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01/12/11 Kurt Johnson named 2011 Auctioneer Champion

Kurt Johnson named 2011 Auctioneer Champion
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St. Cloud, MN, January 6, 2011—A White Bear Lake man has been named the 2011 Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer. At the 23rd annual auctioneer championship held in St. Cloud, Kurt Johnson won the competition in which 17 were judged on presentation, chant/voice, effective auctioneering and an interview conducted on stage.

The contest was held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 during the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association (MSAA) Conference and Show. Describing how he felt after winning the competition, the man known for his booming voice and gift of gab smiled, shook the hands of his competitors and quietly said he was speechless. This was Johnson’s fifth time competing, placing third the two previous years.

Johnson has been part of the auction profession for 22 years, and has earned his C.A.I. (Certified Auctioneer Institute) and B.A.S. (Benefit Auction Specialist) designations. He is an instructor at World Wide College of Auctioneering where he was inducted into their Hall of Champions in June 2009. He is a past President of the MSAA, and has been recognized for 17 years of service on the association’s Legislative Committee. Johnson is an active member of the National Auctioneers Association where he has been instrumental in writing curriculum for the Benefit Auction Specialist designation, has served as a regular columnist, and twice has participated as a panelist of benefit auction experts at their national conference. He is a native of Duluth and a graduate of Winona State University.

The MSAA celebrated its 61st anniversary at this year’s conference and show, which concluded Saturday, January 8 in St. Cloud. The state association is an organization of licensed auctioneers who work to promote the auction profession. As the new champion Kurt Johnson will serve as a goodwill ambassador for Minnesota Auctioneers throughout 2011 and will represent the state in the International Auctioneers Championship to be held in Orlando, FL this coming July.


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“In the 15 years I’ve been involved with benefit auctions, I have not seen another auctioneer as gifted as Kurt Johnson. Because he’s the master of his trade, I’ve referred him to several nonprofits in the metro area and all of them have been thrilled with the results. Even the most skeptical become believers in the value of live auctions after they witness Kurt work his magic. You will not be disappointed when you hire Kurt Johnson as your auctioneer. Your guests will have more fun and your organization will make more money.”

--Mary Butler, Development and Special Event Consultant


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