From the President

SDAA President Ken Girard
SDAA President Ken Girard

2018-2019 South Dakota Auctioneers Association President

A letter from the SDAA President

Hello Fellow Auctioneers!

First of all, thank-you for electing me to serve as your President for the 2018-2019 year; I’m really looking forward to serving our members!

Wow, Ben & Joy Meyer, what a super convention you and your family hosted in Huron! Speakers were exceptional, good food, and as usual, great fellowship!

I mentioned at the convention that I’m looking to make a few changes to next year’s schedule, nothing drastic for those of you that fear change, just looking to add a few more things to attract new members and some participation from existing members that we don’t see at our convention.

First off, we are planning on hosting the “Champion’s Challenge” bid calling contest during the Thursday night Fun Auction. We are inviting back all the past state champions to compete for a custom made ring! I haven’t worked out the exact details yet, but looking forward to hearing all the best bid callers in the state of South Dakota.

I’m also hoping to add 2, 1-hour classes hosted by a couple of our members. Our membership has some auctioneer’s that sell some really unique auction auctions and we would love to hear about the process and challenge’s involved. Not asking anyone to give away trade secrets, just opening other member’s eyes to other possibilities in the auction industry. If there is any volunteers, please let me know!

The board has also passed a $100 per month advertising budget to promote the SD auction industry, it’s members, and our events through paid Facebook posts. They will run for 2-weeks at a time, usually at the beginning of the month.

Can’t wait to see you all at the State Bid calling contest too! New this year, we are offering the champion his/her their choice of the traditional buckle or a ring! Contest will be held Sunday, September 2nd during the State Fair in Huron, SD.

I will be attending the National Auctioneer’s Conference & Show this month in Jacksonville, Florida. Looking forward to seeing some of our members and other auctioneer’s from all across the country.

In closing, remember “If you have to eat a frog, eat it right away; if you have to eat two frogs; eat the big one first”.


Ken Girard CAI, AARE, SDAA President

Wayne Bessman presenting 2018-2019 SDAA President Ken Girard the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman
Wayne Bessman presenting 2018-2019 SDAA President Ken Girard the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman
SDAA Peoples Choice Winners: Back L to R 2016 Randy Owen Watertown SD, 2013 Vernell Qualm Platte SD, 2011 Don Sweeter Worthing SD, 2008 Dan Clark Winner SD, 2012 Jeff Storm Custer SD, 2009 Ben Meyer Huron SD, Front L to R 2017 Clayton Keck St Lawrence SD, 2007 Val Luckett Wessington Springs, SD, 2018 Ron Bradeen Custer SD, 2015 Jared Sutton Flandrea. Started the Peoples Choice award in 2007


SDAA Hall of Fame members present at the 2018 SDAA State Convention.
Back L to R: 2016 Marlin Fjelland Clark SD, 2015 Dan Clark Winner SD, 2004 Don Sweeter Worthing SD, 2002 Dale McPerson Rapid City SD, 2015 Wayne Bessman Madison SD, 2006 Vernell Qualm Platte SD, 2016 Terry Haiar Alexandria SD, 2017 Judson Seaman Rapid City SD, 2017 Tom Souvignier Canton SD
Front L to R: 2011 Marvin Girard Wakonda SD, 2018 Richard Wieman Marion SD, 2007 Darwin Fox DeSmet SD, 2012 Chuck Sutton Flandreau SD


Warren Bessman
Wayne Bessman presenting 2017-2018 SDAA President Ben Meyer the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman


Past Hall of Fame
Past Hall of Fame Recipients at Convention: Back Row L to R: Wayne Bessman, Chuck Sutton, Dan Clark, Don Sweeter, Marlin Fjelland, Terry Haiar, Vernell Qualm, Marv Girard
Front Row L to R: Dale McPherson, Tom Souvignier, Judson Seaman, Bob Penfield


Ben Meyer presenting gavel to out-going President Val Luckett
Ben Meyer presenting gavel to out-going President Val Luckett


2017 People's Choice winner Clayton Keck
2017 People’s Choice winner Clayton Keck, St Lawrence, SD.


Past Peoples Choice
Past People’s Choice – Back Row L to R: Randy Owen, Dan Clark, Bill Eckert, Jeff Storm, Don Sweeter, Ben Meyer
Front Row L to R: Val Luckett, Clayton Keck, Jared Sutton


2016 Hall of Fame
2016 Hall of Fame


People’s Choice award Randy Owen given by 2015 winner Jared Sutton.


2015 Peoples Choice