GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN– In a ceremony in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 24 professional auctioneers made history with becoming the first ever to be awarded the professional designation of ‘Certified Michigan Auctioneer’ by the Michigan Auctioneers Association.

The following auctioneers are official Certified Michigan Auctioneers.

  • Herb Albrecht – Vassar, Michigan
  • Brent Belcher- Marshall, Michigan
  • Gwyn Besner- Acme, Michigan
  • Wayne Blair- Zeeland, Michigan
  • Brian Braun- Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Daniel Burns- Comstock Park, Michigan
  • Jerry Cole-  Beulah, Michigan
  • Mike Furlo-  Midland, Michigan
  • David Helmer- Saline, Michigan
  • Jerry Helmer- Saline, Michigan
  • Frank Leist-  Boyne City, Michigan
  • Wade Leist- Boyne City, Michigan
  • Kenny Lindsay- Milford, Michigan
  • Scott Miedema- Byron Center, Michigan
  • Sid Miedema- Byron Center, Michigan
  • Richard Montgomery- Plymouth, Michigan
  • Tim Narhi – Byron, Michigan
  • Beth Rose- Maumee, Ohio
  • Joe Sherwood -St. Louis, Michigan
  • Art Smith – Cedar Springs, Michigan
  • Lee Smittendorf – Fulton, Michigan
  • Tricia Wiltjer – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Leroy Yoder – Clare, Michigan
  • Willis Yoder- Shipshewana, Indiana

For an auctioneer to achieve the Michigan Certified Auctioneer designation, candidates must submit evidence of meeting or exceeding the rigorous certification requirements. Candidates must:  Have conducted at least 100 auctions in their professional career. Received a minimum of ten Letters of Recommendation from satisfied customers. Complete at least 50 hours of demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced auction education –or- evidence of being an auction industry instructor. Have served on a committee or held an elected office within the past 10 years with the Michigan Auctioneers Association. Competed in at least three state and/or national competitions and passed a written test and oral interview by the MAA Certification Committee.

Certifications are valid for one year. For recertification, MAA has developed a maintenance model that focuses on continuing competence of the Certified Michigan Auctioneer. This new “Maintenance of Certified Michigan Auctioneer” model includes the following elements: Professional standing in the Michigan auction industry, commitment to lifelong learning through professional development, practice performance through examples of expertise through a test of knowledge in the profession.

The Michigan Auctioneers Association established CMA as the governing body that awards certification to professional auctioneers who meet approved requirements. The Michigan Auctioneers Association oversees the Certified Michigan Auctioneer certification and maintenance of certification programs and awards certificates to MAA auctioneers who meet requirements.


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