As the time comes for the Marts the Heart 2019 Awards to launch, we revisted the 2018 winners to hear how they found the process and benefited from the experience.
2018 AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR - RUSSELL STEER
How did it feel to be nominated?
It was a great honour to have been nominated for Auctioneer of the Year for the second year running. It felt like a real achievement to be nominated alongside the other four very worthy candidates.
Did you nominate yourself or a client/customer do it? How did you encourage everyone to nominate?
I have no idea who nominated me, I’m still hoping to find out who it was one day!
Does your mart regularly get involved with Marts the Heart?
As a firm of auctioneers we hadn’t previously been involved with Marts the Heart before my nomination in 2017 and then to have both James Morrish and myself nominated last year was just a fair accolade for any firm of auctioneers, especially Kivells based down here in the West Country.
How did you encourage people to vote for you?
Once nominated we encouraged people to vote by putting a piece in our market report and having some voting slips on the front desk for customers to complete and then we posted them weekly. We also did a bit of social media advertising and the local paper ran a piece on the three nominees in this area which all helped.
How did it feel to win?
Fantastic! As I hadn’t been pushing as hard for votes as some others I never