassadors and speakers across the country for the next 12 months.
“Winning the International Auctioneer Championship has been a career goal of mine since I entered the auction industry and it’s an honor to receive this award on many levels, both personally and professionally. It’s important, though, to highlight that this award is not about any one person, myself included. It’s about top industry professionals sharpening their skill sets, pushing themselves to be the best they can be and coming together to compete and promote the auction industry,” Bennett said. “As IAC Champion, I’m excited to be a spokesman for our industry and look forward to sharing the opportunities and strengths that buying and selling through an auction platform offers. My goal is to work with buyers, sellers and auctioneers alike to share industry knowledge and best practices.”
Bennett is the CEO of Ascent Auction Services in Manhattan, selling agricultural and construction equipment, real estate and business assets across Montana. He has served as President of the Western College of Auctioneering since 2013 and is a Board Member for the Montana Auctioneers Association.
Bennett graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. In 2012, he graduated from Western College of Auctioneering. He holds the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) and Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designations from the NAA.
In addition to being the NAA IAC Champion, Bennett is the 2017 U.S. Bid Calling Champion and the 2014 Montana State Auctioneer Champion.
To learn more about Bennett and Ascent Auction Services, visit ascentauction.com. To learn more about Western College of Auctioneering, visit, auctionschools.com.
For more information on Conference & Show and the International Auctioneer Championship, visit conferenceandshow.com. Or, to view videos of past IAC champions, visit auctioneers.org/IAC.
About Ascent Auction Services
Ascent Auction Services’ mission is to facilitate opportunity and growth by supporting communities, businesses and individuals with their everyday buying and selling needs through live and online auctions. Ascent Auction Services was started by CEO and Auctioneer Nick Bennett in Manhattan, Montana, in 2020, providing services across the state. To learn more, please visit ascentauction.com.
About Western College of Auctioneering
Western College of Auctioneering has instructed students in becoming standout professional auctioneers in all niches of the auction industry since 1948. With over 6,000 graduates from every state in the United States, multiple provinces in Canada and numerous foreign countries, WCA has long been a highly regarded educational institution for those studying the auctioneering profession. To learn more or apply, please visit auctionschools.com.
About the National Auctioneers Association
The National Auctioneers Association represents thousands of auctioneers from the U.S. and across the world. The NAA serves auction entrepreneurs with services provided based on four cornerstones: promotions, advocacy, education and community. Founded in 1949, the NAA’s headquarters are in Overland Park, Kansas. To learn more about the auction method of marketing or find an auctioneer, please visit auctioneers.org.
Nick Bennett, Ascent Auction Services, 406-616-2202, firstname.lastname@example.org
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