Byron Bina, a native of Lincolnville, was named division second runner-up auctioneer and first runner-up ringman at the 2006 Pacific Open World Auctioneers & Ringman Championship held Oct. 27-28 in San Diego, Calif.
“It’s all about the people,” Bina said. “I love the auction business. I’d do it no matter if I was selling bowls and plates or selling million-dollar real estate.”
The competition was open to auctioneers all around the country, including current and past state, national and world champions. The purpose was to recognize auction professionals for their unique and versatile chants, and to promote the auction method of marketing.
“Unlike other auction contests, I like the fact this is centered directly on auctioneering ability,” Bina said. “There are no interview scores or deduction of points if you wear boots and a felt hat, just strictly bid-calling ability, as it should be.”
In the competition, each contestant was required to auction three items to the crowd. Then the field was narrowed to the top finalists who, again, auctioned three more items.
The panel of judges represented a cross-section of the auction industry.
Bina has cried 24 sales so far in 2006, covering Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and parts of Colorado. He has placed among the top 10 Kansas auctioneers for each of the past five years as well as being named Nebraska’s 2006 “rookie of the year.”
“While it’s fun to travel to do larger sales, I would rather be back home selling old farm houses, John Deeres and Grandma’s collectible plates at auctions,” Bina said. “It’s where my family is and where I want to raise a family.”