Scott Shuman Named 69th National Auctioneers Association President

Scott Shuman, CAI, of Eaton, CO, and head of Hall and Hall Auctions will serve as President of the the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). After serving one year as NAA Vice President,  Shuman formally accepted office as NAA President on Thursday, July 13, during the NAA International Auctioneers Conference and Show.

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Thirty-two previous NAA presidents lined up at the sold out President’s Gala to officially pass the ceremonial gavel to Shuman. In fact, it was passed hand by hand along the line of previous presidents until it reached the hands of its newest recipient. Shuman described the ceremonial welcome as one of the best moments of his life.

In addition to Shuman’s accomplishments, Hall and Hall won three USA TODAY marketing awards at the conference.  Thank you to Krista and the rest of the Hall and Hall marketing team for their exceptional efforts.

Scott Shuman Elected as VP of National Auctioneers Association

Yesterday, our Partner Scott Shuman was unanimously elected as Vice President of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).  In one year,  he will rotate into the Presidency.  It’s a great honor and testament to Scott and Hall and Hall’s reputation within the Auction Industry.

Founded in 1949, NAA is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to auction professionals. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., the NAA represents the interests of thousands of auction professionals in the U.S., Canada and across the world.

Scott has more than 29 years of auction experience attending auction school in 1986 and opening an auction firm shortly thereafter.  He is the 2014 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer, and was awarded the 1997, 2002 and 2014 Auction of the Year awards from the NAA, as well as the prestigious Rose Award presented by the Certified Auctioneers Institute. Scott has served as an instructor for the Certified Auctioneers Institute and Trustee for the NAA Education Institute.  He is a past CAA Board member and currently serves as a director on the NAA Board.  Scott and his wife Krista reside in Eaton, Colorado with their three children. Their hobbies include snow skiing and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

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Hall and Hall Attends Trout Unlimited Spring Dinner in NYC

A full complement of Hall and Hall partners was present at the Annual Trout Unlimited Spring Dinner at the Central Park Boathouse in New York’s Central Park. Spring was in the air as Hall and Hall champion auctioneer Scott Shuman once again donated his services to further the science-based initiatives of Trout Unlimited. A small but enthusiastic crowd was on hand and Scott was able to foster some spirited bidding between friends for the coveted trips on offer. Scott, Jim Taylor, John Wildin and Tim Murphy renewed old friendships, and Mr. Wildin used his considerable charm and big smile to encourage some enthusiastic bidding.

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Hall and Hall Auctioneer, Scott Shuman, leads the crowd in some spirited bidding.

The week in New York gave us an excuse to check in with old friends and clients and connect with many new ones. Repeatedly we asked the question: why do we have a mini-resurgence of people looking to invest in farms and ranches? The only consistent answer seems to be that there are virtually no appealing, alternative safe places to invest capital. Certainly the demographics of the retiring and inheriting baby boomers has produced a good number of individuals and families who appreciate the many psychic benefits to be derived from the ownership of a farm or ranch.

Attention to Detail Key in Auction Business

By: Scott Shuman

The last few weeks have been very interesting.  With four auctions totaling nearly 10,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas, a nearly 13,000 acre auction in California, a Partners meeting in Montana coupled with an auction information day in Montana, and finally a 20,000 acre auction in NE Montana, we have been on the move.

I am very fortunate to have many partners that make improving their ability to market properties a priority.  For some, it is owning the latest in photography equipment. For others it is owning the latest in Drone technology.  A couple Partners even have their own planes.  Last Friday I was able to fly for the first time with Dave Johnson.  He shared with me all of the hours he has had to spend to be proficient in the air.  He also shared that he did so to be able to service properties better and to be able to serve his clients at the drop of a hat.  A big feat for the size of territory he covers.

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Prior to our takeoff I was impressed how thoroughly he went through the checklist.  Furthermore, he explained each detail as he went along.  It was as though he wanted me to understand what each gauge did and what every read out meant.

Considering the consequences of not understanding, I think I became a very good student.  Actually, I have already forgotten most of what he shared but at the time I was on it.

It reminded me of the steps we take and attention to detail required to make sure an auction turns out well, from understanding the property to knowing how to market it.

I am pleased that the people around me pay very close detail to those steps and they understand the importance of even the smallest of them.  I am even happier that my pilot and business partner recognizes the importance of checking on the smallest of details!

Hager Farm & Ranch Sale Named Agriculture Deal of the Year

The Land Report, the magazine of the American Landowner, has named the Hager Farm and Ranch sale the “Agriculture Deal of the Year”. The Triple Crown of auctions took place November 7-8, 2013, as 33,667 acres of Kansas farm and ranch land were put on the market by Hall and Hall Auctions. Over 500 spectators, including 128 registered bidders, participated in a two-day auction, which totaled $46,485,770 in land sales.

Highlights of the auctions included: a 160-acre Wichita County tract that brought $3,312 per acre and ranchland south of Meade that brought $1,007 per acre. Properties were purchased by 22 separate individuals, including local landowners and buyers from Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. A $3.6 million equipment sale happened at a later date.

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