Tennessee Auctioneer Wins International Auctioneer Championship

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn., July 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Ochs Enterprises LLC (www.tennesseeauctioneer.com) is pleased to announce that Justin Ochs, recently won the title of International Auctioneer Champion (IAC) during a competition at the 63rd International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Spokane, Wash.

"I am humbled at the opportunity to compete with such poised and talented auction professionals," said Ochs. "It is truly my honor to represent the auction industry as IAC Champion."

Seventy-nine of the world's top male and female bid-calling auctioneers competed and were judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, interview answers and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. Since the competition was created in 1988, IAC champions have been considered by industry professionals to be the best bid-calling auctioneers in the world.

"I often hear, 'You're not what I expected' from clients when I show up for a consultation," commented Ochs. "I believe the public often associates auctioneers with rural communities and livestock barns, but auctioneers are business professionals capable of marketing and selling all types of real and personal property."

Although Ochs attended many farm and livestock auctions with his family during his childhood in Kansas, his ambition early on was to be a veterinarian, which sent him on a pre-vet track in high school and college. He also holds a master's degree in event management.

In 2004, he started an announcing business, which eventually led him to enroll at Missouri Auction School. Following auction school, Ochs's career gained momentum rapidly as some of the largest auction companies in the world contracted his services.

In 2009, Ochs was presented an opportunity to try out for the esteemed Barrett-Jackson - "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auction" - and secured a position on the auction team during the live-broadcast on the SPEED channel.

"I believe auctioneers will continue to play a vital role in the economy in the next five years, especially in real estate," Ochs noted. "There are a ton of vacant properties on the books that haven't even hit the market yet, and the auction method of accelerated marketing will realize fair market value for these properties."

Along with the women's division champion, Lynne Zink, Ochs will serve as a spokesperson and ambassador for the quarter-trillion dollar auction industry. He lives in Hendersonville, Tenn., with Kelly, his wife, and their son, Weston.

Ochs currently serves as a director on the Tennessee Auctioneer's Association board and is the 2010 Tennessee Bid Calling Champion. He's been a member of the auction staff for the All American Quarter Horse Congress Super Sale in Columbus, Ohio, the AQHA World Championship Sale in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Nashville.

Diamond Ochs Enterprises LLC specializes in auction marketing and sale of Middle Tennessee residential and commercial real estate, farms and land, along with farm machinery, heavy equipment and other assets. For more information, call 615-507-5984 or visit www.tennesseeauctioneer.com.

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