South Australia’s David Stockbridge won RE/MAX Australia’s second annual auctioneer competition with a skilful performance at the network’s Sales Rally in Brisbane last week.
Stockbridge from RE/MAX Urban and Rural went head to head, gavel in hand, with the second finalist Bill Rex of RE/MAX Beach City on Queensland’s Gold Coast, to eventually take the title of 2013/2014 Auctioneer of the Year.
RE/MAX Managing Director Michael Davoren, a much-awarded auctioneer himself, introduced the competition to more than 250 delegates saying that performing in front of peers in an auction competition was amongst the toughest auctioneering one could encounter.
“The Auctioneer of the Year event recognises and draws out the expertise we have in the RE/MAX ranks and inspires all auctioneers – and aspiring auctioneers.
“It also is a message about a level of performance we expect, demonstrating a benchmark each year in the level of professionalism and expertise in the auction process that RE/MAX will give its customers,” said Davoren.
RE/MAX agents were invited to submit a short video of themselves in action before finalists were selected for the mock-auction competition at the Sales Rally. The competing finalists were judged by their peers, which meant more than 250 were judging rather than a panel of four or five, pointed out Davoren.
Salisbury based Stockbridge, whose career spans the last three decades, conducted his first auction in 1998 and has auctioned many of his area’s landmark properties. He was a finalist in the inaugural RE/MAX Auctioneer of the Year event last year.
“Auction marketing is often rewarded by the major real estate groups but few encourage the professional development and abilities of its auctioneers,” Stockbridge said. “I am excited about all of the work our new RE/MAX Australia team is putting into our people and skills development around the auction process through this competition and the soon-to-be-launched Auction Committee.
“It is a very exciting time to be a part of RE/MAX.”