Clare sophomore becomes auctioneer

August 23, 2013

Colt Johnson calls at an auction.

Colt Johnson calls at an auction.

He may still be a teenager, but Colt Johnson of Farwell Michigan, graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering od Mason City, Iowa in June. Colt is the son of Matt and Stacey Johnson. He is the nephew of John McConnell who is an auctioneer. Colt is currently working along side Scott J. Sykora of Sykora Auction Service of Clare.

Colt said he has wanted to learn how to be an auctioneer for a “few years.” He added, “since I started going to my Uncle’s (John McConnell’s) auctions.”

The school was an intense eight days from 10 to 12 hours a day. “I liked it,” Colt said, “It was fun.” He received instruction in Real Estate, Benefit/Charity/Fundraising, Automobile, Farm, Antique, and Specialty Auctions, as well as vocal training and auction law. Other subjects included business management, technology, marketing, networking, online auctions and the development of an auction chant and bid calling.

Just 15 years old and a sophomore at Clare High School this year, Colt was the youngest of 62 in his class. Each graduate of the auctioneer course spoke to the rest of the class when they received their diploma. According to his Mom Stacy Johnson, Colt said how nervous he was and how much fun he had that week. But the last thing he said to his class was “The world doesn’t wait for nobody and I hope you get out and get it.”

Colt said he wants to make being an auctioneer his career. Since he graduated he has already worked as a professional auctioneer four times including one in June for a Benefit and Auction. “I have been asked to do a horse auction in Marion in October and I might ‘ring’ a few auctions. [assist the auctioneer by helping identify bidders in an audience]

In June and again on August 17, Colt sold several items for the Sykora Auction Company and they said they were proud to have this young man on board. John and Scott look forward to guiding Colt in his future career as an auctioneer. Colt was also the auctioneer of benefit auction in June near Traverse City Michigan. It is an annual fund raising event with a live auction called Tackling TS. These proceeds where donated toward the research of TS, to help kids with disease and to St. Jude’s.

Colt plans to continue improving his auctioneering skills.

“It is what I always wanted to be,” he said, “an auctioneer.”

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