Ringman Champions

Michigan Ringman Championship


Mount Pleasant, Michigan – 25-year-old Colt Johnson from Farwell, Michigan, won the title of Michigan Ringman Champion at the 17th annual Michigan Ringman competition held at the Michigan Auctioneers Association convention in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The professional ringman is an integral component of a successful public auction.  The ringman is an on-the-floor salesman who interjects a dynamic force of electricity, enthusiasm, and professionalism into the live auction event.  A professional ringman knows how to properly communicate with the auctioneer.  They work independently as a team to help generate more bidder participation.   The difference between a Professional Ringman and a Bid Spotter is that a bid spotter waits for the bid to happen.  The professional Ringman makes the bid happen by effectively communicating with potential bidders.

Also taking home top honors were Greg Holiday (Belleville, MI), 1st Runner Up, and Brad Stoecker (Dimondale, MI), 2nd Runner Up.

The 2016 Clare High School graduate attended the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa at the tender age of 15.  Immediately upon graduating from auction school, he began working with Sykora Auction Service and is celebrating his 10-year work anniversary with the prominent auction firm.   Johnson also works at the Clare County Livestock.  He enjoys all auctions, but his favorite types of auctions are farm equipment and cattle auctions.


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 www.FindMichiganAuctions.com.


Year Champion
2024 Colt Johnson
2023 Ridge Bollheimer
2022 Mathias Donat
2020 Larry Harb
2019 Bob Howe
2018 Kenny Lindsay
2017 Willis Yoder
2016 Henry Detweiler
2015 Darin Hower
2014 John Beechy
2013 Leroy Yoder
2012 Peter D. Gehres, CES
2011 Joseph C. Schmitt III
2010 Douglas J. Heuker, AARE, GPPA
2009 Michael H. Bliss, GPPA
2008 David G. Helmer, GPPA, CES
2007 Dale Gabara, CES
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