Mount Airy’s Dustin Rogers recently competed in the National Auctioneer Conference, where he placed first runner-up.
Rogers was a state champion in 2008 and finished second to Elton Baldy this year. Both traveled to the national conference held in Addison, Texas, in mid-July.
Rogers placed first runner-up in the International Auctioneer Championship with 101 contestants, 25 of which were women.
In the initial part of the contest, participants are judged on appearance, initial command, poise and stage presence, said Rogers.
“You have no idea what your walking into,” he said.
Rogers explained that one was given a number at roll call which is 7 a.m., then he or she is allowed to view the items up for auction later in the day.
The items are bought by the competition and range in value from $15 to $50 dollars.
During the auction the judges look at article description, clarity, speed and overall salesmanship.
“If you win, the judges are looking for a good ambassador to represent the NAA (National Auctioneer Association)” added Rogers. For example, he said the NAA provides the auctioneer for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital annual auction.
Rogers has been competing and working full time as an auctioneer since 2007. Rogers has travelled to 16 states and seven foreign countries, during his auctioneer career. His father Mark also is an auctioneer and was the 2009 state auctioneer champion.
Rogers felt he done so well as auctioneer because of his success in the state, national and international contests and the success of his family as an auctioneer.
Rogers graduated from North Surry and UNC Wilmington majoring in Business Administration.
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