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North Hudson auctioneer elected

Gokey chairman of state association

— A North Hudson man will lead the New York State Auctioneers Association.

John Gokey was elected chairman of the board of directors of the NYSAA during the group’s 58th annual convention in Syracuse Feb. 3 and 4.

More than 100 auction professionals from throughout New York State and Canada gathered attended along with John and Jean Gokey, of Gokey’s Auction Service in North Hudson.

The convention featured seminars and topics including selling guns at auction presented by the state attorney general’s office, motivating staff and customer service presented by National Auctioneers Association director Richard Schur, and crowd control and stage presence by Joseph Mast, an auctioneer with the elite Barrett-Jackson team, the youngest International Auctioneer Champion.

The purpose of the event is to provide continuing education to auction professionals to give them the tools to better serve both buyers and sellers.

Special events included the annual business meeting, which included election of officers and board of directors.

Special awards went to the Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kirby of Syracuse, Auctioneer of the Year was awarded to Laurie Bostwick of Candor, Rookie Auctioneer of the Year Tyler Galloway of Cobleskill and New York State Bid Calling Champion Evan Goodrich of Newark Valley.

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