Gary Hubbell, real estate broker with United Country Colorado Brokers in Hotchkiss, is proud to announce that he is a recent graduate of the Texas Auction Academy, one of the world's foremost auction schools.
The nine-day intensive auctioneering course teaches not only the basics of building the auctioneer's bid-calling "chant," but covers many different aspects of the auctioneering business, including marketing, clerking, business practices, and auction law. Students learned about many different types of auctions, including fundraisers and benefit auctions; auto auctions; livestock sales; estates; heavy equipment; antiques and collectibles; and, of course, real estate auctions.
"I've always been an auction fan," Hubbell explains. "I've attended hundreds of auctions and staged a couple myself. When the opportunity came to conduct the sale for Zack Meyer's estate last November, I jumped at it, because I knew that our United Country marketing systems would bring in the buyers."
The auction featured several valuable collectible cars, including a 1966 Mustang Fastback GT. Hubbell worked with local auctioneer Glenn Miles to call the sale.
"We had 450 people show up," Hubbell explains. "We exceeded the sellers' expectations of gross sales by 25 percent and it was a slam-dunk success. After that, I figured it was time to get serious and go to auction school."
The Texas Auction Academy was founded by Mike Jones, who owns state, national, and international auctioneering championships. Jones is currently president of United Country Auction Services. Most of the instructors at the academy were either state, national, or international auction champions.
"The quality of instruction was superb," Hubbell says. "They were very proficient in their areas of expertise. It was a great learning experience."
Of the 36 students at the course, Hubbell received a surprise at the end, tallying the highest score on the final exam. "Gary demonstrated a natural ability throughout his time at the Texas Auction Academy," notes Mike Jones. "Having operated the school for over 20 years, Gary is definitely one of our more accomplished graduates. I have no doubt that Gary's interest and knowledge in the auction profession will serve him and his clients well for many years to come."
Hubbell already has several auctions booked, and plans to use cutting-edge technology in Colorado auctions. "United Country has an excellent national auction website, and we have great technology so that we can do online auctions, simulcast bidding, online registration, and of course, we have awesome marketing platforms. I'm willing to look at projects almost anywhere in the West. Right now we're working on a heavy equipment auction and another auction has some very interesting antiques and collectibles. You'll be hearing more about our auctions in the near future!"
Hubbell can be reached through his website, www.uccoloradobrokers.com, or www.aspenranchrealestate.com. His mobile number is 970-872-3322.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.