Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio was named Champion at the 2019 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Eastern Regional Qualifying Event. Northeast Georgia Livestock (Athens, Ga.) hosted the final of three WLAC qualifying events on December 12. A total of 24 contestants from 14 different states/provinces competed for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the 2019 WLAC at Tulare Sales Yard – Tulare, Calif.
Contestants were judged on the clarity and quality of their auction chant; auctioneer presentation; ability to catch bids and conduct the sale; and how likely the judge would be to hire the auctioneer. Judges for each qualifying event are livestock market owners and managers as well as allied industry members from across the United States and Canada.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named the top person of the qualifier,” Mitchell said. “This gives me the confidence boost I needed going into the Championship round.”
Mitchell has qualified for the WLAC eight times since his first competition in 2012. He moves onto the WLAC Semi-Finals where the competition is composed of two parts, an interview and live auction selling.
“The most challenging part of the WLAC event is the interview portion,” Mitchell said. “This is what I plan to work on prior to June, not only for the contest but for my day-to-day use as well. I’m a spokesman for my customers and this industry.”
Mitchell traveled nine-hours from his home state of Ohio to attend the competition hosted in Athens, Georgia. While his main reason for the voyage was to win the event, he couldn’t deny the other reason for his trip – friendship.
“Over my years of competition, I’ve gained a lot of lifelong auctioneer friends from many different states, Mitchell beamed. “Each WLAC event I attend a take something new I’ve learned, from the other auctioneers, back to our business.”
Mitchell is a second-generation auctioneer. He grew up attending farm sales and other auction events with his father, who is also an auctioneer. After graduating from auction school he entered the livestock auction business.
The Mitchell family owns Parkersburg Livestock Exchange, LLC and Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, LLC both in the state of West Virginia.
Also making a great showing were Reserve Champion Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, Ky.; Runner-Up Champion Philip Gilstrap, Pendleton, S.C.; Christopher Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Wade Leist, Boyne City, Mich.; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.; Darren Carter, Ninety Six, S.C.; Jeremy Miller, Fairland, Okla.; Jacob Massey, Petersburg, Tenn.; and Jim Settle Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Other contestants who competed were Top Rookie: Russell Hergenreter, Salem, Ore.; Seth Waldrop, Westminster, S.C.; Andrew Conley, Blairsville, Ga.; Larry Nisly, Quaker City, Ohio; Mark Oberholtzer, Loyal, Wis.; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Chuck Cozzitorto, Hilmar, Calf.; Brady Ward, Villa Rica, Ga.; Albert Carroll, Downeyville, Ontario; Patrick Prather, Richmond, Ky.; Chad Wilson, Portland, Tenn.; Drake Morrow, Opp, Ala.; Billy Bruce, Fair Play, Mo.; Marshal Tingle, Nicolasville, Ky.