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Perseverance and Patience Payoff for Memphis Auctioneer

Terri Walker Wins International Auctioneers Championship Title

Overland Park, Kan., July 29, 2009 - The walls of Walker Auctions in Memphis, Tennessee are adorned with three 2nd runner-up and three 1st runner-up International Auctioneer Championship (IAC) Women's Division trophies. Terri Walker, CAI, BAS, CES earned the centerpiece to her collection by winning the 2009 IAC Women's Division Championship trophy on Friday, July 18, 2009 at the 60th annual International Auctioneers Conference and Show in Overland Park, Kan.

For Terri, this year's competition was her ninth attempt at the prestigious title and the win was not only humbling, but also rewarding. Twenty-four women competed in this year’s competition. Camille Booker of Richland, WA and Regina Andrijeski of Curtis, NE joined Terri in the winner's circle. Ms. Booker earned the title of 1st runner-up, followed by Ms. Andrijeski who earned 2nd runner-up honors.

As the 2009 Women’s Division IAC Champion, Terri receives a $10,000 cash prize, trophy, and championship ring. Terri will join fellow IAC Men’s Division Champion, Kevin Borger of Hutchinson, Kan. as spokespeople for the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) over the next year.

"It is rewarding to spend your life doing something you love and it is even more rewarding to be awarded for it." said Terri.

A graduate of Missouri Auction School, Terri is a second generation auctioneer. Her father, Bob Turnage, started the family business in Hayti, Missouri. Terri and her husband, Lance Walker, own and operate Walker Auctions in Memphis, TN. Their firm specializes in real estate, benefit and estate auctions. An Auctioneer and REALTOR®, Terri holds the CAI, BAS and CES designation. Terri is currently the 1st Year Advisor for CAI and a BAS instructor. Prior to becoming an Auctioneer, Terri taught for 12 years and holds a bachelors and masters degree in education.