2007 MAA Annual Convention Highlights

A summary of events held at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Braintree, MA.
Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21

A Special Thanks to this years convention Sponsors

MLS Property Information Network

A special thanks to our honored Guest Speakers:

Mr. Scott Musser, Musser Brothers Auctioneers, Kennewick, WA

Ms. T. Maggie Rose, Classic Benefit Auction Services, Salem, NH

Mr. John Breault and Mr. Jack Foley, MLS Property Information Network, Shrewsbury, MA

Congratulations to our 2007 competition winners:

Congratulations Award Winning Advertisers!


Newspaper or Magazine Advertising

Daniel J. Flynn & Company
Quincy, MA-- Submitted by Jim Wagner

Auction Brochure orDirect Mail Marketing.

Storage Auction Solutions
Middleton, MA-- Submitted by: Paul Maglio

Internet Web Site

Storage Auction Solutions
Middleton, MA www.storageauctionsolutions.com
Submitted by: Paul Maglio

Photograph that Best Captures the Essence of an Auction

Daniel J. Flynn & Company
Quincy, MA-- Submitted by Jim Wagner

2007 Bid Calling Competition Results!


2007 Massachusetts State Bid Calling Champion and MAA Ambassador!
Congratulations to Paul L. Maglio, Storage Auction Solutions, Middleton, MA

Paul L. Maglio receives the Bid Calling Champion trophy from 2006 Bid Calling Champion Michael J. Chambers

Congratulations to Mr. Tom Weitbrecht -- Weitbrecht Auctioneers, Braintree, MA

Tom Weitbrecht receives bid calling first runner up trophy from 2006 Bid Calling Champion Michael J. Chambers

Thank you to this years Bid calling contestants & Judges!

Presenting The 2006 MSAA Hall of Fame Inductees:
The 2007 MAA “Hall of Fame” award was awarded posthumously to
Mr. Abe Levin.  The award was accepted by his son Harv Levin of Harv Levin, Inc New Castle, NH
The 2007 MAA “Hall of Fame” Award was awarded to James Martin of Martin Enterprises in Newton, MA

2007 MAA Spring Convention Review
Massachusetts Auctioneers Association 2007
Annual Convention Held in Braintree, MA

Braintree, Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Auctioneers Association annual convention took place May 21st and May 22nd at The Sheraton Tara Hotel in Braintree, MA

Sunday’s activities began with an 11:00am tee time at the Braintree Municipal Golf Course, although the soggy weather put a damper on participation.  For the first time in the history of the MAA, convention attendees participated in indoor Go-Kart racing.  At 1:00, drivers converged at F-1 Boston, at Wood Road in Braintree for pre-race safety briefings.  Drivers suited up in authentic racing apparel and full-face helmets to compete against one another during an hour-long, private track session.  The checkered flag was waved at 2:00 and drivers put the pedal to the metal.  Racing was highly competitive and exciting!  Attendees who participated immediately discussed getting together for another race.  Everyone agreed Go-Kart racing at F-1 Boston was a smashing success!

The evening festivities began with attendee check in at The Adams Room of the Sheraton Tara, followed by a cocktail reception and networking.  Attendees enjoyed a full dinner and desert.  The opening ceremonies began at 7:30.  The evening’s events included the annual bid calling contest.  Other award presentations included; newspaper advertising, auction brochure/ direct mailer, Web site and auction photography.  Two long time members were inducted into the Massachusetts Auctioneers Association “Hall of Fame” for their contributions to the auction industry in Massachusetts.  Auctioneer Abe Levin was posthumously awarded the MAA “Hall of Fame Award for his contributions to the Massachusetts Auction industry.  The award was accepted by his son, MAA member and auctioneer Harv Levin.  James Martin, of Martin Enterprises was also awarded the Hall of Fame award for his years of services and contributions to the Industry.  James Martin in one of only a select few life members of the MAA, who pooled their resources to ensure the continued existence of our organization.

