Brad McGovern, Michigan Auctioneer Champion 2024

Mount Pleasant, Michigan – Brad McGovern from Lima, Ohio, won the title of Michigan Auctioneer Champion at the 35th Annual Michigan Auctioneer Championship. The Championship took place on February 2 at the Michigan Auctioneers Association Annual Conference held at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The 5 Finalists in the Auctioneer Division were Kurt Mingerink (Byron Center, MI), Greg Holiday (Belleville, MI), Colt Johnson (Clare, MI), Brad McGovern (Lima, OH) and Brad Stoecker (Dimondale, MI). For winning the title, McGovern received a championship ring, trophy, and entry into the International Auctioneer Championship in July 2024 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

During his acceptance speech, McGovern praised his faith in Jesus Christ and shared a story about how he met his wife, India McGovern who is also a professional auctioneer, at the Ohio Auctioneers Association championship in 2019 and the profound effect she has made in his life along with his father-in-law.

He was emotional when he spoke of his grandmother, who recently passed. “She believed in me, and she was my everything. She raised me; she got me through auction school. She was there. She was my rock.” Said Brad McGovern.

McGovern is a seasoned auctioneering and real estate professional, driven by a passion for excellence and a commitment to community service. His commitment to the industry was reflected when he was elected to serve on the Ohio Auctioneers Association Board of Directors from 2020 to 2023. McGovern also played key roles as co-chairman of the Mentorship Committee and the Legislative/Advocacy Committee, shaping the future of the auctioneering profession.

McGovern served as Chairman of the Youngstown-Columbiana Association of Realtors Legislative Committee, and the Legislative/Advocacy Committee. The Ohio Realtors appointed him as a state and federal political coordinator.

McGovern is the CEO of McGovern Auctioneers, LLC. Additionally, he serves as a dedicated auctioneer at Auctions on 309 in Lima, Ohio, and serves as a Realtor with CCR Realty.