Written by Brendan Simpkins
Ray White’s internal Auctioneer of the Year competition for 2016 took place at the picturesque Partridge house on Friday to rave reviews.
Some 150 individuals made their way down to Glenelg to witness some of Ray White’s best auctioneers do battle, in a showcase of circuit veterans and the new kids on the block.
The entire competition was broadcast live via Facebook web stream, with some 935 people tuning in throughout the day and beyond to catch a glimpse.
Dubbed as “the most realistic auction setting ever held,” with a script designed to highlight the auctioneer’s talents, including a first-ever for auction competitions; auctioneers were required to hold a vendor and agent pre-auction briefing where they would talk vendors through the process and answer a series of questions.
Event organizer Ben Clarence, said he and the team that helped put the day together were “absolutely thrilled” with the level of talent that was shown from the competitors.
“It was great to see the passion of our auctioneers and the camaraderie before, during and after the event,” Mr. Clarence said.
“They’ve been emailing each other post-event, arranging to meet up and train together, and have even been turning up to each others field auctions to support or lend a hand.”
Mr. Clarence said that the level of performance shown by all nine auctioneers was a testament to the talent Ray White South Australia possess within its ranks, and even further a testament to the talent throughout the State as a whole.
“To be able to have such fantastic auctioneering talent just within the Ray White group is a testament to South Australia’s auction culture.
“The Ray White group is built on a foundation of auction, which is why we are dominant in the marketplace as a leading brand.”
Headlined by established names of the auction circuit, such as Brett Pilgrim, Jason O’Halloran, Trent Godfrey and Sam Doman who all delivered performances one would expect from seasoned veterans.
But it was the second half of the competition which provided the highlights, as the rookies stepped up to the plate.
Making their competitive debuts – and some even making their first sale on the day – were Alex Ellis, George Kargiotis, Michael Cavuoto, Petra Mells and Rachel Lawrie who all rose to the occasion.
In what was a baptism of fire, the debutants showed the courage needed to carve out a successful career in auctioning.
The 2016 winner will be announced on Friday.