COLUMBUS, Ohio — As the big finale here to the National Auctioneers Association’s 68th Annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show, Mount Airy’s own Dustin Rogers won first place in the 2017 NAA Men’s International Auctioneer Championship a week ago.
One night earlier, his father, Mark Rogers, had been inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. Achieving his long-sought win on the heels of his father receiving the organization’s highest honor was amazing, said Rogers.
Dustin’s big win has been a long time coming. In 2007, he was runner-up in the 21-and-under division of the competition. The next year he missed the competition for the birth of his daughter.
He has entered the competition every year since 2009, making the top 15 in 2010 and placing in the top three for the next six years. He is the only male to reach the top three six times, and he made it seven in a row this year.
The competition includes an on-stage interview by the judges and selling an auction item live on the stage.
“You don’t find out what item you are selling until right before you auction it. You have no idea what it is,” said Dustin Rogers.
The men’s division of the International Auctioneer Competition had 73 competitors. It is open to auctioneers worldwide but the majority are from the United States, with Ireland, Canada and China also being represented.
Rogers received a $5,000 cash award along with a trophy, championship ring and the right to be known as one of the best auction professionals in the world.
Dustin Rogers is unique in the Rogers clan, having broken away from the family firm, Rogers Realty and Auction. For several years, he did contract work — he was an auctioneer for hire. He worked with his family when they had something going on, he says, but took work from other companies as well.
Then, in late 2015, CAT Auction Services offered him a job. He talked to his father about the offer, who he recalled said, “You’ve got to take it.”
Dustin Rogers agreed that “this was an offer that comes along once in a lifetime” and became the lead Auctioneer for CAT Auction Services, where he specialized in selling heavy equipment and has done so in 18 states and seven foreign countries.
Recently, the company was acquired by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, which is based in Burnaby, British Columbia, in Canada.
Having won the International Auctioneer Championship, Rogers is ineligible to compete again.
“You only win it once,” he said.
With seven straight top-three finishes, his legacy will live on.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.