Texas Auctioneers Association - Block Talk - October 2016

Your Monthly News & Updates
By: Angie Meier
Hello All! I hope this edition of Block Talk finds each of you happy, healthy and your business is booming. I cannot believe we are already in October, but what an exciting month for the TAA. This month we are hosting the 1st Annual TEXAS LONE STAR OPEN!! If you are not familiar with this event let me explain.

On October 28th starting at 11:00 AM auctioneers from across the country will compete in a Bid Calling only contest. That's right, no interviews or questions asked, just simply a contest based on auction chant. We have chosen 4 veteran judges (John Korrey, Terrell Coleman, Joe Don Pouge, Joe Litchie) will crown the next champion. There will be four finalist - the three top scoring places will return for the final showdown, as well as a WILDCARD pick that the judges will decide on for the 4th spot. First place will be crowned the LONE STAR OPEN CHAMPION and will receive $3500 prize! 2nd and 3rd place will pay as well.

The contest will be held in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, (Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum) in conjunction with the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering.

If you haven't entered yet there is still time to do so!!! I cannot stress enough what an important role entering contests has played in my career. Win or lose I have always learned something from another contestant or about myself when participating. The friends I have made over the years and the comradery amongst your peers is something truly special. So take the plunge! Fill out the registration form! GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and GET IN THE ACTION!!! 

For registration form and more information visit: www.texaslonestaropen.com. 
TAA Hall of Fame Inductee and Past President:
Jim Sample
Unfortunately, we have received word that Jim Sample passed away on October 3rd.

Jim attended the Walter Britton Auction School in 1981 and pursued his passion as an auctioneer and became a member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA) in 1982. During his time with TAA, he earned the status of Senior Champion Auctioneer in 2003 as well as being awarded the Presidents Leadership Award in that same year, was inducted into the TAA Hall of Fame in 2010 and served as Board President in 2011-2012. Jim also served on various committees during his time with TAA including the Advisory Board with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation assisting in legislation for auctioneers. Jim was instrumental in helping create the TAA Green Book for Auctioneers as well as assisting in the creation of House Bill No. 135 which dealt with the requirements of an auctioneers license.

In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Texas Auctioneers Association Benevolent Fund, Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers International, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Greater San Marcos Youth Shelter or the charity of your choice.


Deadline to compete is October 24th!   
in conjunction with Red Steagall Cowboy Festival

OCTOBER 28, 2016 
11:30am - 4:00pm  
Visit www.texaslonestaropen.com for options!

Ad space still available - if you want to sponsor an ad - email us by October 18th!

More details including registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found
online at www.TexasLoneStarOpen.com!!

IABS:  Texas Law requires all real estate licensees to give the following information about brokerage services:  http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/contracts/OP-K.pdf.  
December 5, 2016

TAA Holiday Auction
with children at Texas Scottish Rite. 
To make a donation, send to TAA or
bring to the event. 
10am - meet at hospital lobby
MAY 7-9, 2017
60th Annual TAA Convention 
Embassy Suites
Frisco, TX

Watch for more details as they become available: www.texasauctioneers.org.