Behind Bray, Eli Troyer, of Beach City, Ohio, finished as runner-up,
and Jay Cash, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, rounded out the top three as
second runner-up among a stout group of 15 men’s finalists.
A former champion in Iowa (2009), Colorado (2012), and Wyoming
(2014), Wears is a second-generation NAA auction professional. She works
full time in the family business, Wears Auctioneering, with her dad,
Brent, and handles all online auctions as well as onsite auctions on
weekends. Emily is an auctioneer on A&E’s reality show “Storage Wars”.
Morgan Hopson, CAI, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, took runner-up, a
strong follow-up to a second runner-up showing in the 2017 NAA IAC.
Laura Mantle, CAI, CAS, was second runner-up to complete the top three
and put the wraps on a fiercely competitive women’s field including
Earlier in the evening, Cotton Booker, of Colfax, Washington, was
crowned winner of the 2018 International Junior Auctioneer Championship,
which features competitors ages 12-18 and helps cultivate and promote
the next generation of auction professional talent. Booker’s immediate
family is affiliated with Booker Auction Company in Eltopia, Washington.
His father, C.D. “Butch” Booker, is the owner of KINCAID Real Estate.
In Colfax. Butch won the International Auctioneer Championship Men’s
Division title in 2008, which makes them the first father/son duo to
collectively hold IAC and IJAC titles. (IAC began in 1988, IJAC began in
Also during the IAC competition, which was streamed live throughout
the day on Facebook Live (with a reach of just under 25,000 who saw it
or stopped by the feed) and YouTube, the Chuck Cumberlin Sportsmanship,
awarded to the IAC competitor who shows the best sportsmanship, was
given to Jerick Miller, of Cambridge, Ohio. The Bob Steffes Rising Star
Award was given to Katie Imholte Gabriel, BAS, of St. Louis Park,
Both the 2018 NAA IAC and 2018 NAA IJAC were conducted as part of the NAA’s 69th
Annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show, which took place
in Jacksonville this past week. IAC contestants must be 18 years of age
or older, a current NAA member, and registered for Conference and Show.