The height of the evening was the crowning of the 2007 Massachusetts Bid Calling Champion Paul L. Maglio.  Maglio, owner of Storage Auction Solutions in Middleton, also received honors as the winner of the Web site and Direct Mail/ Brochure contests.  Congratulations to Daniel J. Flynn & Company of Quincy MA, who took the honors for winning in the “best newspaper ad” and photo “best capturing the essence of an auction” categories.
The coordination of the 2007 MAA convention was a result of the combined efforts of the MAA Board of directors:  President Stephen Paulin, Vice President Paul Zekos, Secretary Tom Weitbrecht, Treasurer Dale Schaetzke Directors, Donna Brooks, George Collias, Stephen Dean, John Economou, Paul Erickson, Mark Hudson and Paul Maglio.  Special guests in attendance include: NAA Treasurer Scott Musser BAS, JJ Alberts from the Boston Globe, Will Huie from the Boston Herald and Wayne Gregory from Banker & Tradesman. 

Monday’s activities began bright and early at 7:00 am, with a full breakfast in the Madison Room of the Braintree Sheraton Tara. 
The presentation portion of the day was conducted in the Quincy Suite.
Scott Musser BAS, NAA Treasurer and 2001 IAC Champion delivered the first presentation.  Part one of Mr. Musser’s presentation was entitled “Auctioneering 101, the chant”.  The subjects discussed included voice control, clarity, care and rhythm.  The attendees thoroughly enjoyed the information presented by this great IAC Champion Auctioneer. Part two of Mr. Musser presentation was titled “Servicing your client through technology”.  The attendees enjoyed Mr. Musser highly informational presentation that touched upon the many technologies available to auctioneers in this modern technological era.  Included were discussions on broadband technology, Internet advertising, Internet simulcasting of auctions and video auctions, where the entire auction can be previewed physically, but the actual sale is conducted in a theater environment with projections of digital pictures and video.  The MAA thanks Scott Musser for sharing his experience and knowledge with our attendees.

T. Maggie Rose, of Classic Auction Services was the next presenter.  The subject was entitled “Supercharge your Benefit & Charity Auctions, Tips for Pro’s and successful tips for all”.  Classic Auction Services provides clerking and consulting services to benefit auction groups and auctioneers.  Maggie has participated in hundreds fundraising auctions.  The presentation included information about the auction chant in a benefit auction, silent auction strategies, live auction strategies, venue selection, auction set-up and many other helpful topics.  The MAA appreciates Maggie’s participation and expertise at this year’s convention.

John Breault and Jack Foley from MLS Property Information Networks delivered the final presentation of the day.  The topic was “Presenting Auction Listings on The Multiple Listing Service.  The New Auction Listing Category”.  The much anticipated category launch is near completion and will roll out shortly.  Attendees were given information on the types of auctions that would be eligible for listing in the new category, as well as the licensing requirements for auctioneers wishing to take advantage of this new category.  Those in attendance asked a number of questions to clarify the categories of auctions and types of auctions that would be listed.  The overall feeling amongst members was anticipation and hopes the new auction category would help to spur broker participation in the auction process.

The final day of the MAA 2007 convention closed at 4:30 pm.  The MAA would like to say a special word of thanks to our sponsors and the many people all who volunteered their time, making our event possible.  The 2007 Convention was a successful and enjoyable event for everyone involved.  See you in 2008!

Hall of Fame Bio’s
Abe “Honest Abe” Levin
Abe Levin was one of the founders of the MAA.  His name signature on the original association documents, as a founding director, on February 9th, 1962.  Abe was an auctioneer in the years 1950 thru 1985. He joined the NAA in the 50’s.  A graduate of Repperts Auction School, he held the first Farm Bureau Cattle Auction in New England and enjoyed an impeccable reputation as an honest, professional auctioneer his entire career.  Abe Levin was affectionately known  "Honest Abe".

The “Hall of Fame” award was awarded posthumously and accepted by his son Harv Levin.  Harv, an MAA member and owner of Harv Levin Incorporated in New Castle NH, continues his family’s tradition in the auction business.

James “Jim” Martin
Jim Martin has owned several businesses during his lifetime including: Martin Upholstery, Martin Real Estate, Martin Antiques, Martin Auctioneers and Martin Appraisals. 

In the early 1970’s, Jim Martin found himself with a garage full of furniture he needed to sell.  Jim sold that garage full of furniture and began a career that had lasted for more than 35 years.  As an auctioneer, Jim Martin has sold everything from antiques to automobiles.  Through the years, countless meetings of the MSAA were conducted at Martin Antiques in Newton, MA.  During a difficult period in time, Jim and three other auctioneers reached into their pockets and put in $100 each to come up the $400 the association needed to remain solvent. 

A graduate of the Missouri Auction School, Jim Martin holds Massachusetts Auctioneer license number 484 and remains active as an appraiser.




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