Justin Rhinehart Wins Tennessee State Auctioneer Championship

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Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Auctioneers Association (TAA) is pleased to announce that Justin Rhinehart of Columbia, recently won the title of 2015 Tennessee State Champion Auctioneer during the Winter Convention in Nashville, TN.

“I am honored to have been chosen from among some of the most talented auctioneers in the state” said Rhinehart. “It is a blessing to be involved in the auction industry and to experience the professional and personal relationships developed by being a member of the TAA.”

Top auctioneers from all across the state of Tennessee gathered in Nashville this December to showcase their skills and walk away with a $1,000 cash prize. The contest consisted of selling three items in a preliminary round, then the top three were selected to advance to a final round which included both an interview and live selling portion.

"We have been working diligently to improve our state competition," commented Justin Ochs, TAA Vice President and Contest Committee Chair. "The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, a paid entry into the International Auctioneer Championship held in Addison, TX in July, and one-on-one coaching from a past IAC champion.

Judges for this year's contest were among the "who's who" of the auction industry. The judging field consisted of past TN State Champions, World Automobile Auctioneer Champions, and this year's current International Champion Auctioneer.

Rhinehart houses his auctioneer’s license with the Nashville division of Compass Auctions and Real Estate. He focuses his work with Compass on their industrial and surplus liquidation enterprises; serving as auctioneer and ringman at sales and providing data analysis for the corporation.

“I think that the auction method of marketing, and the advantage of true price discovery that we often cite, creates a microcosm of the ideal value-based economy on sale day," Rhinehart stated. "It is exhilarating to watch that unfold in front of you. I think the appreciation of that process is what brings us together in the TAA and specifically at the bid calling competition.”

The Tennessee Auctioneers Association promotes high professional standards and encourages members to practice the highest principles of integrity in their auctioneering profession. Members agree to work uniformly to remain competitive in the auctioneering profession.