“And I SOLD it!” My first belt buckle came from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, where I completed a 10 day course in order to become a certified auctioneer during my junior year of High School (2015). I was motivated to go to WWCA by my dad, Terry Hoenig, who had completed the course two years prior and took me along with him to his auctions. I was soon addicted to the thrill of auctioneering. The speed, excitement, and competitiveness got my heart pounding.
The February after I graduated WWCA I competed in my first contest at the Iowa Auctioneers Association Conference, taking home second place in the rookie division. That same year I attended the International Junior Auctioneer Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I received second place. For me, talking fast and breaking down numbers was just a hobby and fun party trick, but later became a career and passion. From small town school cake auctions to big city charity galas, I was taking all the work I could get. This was only the beginning of my career in the auction industry. During these contests I made connections with Mr. Myers Jackson from DIY Network's Texas Flip and Move. I found myself in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas filming a few episodes with Myers during my Senior year of high school. This is where Myers and the crew gave me the name “America's Fast Talkin Sweetheart”.
I was used to being on stage and speaking in front of others, but let me tell you, being in front of a camera is a new game! I can’t lie, it took me a few days filming to get used to it. A few months after the episodes aired I started working on my Agricultural Management Degree at our local community college. During the first semester I got a call from Flip and Move Productions inquiring about starting a new series, Louisiana Flip and Move. Arrangements were made and New Orleans was calling my name! During my first film weekend I got to experience Mardi Gras on the streets of Baton Rouge, and it was just like the movies. Big costumes, parades of color and lights, and lots of music!
Juggling school, work, farm duties, and flights every other week was a bit crazy but well worth it! I was able to venture to new places, meet great people, and build relationships to last a lifetime. This opportunity and skill opened many doors for me in ways I didn’t think possible. I have had the honor of raising money for great organizations such as the Iowa Children's Hospital, Future Farmers of America, and Ducks Unlimited. I also have worked with schools and institutes to raise funds for their current and future students that will be the next leaders of the world we live in. I would have to say the most rewarding time to sell is when I know the money raised will go to an organization, person, or family in need. There is no better feeling than a room full of people who care about the same thing, have the same goal, and have a great time reaching it. When you can feel the love, laughter, encouragement, and heart in the room, that’s when I know I have done my job. Not only is it an honor to be a part of something so rewarding, but it truly makes you appreciate life in itself.