2017-2018 South Dakota Auctioneers Association President
A letter from the SDAA President
Greetings SDAA members,
I would like to start out by saying how honored I am to be the 2017 – 18 South Dakota Auctioneers Association President. Congratulations to my good friend and auction associate Val Luckett as he completed his term as your SDAA President and a job well done. A special thank you to our executive secretary Dawn Luckett for everything she does throughout the year and especially the week of the convention. 2017 was a successful year with all of Val and Dawn Luckett’s hard work.
Our SDAA convention is a terrific way to get to meet and network with other auction professionals from across the state. It is also a great way to get your continuing education hours, support the SDAA and meet other auctioneers…oh and listen to stories. If you are a member and have not yet attended a convention, or if it has been a few years, I encourage you to do so next year in Huron.
One of the highlights of the SDAA convention has always been the banquet and Hall of Fame Inductee Presentation. Congratulations to Jud Seaman and Tom Souvignier for there well-deserved induction into the SDAA Hall of Fame for 2017.
As I write this letter I am preparing for our trip to Columbus, Ohio for the National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. It will be a fun filled week with some excellent auction industry education and experiences. I am also looking forward to the International Auctioneer Contest which I will be competing in on Fri. July 14th. The NAA is filled with members from across the country with the same focus as many of us, to promote the auction industry, and it is always beneficial to take a broader look at what the industry has to offer us as auctioneers and our clients.
As we head into July I’m sure many of you are very busy with family activities and auctions. I am looking forward to spending time with my wife Joy and our 3 boys as we travel to 4-H Rodeos on the weekends and I’m sure July will fly right by. If you take a look at the upcoming auction calendar you will see auctioneers across the state are busy. This is a good thing for our industry as we promote the auction method. Through successful auctions we help to make the auction a sellers first choice when it comes to selling whatever type of asset they may have.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 SDAA Bid calling contest in Huron on Sept. 3rd and the 2018 SDAA Convention June 14th-16th in Huron. I look forward to welcoming you all to the place we call home and am excited for the coming year.
Have a great summer and best wishes to all members.
Ben Meyer CAI, SDAA President