From the fashion runway to the auction block, Camille Booker is familiar with the pressure of being in the spotlight.
Earlier this month, the Kennewick woman took center stage before hundreds of auctioneers, competing in her seventh International Auctioneer Championship contest and was crowned champion.
Created in 1988, the annual competition sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association allows the world's top male and female bid-calling auctioneers the chance to compete for the world title.
Sixty-six men and 17 women competed this year in Orlando, Fla. They were judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, interview answers and other performance elements of effective auctioneering.
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The winners are considered by industry professionals to be the best bid-calling auctioneers in the world.
As a third-generation auctioneer, joining the family business was not always in Camille's career plans.
As a teen, Booker, now 29, worked as a fashion model and considered pursuing that profession.
Booker Auction Company was established in 1980 by her father and grandfather, and she spent much of her childhood helping with the business.
She attended Reppert School of Auctioneering when she was 16, but it wasn't until she was attending the University of Washington that she realized she enjoyed helping people as an auctioneer. After graduating in 2004, she joined the family business full time.
Booker conducts auctions throughout the inland Northwest. The auction company has offices in Eltopia, Colfax and Wenatchee and specializes in farm machinery, industrial/commercial equipment, real estate and business liquidation auctions.
She also conducts several benefit auctions throughout the year for charities in the Northwest.
Winning the crown in Orlando was particularly meaningful to her. In 2002, her grandfather, D.L. Booker, was inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame at the association's conference in Orlando.
The Booker family is very competitive when it comes to bid-calling contests. Booker's uncle, C.D. "Butch" Booker of Colfax, won the contest in 2008.
Her younger sister, Chantel Booker, competed against her in this year's preliminaries and her brother, Austin Booker, also competed and advanced to the finals in the men's division.
Joseph Mast of Millersburg, Ohio, was the men's division champion. Together they will serve as spokesmen and ambassadors for the quarter-trillion-dollar auction industry.