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Nov. 12, 2013
By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant
Dan Wilson is not a typical college student at Northwest Missouri State University. The junior animal science major from Redfield, Iowa, spends most of his free time auctioneering.
Wilson chose his animal science degree because he loves working with livestock, but his passion is auctioneering.
Wilson began auctioneering in 2009 when he was invited to help with an estate sale without any background knowledge of how to auctioneer. After a few hours, he started to realize he had a slight auctioneer chant and began selling items. Wilson quickly knew the opportunity would become more than a hobby.
“It was an absolute rush,” Wilson said. “I was the center of attention, having fun and was immediately hooked.”
Soon after his first auction, Wilson’s career began to snowball. In 2010, he received a scholarship to attend the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa. At the time, he was worried he would not learn anything. His experience was the opposite.
At the auction school, Wilson spent eight 14-hour days learning more about the industry and becoming involved with auctioneering. There, Wilson realized auctioneering was something he wanted to pursue.
“I was proven wrong,” Wilson said. “I learned a ton of new information and met some incredible people at this school.”
Soon he was competing in contests in Missouri and Iowa. In 2011, Wilson won the title of Iowa Rookie Champion Auctioneer. He was named third runner-up in 2012, and won the title of Iowa Champion Ringman earlier this year.
Wilson chose to attend Northwest because he knew there were opportunities for auctioneering in Maryville.
As soon as he started college at Northwest, Wilson contacted Mark Younger, president of Younger Auction Company in Maryville, and began to work for the company on the weekends. He works as an independent auctioneer and ringman in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska when he’s not working for Younger Auction.
“Every auction is different to me, and each one is always exciting,” Wilson said.
As an independent auctioneer, Wilson’s role is straightforward. Before selling, he reviews the sale items and familiarizes himself with them.
Now as a full-time Northwest student and auctioneer, Wilson works hard to balance his schedule. He devotes extra attention during the week to complete his academic responsibilities before the weekend, so he is prepared for the auctions.
Wilson said many people think he is only auctioneering to pay for his college. While he does use most of his earnings to pay for school, he has also gained many life skills.
“Auctioneering has taught me about professionalism, integrity and responsibility,” Wilson said. “I know the importance of being a constant representative of yourself. I have fun and conduct myself in a way that is highly transparent and intentional.”
Eventually, Wilson hopes to launch his own auctioneer company.
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