When you’re just starting out, it takes a lot of courage to stand in front of crowd and conduct an auction. But that’s just what 11 budding auctioneers did at this year’s REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition State Final.
Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s State Final for accepting the challenge and demonstrating their professionalism and spirit. But there could only be one winner …
Jake Downs wowed the judges with his flawless presentation and ability to connect with the crowd to take out this year’s State Final and be crowned the 2016 REINSW Novice Auctioneers Competition State Champion.
“It’s a huge buzz to be able to say I’m the State Champion,” Jake said. “I’ve never been the State Champion of anything! I’m really thrilled.”
Jake kicked off his real estate career in 1994 when he completed an Honours degree in Land Economics. After spending a number of years building a successful career as a presenter, MC and voiceover artist for radio and TV commercials, he’s returned to the industry to pursue a career as an auctioneer.
Now working as an auctioneer at auctionWORKS, Jake says auctioneering combines two of his biggest passions – property and performing. “I just love auctioneering because I get to perform. With auctioneering, it’s showtime.
“I’m incredibly fortunate to have been personally trained and mentored by some of the best auctioneers in industry and I know what a step up winning the Novice Auctioneers Competition is as I build my career.”