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Zach Shelley – 2009 Maryland Bid Calling Champion

Last year’s champion, Roxane Casto, coordinated this year’s bid calling contest which took place at Metzger’s Auction House.

Congratulations to Zach Shelley, our 2009 Maryland State Bid Calling Champion. Zach competed with 8 other auctioneers and was awarded top honors. Coming in 2nd place was Ron Hamner, and 3rd place was John Roop. Thanks to all who competed. Also, a special thanks to our judges: Richard Claycomb, Cindy Fenton, and John Hess.

From a young age Zach always wanted to be an auctioneer. After graduating high school he started an auctioneer apprenticeship under Mr. Tom Girvin, a dear family friend. Zach soon developed the “auction bug” and it was off to auction school. He graduated in December of 2006 from Harrisburg Area Community College with a diploma of Auctioneering and was placed on the Dean’s List. In April of 2007, Zach received his Pennsylvania State Auctioneer license and was hard at work. He worked every and any type of auctions he could find. Zach has worked in many large auto auctions, machinery and equipment auctions, benefit and charity auctions, livestock auctions, antique and real estate auctions. He has had the opportunity to work with many great auctioneers and learn from their experience. Zach truly loves the auction profession.

Roxane Casto – 2008 Maryland Bid Calling Champion

The competition was held on September 30th at the Chesapeake Auction House in St. Leonard, MD in conjunction with the annual AAM fundraising event. The competition included nine auctioneers throughout the state of Maryland.

Congratulations to Roxane Casto of Glen Burnie who earned the 2008 Title. A love of antiques led Roxane to move into the field of dealing antiques. After spending much time at auctions, she felt inspired to become an Auctioneer and attended Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in October of 1997. She began her auctioneering career upon her return from auction school specializing in Estate Auctions. She was named 2005 Auctioneer of the Year for her service to the AAM and their newsletter.

Thanks to all of the talented contestants and to our judges:

Phil Grosh & B.J. Jennings of Jennings Auction Group in York Haven, PA
Amberleigh Scheungrab -Contract Auctioneer from Falmouth, VA
Mike Stermer of Stermers Auction Company in East Berlin, PA.