Here we are, as I write this it a month before Christmas and another year is just about over. It has been an interesting year of change for myself. I retired from my career with the Royal Bank after 35 years. They did hire me back on a contract to do some work in agriculture banking but the change has given the opportunity to do more auctioneering and that has been a welcome change.
Overall it has been a good year despite the economic headwinds in the province. Oil prices have increased somewhat. It looks like drilling activity will pick up next year. Farmers throughout the province had challenges getting the crop off but thanks to great weather in November significant progress was made. People generally seem to be adjusting to the new reality and we continue to move forward.
As far association news goes, there is no word to date on the results of the AMVIC review initiated by the Minister of Service Alberta. We should hear something in January. The education committee has revamped Auctions 101 and 201 courses. These will be presented on January 26 just before the convention.
Speaking of the convention, the committee is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the 2017 event. The convention is January 26 to 28, 2017 at the Black Knight Inn, Red Deer. It is great opportunity to learn and improve your knowledge, socialize and have some fun. One of the highlights of this year will be Sam “the Hitman” Grasso. Sam is auctioneer and ringman from Maryland and will presenting a ringman seminar. Having had the opportunity to speak to him on the phone, it should be a very interesting presentation. The convention is also a way of getting involved in the industry and having a say in what happens with the association. We hope to see you all there!
This association exists to serve the needs of its members. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions please get in touch with me or Lorraine in the office.
Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and all the very best for 2017.
John Arnold, President – Auctioneers Association of Alberta.