Auctioneer Champions

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.


Established in 1951, the Michigan Auctioneers Association is dedicated to the enhancement of Michigan’s Auction Industry through education, promotion, advocacy and networking. The MAA is the professional association for auctioneers in Michigan, continuing to be one of the leaders in the industry, and is proving to continue in that direction in the future.  The Michigan Auctioneers Association is the largest representation of auctioneers in Michigan, providing a forum for networking, sharing ideas and experiences.  For more information about the Michigan Auctioneers Association and the auction industry in Michigan, log onto



Year Champion
2024 Brad McGovern
2023 Ridge Bollheimer
2022 Jordan Miedema
2020 Jason Clark
2019 Billy Peyton
2018 Clayton Neal
2017 Eli Troyer
2016 John Beechy
2015 Wade Leist
2014 Laura Mantle
2013 Jimmy Lambert
2012 Henry Detweiler
2011 Jason Lamoreaux
2010 Peter D. Gehres, CES
2009 Beth Rose
2008 Jonathan Kraft
2007 Dan Samson
2006 David G. Helmer, GPPA
2005 Scott Miedema
2004 Mike Bliss
2003 Noah Smith
2002 Doug Heuker
2001 Art Smith
2000 Doug Sheridan
1999 Ed King, CAI*
1998 Kevin Belcher
1997 Willis Yoder
1996 Leroy Yoder
1995 Sid Miedema, Jr. CAI
1994 Dave Albrecht, CAI
1993 Tim Narhi
1992 Randy Brenner*
1991 William L. Sheridan, CAI, AARE
1990 Steve Stanton
1989 Herb Albrecht, CAI
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