Dave Koning was determined the 2014 Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer by a panel of five judges, four from the industry and one guest judge. He competed with 16 other competitors for this sought-after honor. Koning finished the auction after receiving his new title selling a cherry bench for the FFA Foundation benefit and the octagon brick for the 4-H Foundation benefit.
First runner-up was Jim Gavin from Reedsburg, and is associated with Gavin Brothers Auctioneers LLC and second runner-up was Joe Mellem of Monticello, and works with Johnson Auctioneering. The other three finalists were Jim Gavin from Gavin Brothers Auctioneers LLC, Rodney Freymiller associated with Tim Slack Auction and Realty, LLC and Kathy Packard of North Central Sales.
The competition was held on the Main Stage in the Coliseum of the Wisconsin State Fair Park.
The competition entails an initial round where all the competitors sold three items and then determined by the judges scores the field was narrowed to six finalists. The six finalists then had to answer two industry related questions and sell an additional three items for the final round. This competition was a fund raiser for the FFA Foundation with the competitors selling various items and also the 4-H Foundation.
Koning was born and raised on a farm and has been actively involved in farming his entire life. Dave is married, with four children and 11 grandchildren. He has been conducting auctions for nearly 40 years after graduating from Reisch Auction College, and actively sells farm machinery, livestock, and household items, and also conducts estate auctions.
Koning has been an auctioneer at Metro Milwaukee Auto Auction for 18 years. A Wisconsin Auctioneers Association board member since 2008, he served as President in 2012 and is currently serving as Treasurer and is a member of the National Auctioneers Association. He will represent Wisconsin at the national competition that is held in conjunction with the National Auctioneers Association annual convention in 2015.
The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association is a non-profit trade association that exists for the purpose of promoting the growth and professionalism of the auction method of marketing and auctioneering in the state of Wisconsin. For further information the website is www.wisconsinauctioneers.org or call 608-558-5041.