Isaac Schultz is Minnesota’s 2016 State Champion Auctioneer!

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Posted on: Friday, February 12th, 2016

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Competing against some of the very best auctioneers in Minnesota, Isaac Schultz of Upsala was crowned the 2016 Minnesota State Champion Auctioneer, Jan. 14. It was the 27th time the competition was held by the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association (MSAA).

“It’s an honor. I’m really excited to be state champion,” he said.
The contestants were judged on presentation, chant voice, clarity, rhythm, expression and effective auctioneering. At the age of 24, Schultz is one of the youngest who has ever held the state champion title. Only one other 24-year-old, Austin Bachman, won the title in 2012.

In the Schultz family, Isaac said it seems to have become a tradition that a Schultz win the championship title every six years. Since the competition’s inception in 1989, Isaac’s dad, Mike Schultz, won the state championship title in 2004. Isaac’s cousin, Matt Schultz, won it in 2010.
Isaac said he’s been striving to win the state championship since he was young and first started bid-calling (auction chant).
“So it’s really cool to be one among the 27 state champions now. Many of them, including my dad, are mentors to me and have helped me grow in the business,” he said.
“I’m excited for him. It’s a huge blessing. It’s a very difficult and fair competition. The field of contestants he was up against are very skilled so it’s a great reward,” said Mike.
“I’m very proud of him,” said Isaac’s mom, Jan Schultz.
Isaac said he anticipates this year to be very fun. As the state champion, he is also the ambassador for the MSAA for the year.
“I look forward to travelling around the state, meeting with media and helping with auctions I otherwise might have not had the opportunity to do,” he said.
Another opportunity Isaac said he embraces is the chance, as the ambassador, to work with children who are growing into the auction business, to bring them up on stage and help them along.
The MSAA will also pay his way to compete in the International Auctioneer Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. in July.
Isaac said he grew up around the auction business. His parents own “Schultz Auctioneers Landmark Realty” in Upsala and as a child got to tag along. Yet, even so, he said, the interest for the business didn’t come until  he was 15-16, when the National Auctioneer Association announced it would hold an International Junior Auctioneer Championship.
“I recognized it as an opportunity to achieve something at a young age and to try to win the trophy and the $1,000 prize money,” he said.
Isaac didn’t win that year, but said he later took second place.
“It was that auction that kind of threw the headset on me and told me to go. Then under guidance, I continued to build from there,” he said.
Isaac said each auction is uniquely challenging.
“A lot goes into preparing for the auction, as much needs to be done in order to be successful on auction day,” he said.
Isaac said he particularly enjoys selling farm equipment, although he sells a wide variety of merchandise.
Isaac graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneers in Mason City, Iowa, in June 2009.
Isaac said being involved in the auction business has helped him in his personal growth.
“What makes it so special about the auction business is that it gives you that poise and stage presence that can be applied to a lot of parts of life. It’s also an opportunity to be in front of  a crowd,” he said.
Isaac said his auction chant constantly changes and that he works on improving it.
“I practice it whenever I get a chance, whether I am driving down the road or doing other things. Some of the best auctioneers may put in 10 or more hours per week practicing the auction chant,” he said.
For the future, Isaac said he wants to make a living in the auction business and to have great success.
“I might take over the family business one day or be part of an auction organization that can help a lot of people. It’s really about helping people in a time of change,” he said.

*Written by Sheila McCoy

*Article courtesy of the Morrison County Record