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July 20, 2011

Model-Turned Auctioneer Wins International Bid-Calling Championship

Camille Booker, CAI, CES, from Kennewick, Wash.

Overland Park, Kan., July 20, 2011 – From the fashion runway to the auction block, Camille Booker, CAI, CES, of Kennewick, Wash., is familiar with the pressure of being in the spotlight. On Friday, July 15, 2011, Camille took center stage, before hundreds of auctioneers and competed in her seventh International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) contest and was crowned champion. 

Created in 1988, the IAC is an annual competition hosted by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) that allows the world’s top male and female bid-calling auctioneers the opportunity to compete for the world title. Sixty-six men and 17 women competed in this year’s competition, which took place at the 62nd International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Orlando, Fla. Contestants are judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, interview answers and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. IAC champions are considered by industry professionals to be the best bid-calling auctioneers in the world.

Click here to watch video of Camille Booker compete in this year’s IAC.

As a third-generation auctioneer, joining the family business, Booker Auction Company, was not always in Camille’s career plans. As a teen, Booker, 29, worked as a fashion model and had considered pursuing the profession as an adult. Established in 1980 by her father and grandfather, Camille grew up in the family auction business and spent much of her childhood helping with the business. Booker attended Reppert School of Auctioneering when she was 16, but it wasn’t until she was attending the University of Washington that she realized she enjoyed working with her family and helping people as an auctioneer. After graduating in 2004, Camille joined the family business full time.

A member of the NAA and the Washington Auctioneers Association, a graduate of the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) and a Certified Estate Specialist (CES) designee, Camille conducts auctions throughout the inland Northwest. The auction company has offices in Eltopia, Colfax and Wenatchee and specializes in farm machinery, industrial/commercial equipment, real estate and business liquidation auctions. Camille also conducts several benefit auctions throughout the year for charities throughout the Northwest.

Winning the IAC crown in Orlando was particularly meaningful to Camille. In 2002, her grandfather, D.L. Booker, was inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame at the association’s conference in Orlando. The Booker family is very competitive when it comes to bid-calling contests. Camille’s uncle, C.D. “Butch” Booker of Colfax, Wash., won the contest in 2008. Her younger sister, Chantel, competed against her in the preliminaries and her brother, Austin, also competed and advanced to the finals in the men’s division.

Joseph Mast, CAI, of Millersburg, Ohio, will join Camille as the men’s division champion. Together they will serve as spokespeople and ambassadors for the quarter-trillion dollar auction industry. Camille’s reign as IAC champion will conclude at the 63rd International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Spokane, Wash. July 17-21, 2012.

Click here for photo of Camille Booker.

To contact Camille Booker for interviews, please call (509) 989-1061 or e-mail camille@bookerauction.com.

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About the National Auctioneers Association

Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) represents thousands of auctioneers in the United States and across the world. Founded in 1949, the mission of the NAA is to promote the auction method of marketing and enhance the professionalism of its members through education and technology. To learn more about auctions or to find and auction or auctioneer, visit www.naaauction.com.

About Booker Auction Co.

Established in 1980, the family owned and operated company provides auction, appraiser and real estate brokerage services throughout the inland northwest. Offices in Eltopia, Colfax and Wenatchee. The company specializes in farm and ranch equipment and machinery, commercial and industry equipment, appraisals, and is a licensed real estate brokerage and auction firm. To learn more, visit www.bookerauction.com.