2008 International Auctioneers Championship crowns winners

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 18, 2008
by WLJ

2008 International Auctioneers Championship crowns winners

C.D. "Butch" Booker of Colfax, WA, and Jodi L. Sweeney of Waukon, IA, were announced the winners of the 2008 International Auctioneers Championship at the 59th International Auctioneers Conference (IAC) and Show in Nashville, TN.

This year’s competition had 74 men and 22 women compete for the coveted title. Each champion received a cash prize of $10,000, a trophy, and will now represent the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) as its spokespeople throughout the year. The competitors were judged on their presentation, chant, voice quality, body language and other elements of effective auctioneering. There was also an interview segment of the competition that participants were judged on.

C.D. "Butch" Booker

Second-generation auctioneer C.D. "Butch" Booker is all too familiar with the IAC competition. Since 1993, Booker has competed in every IAC competition and has eight trophies to show for it. This year, Booker will proudly add the IAC Championship trophy to his collection of four first runner-up and four second runner-up IAC trophies. The owner of Kincaid Real Estate Company in Colfax, WA, Booker is also an active auctioneer in his family auction business, Booker Auction Company. He has conducted over 2,500 auctions in 16 states and specializes in industrial and farm machinery, real estate and purebred livestock auctions.

Upon being awarded his trophy, Booker invited his son, Cotton, to the stage to assist him in the IAC Champion auction. With his son standing by his side, Booker said, "When I was a little boy, my friends’ fathers played catch or fished with them. My dad took me to auctions. My son does the same with me. Auctions are our life. It’s what we do for a living. It’s what we love."

Booker and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Colfax, WA, with their 6-year old son. Booker is the son of the late NAA Hall of Famer D.L. Booker and Colleen Booker.

Jodi L. Sweeney

Third-generation auctioneer Jodi L. Sweeney was born to be an auctioneer. At the age of 21, Sweeney is an impressive auctioneer. Raised in the auction house, she started helping with the family auctions at the age of 6 and began selling at age 19. Sweeney specializes in farm machinery, real estate and antique auctions. She holds a real estate salesperson license in the state of Iowa. In August of 2007, Sweeney was the first female to win the Iowa Auctioneers Association State Bid Calling Contest.

"This year’s competition was filled with an excellent field of competitors," said Jodi Sweeney. "I was shocked and amazed to have won this year’s competition and I am truly honored to be this year’s champion."

Sweeney is currently completing her last year of college and will graduate in May. She is a member of the Iowa Auctioneers Association and lifetime member of the NAA. — WLJ