INDIANAPOLIS, IN- Second generation auctioneer Darin Lawson, of Carmel, IN, became one of the youngest members to be inducted into the Indiana Auctioneers Association’s (IAA) Hall of Fame at the group’s convention held November 4-6 at the Holiday Inn conference center in Columbus, IN. Only 60 auctioneers have been inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame since 1971.
Lawson, 46, was encouraged by his father, Tom Lawson, 2001 IAA Hall of Fame recipient, to attend auction school in 1989, attending Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, and joining the family business in 1990. He won the Indiana Bid-Calling Championship in 1994, earned the CAI (Certified, Auctioneers Institute) designation in 1996, and served 8 years on the IAA board of directors, including as President in 2003. Prior to attending auction school, Lawson received his B.S. in Journalism from Ball State University in 1987.
He has recently completed a purchase of Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc., in Carmel, a regional auction company specializing in fine art, decorative arts, fine jewelry and antiques. Lawson is also a licensed real estate broker and sells select real property via the auction method of marketing.
Lawson and his wife, Angela, reside in Carmel, and she is Auction Administrator at Wickliff. Darin was instrumental in organizing fundraisers for Riley Hospital Foundation during his tenure on the IAA board, helping raise tens of thousands of dollars for the cause. He now consults with philanthropic organizations and conducts several black-tie auction events each year.
The Indiana Auctioneers Association is one of the country’s largest professional organizations of auctioneers, providing education, promoting ethical behavior among auctioneers, seeking favorable change within the profession and advancing the auction marketing concept as a dynamic and effective means of marketing assets. More information about the IAA can be found at www.indianaauctioneers.org, or by calling 317-859-8990.