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United Country Auctioneer Named Finalist of the 2010 International Auctioneer Championship

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United Country Auctioneer Named Finalist of the 2010 International Auctioneer Championship
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July 28, 2010 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Peter D. Gehres, CAI, CES, auctioneer with United Country – Gryphon Realty & Auction Group, was a finalist in Men's Division of the 2010 International Auctioneer Championship (IAC).

The contest featured 58 contestants from 29 states and Ireland and was held in July as part of the 61st National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show in Greensboro, N.C. The contest is the most competitive and high profile auctioneer contest in the world and is judged by an expert panel of both auctioneers and auction industry executives. Contestants are judged on bid calling skill, stage presence, poise and industry knowledge.

Gehres is first-generation auctioneer who specializes in selling both personal property and real estate at auction for clients in Ohio and the Midwest.  Earlier this year Gehres won the 2010 Michigan Auctioneer Championship and in early August he will compete in the Ohio Bid Calling Contest at The Ohio State Fair. Gehres is the co-founder for The Super Auction, a unique biannual event that brings together auction companies from across the Midwest for an exposition of American Auctioneering. He is also the Executive Director of The Auctioneer Channel, a video sharing, educational and networking website for the auction industry.

“We’re extremely proud of Peter,” said Rich Kruse, auctioneer and president of United Country – Gryphon Realty & Auction Group. “He is an outstanding auctioneer, a motivated professional and an incredible addition to our team.”

More information about Gehres and United Country – Gryphon Realty & Auction Group is available by calling 614-885-0020, e-mailing rfk@gryphonusa.com or visiting www.ucohioauctions.com

United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated franchise network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports more than 600 offices across the U.S. and in Costa Rica with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 1,100 separate sites), seven proprietary real estate catalogs with a cumulative distribution of 1.5 million readers, an extensive, current buyer database and national advertising of properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has been recognized by Dun and Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate franchises.

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