Matt Hurley brings home top auctioneer honors from Florida contest

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Local auctioneer Matt Hurley won the Sunshine State Invitational Bid Calling contest.

Auctioneers from across the United States met last month in Tampa, Florida, for the Sunshine State Invitational Auctioneer Bid Calling Championship and a local caller brought home top honors.

Auctioneer Matt Hurley, based in Shady Grove, was awarded the title of Champion Auctioneer at the competition sponsored by the Florida Auctioneers Association. For his winning efforts he was awarded a one thousand dollar check and a glass championship trophy.

Prior to the contest the Florida Auctioneers Association offered a "Become a Champion" seminar, which was led by five champion auctioneers including, three-time World Champion Paul C. Behr, International Auctioneer Champions Tammy Tisland and Peter Gehres, World Livestock Champion Brandon Neeley, and World Automobile Champion Bobby D. Ehlert.

The contestants included several state champion auctioneers, as well as, former World-Pair Automobile Champion and an International Auctioneer Championship finalist.  Contestants were judged on presentation, chant/voice and effective auctioneering.  After the preliminary round of bid calling the field was narrowed to five finalists that then completed a round of interviews in front of the crowd.  

About Hurley Auctions

Hurley has been active in the auction industry for nearly 25 years and has conducted thousands of auctions.  He founded Hurley Auctions which conducts real estate auctions, commercial business liquidation auctions and estate and downsizing auctions. He is the former 2004 Pennsylvania State Champion Auctioneer, as well as, the 2013 Champion of Champions Auctioneer. In 2016 he was named Auctioneer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association.