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Mark Sumich wins NAB Australasian Auctioneering Championship for third time
Released 22 September 2011



Mark Sumich from New Zealand has won the 2011 NAB Australasian Real Estate Institutes’
Auctioneering Championship. The runner up was Andrew North, also from New Zealand. 

Neil Laws, Chairperson of the Steering Committee, congratulated Mark Sumich for the professional and entertaining auction he conducted.

“After viewing 21 auctions over the past two days, the judges determined that, of the 16 contestants, Mark Sumich displayed the best combination of skill and technical knowledge.

“It is particularly significant that he has now won the Championship three times.

“The devised bidding process tested the auctioneers’ skill, attention and ability to think on their feet. To be successful, they had to deal with – not unlike many auctions each weekend – a wide range of testing questions and unpredictable bids.

“Given that the competitors represent the most professional and skilled auctioneers that each state and New Zealand has to offer, it is a significant honour to win,” Mr Laws concluded.

The 2011 finalists were Mark Sumich (NZ), Michael Fenn (SA), Andrew North (NZ), Charlie Powell (NSW) & Adrian Butera (VIC).

Included among the recent winners of the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championship are:

  • 2010 Jason Andrew (QLD)
  • 2009 Phil McGoldrick (NZ)
  • 2008 Mark Sumich (NZ)
  • 2007 Mark Sumich (NZ)
  • 2006 Scott Kennedy-Green (NSW)
  • 2005 Justin Long (VIC).
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