As the child of an auctioneer, I started my life in the auction business at an early age, like many second generation auction kids, doing jobs like carrying out boxes of Tupperware, picking up garbage, helping little old ladies load purchases, running sheets and keeping the lunch wagon in business. My first real job with our company, Wears Auctioneering, was as a clerk. I learned the computerized clerking system at the age of 10 and continued that job until I went to auction school at 17. After attending World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa and graduating with my certificate in bilingual auctioneering, I started helping my dad as an auctioneer.
Soon after graduating from auction school, I joined the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) and the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and started competing. I placed 2nd in the International Junior Auctioneer Championship (IJAC) in 2008 and then in 2009 I won the Iowa Auctioneers Contest. From that point on, my auction career has been a whirlwind. I moved to Wyoming and joined the Wyoming Auctioneers Association (WAA) and the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA). In 2010 the WAA named me the Wyoming People's Choice Auctioneer. In 2012 I was honored to be the first female and the youngest recipient ever to win the Colorado Auctioneers Contest. Then in 2014, I was named the first female winner of the Wyoming Auctioneers Contest. The high point of my competitive career came in July 2018, after 10 years of competing, I was named the International Auctioneer Champion.
I have also earned the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) certification, Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) and Auction Technology Specialist (ATS) designations through the National Auctioneers Association designation academy. I've been on various committees and panels within my associations and have held a position as a board of directors member of the Colorado Auctioneer's Association. I have been honored to have been a judge at multiple state competitions.
As an auction professional, I have worked for many auction companies all over the country in a variety of capacities. I conduct numerous benefit auctions throughout the year, many with our company and as a contract auctioneer.
Throughout the years I have held a variety of positions for many different companies; bid-caller, ring person or bid spotter, clerk using paper and computer systems, cashier using paper and computer systems, help to catalog and run online only and online-live simulcast auctions and assist with office work including creating flyers, listing and cataloging auctions, creating and updating websites, managing social media sites, and fielding phone calls and e-mails.
In 2012 I started working with a production company on a new auction-based Reality Show called, "Money Barn". The show is a fun, upbeat, interactive depiction of different types of auctioneers and what we do! The show aired on Animal Planet in March of 2013.
In a strange chain of events, that seemingly short lived reality show actually led me to another fantastic opportunity. They say, "It's all who ya know!" and that must be true because someone from Money Barn knew someone from Storage Wars. I have now been a part of the hit reality show for the past 4 seasons and have enjoyed getting to know the cast and crew as well as being able to promote the auction industry on national television.
Taking the Auction Business Online
In January 2015, I moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming to pursue the auction business full time. I have opened a new branch of our company called Wears Auctioneering WEST. I have since moved back to Idaho and have expanded the online division of our company even more into the western states. To learn more about our business, go to www.wearsauctioneering.com, www.wearswest.com or www.wyauction.com.
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