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Hurley Auctions wins big at Pa. convention

January 22, 2013
  • Matt Hurley, owner of Hurley Auctions in Greencastle, Pa., recently won the Champion of Champions bid-calling competition during the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association convention in Harrisburg, Pa.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Hurley Auctions of Greencastle won seven awards, including the two highest awarded by the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, when auctioneers from across the mid-Atlantic region met Jan. 9 to 11 in Harrisburg, Pa., to participate in the 65th annual PAA convention. The event included the auctioneers championship at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

More than 300 auctioneers participated in educational seminars, competed in contests and networked with other auctioneers.

Among Hurley Auctions’ awards were first place in residential/farm real estate, personal property estate, commercial/industrial and auction firm promotional. It also received the Auctioneers Choice Award, as well as best of show, which was awarded for the company’s website.

Marjorie Hartman is the person primarily responsible for Hurley Auctions’ marketing materials. She is a graduate of Cal-Poly State University and has been with Hurley Auctions since 2000. She oversees the daily operations of the office and has participated in more than 1,000 auctions.

To top off the day, owner Matt Hurley won the Champion of Champions bid-calling competition. The competition is held once every five years and is open only to past state champion auctioneers. Hurley was the state champion in 2004.

The state championship contest began in 1980 and to date, Pennsylvania has named 34 state champions. Nearly 30 of the past champions returned to Harrisburg from as far away as Florida to compete for the Champion of Champions title.

Judges included the state director of each of the six PAA chapters. Contestants were judged on clarity and articulation; salesmanship and attitude; professional appearance; ease of listening pleasure; and overall general impression.

Each contestant sold three items to a crowd of nearly 300 attendees.

Hurley has been in the auction business since 1993. His company specializes in real estate, estate and business liquidations. It has conducted more than 1,000 successful real estate auctions and annually conducts more than 200 auctions and appraisals.

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