Local auctioneer wins Tennessee state championship

photo Steve Holt runs an auction of construction and farm equipment in Soddy-Daisy. Holt recently won the Tennessee Auctioneers Association's bid-calling championship.

STEVEN W. HOLTHometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.Occupation: Auctioneer/co-owner of Compass Auctions and Real Estate on Cherokee Boulevard.Years in business: 25.Hobbies: Motorcycle riding, fishing.Family: Wife Paige is also an auctioneer; three children: Kali, Jace and Laci.People would be surprised to know: In normal conversation, I talk pretty slow. Most people are surprised to find out what I do for a living.

Steven Holt comes from a family of fast talkers.

He, his father and brother are all successful auctioneers, the younger Holts having brought home the title of Colorado State Champion Auctioneer three times.

Holt's talent for the talk, called chanting, recently won him top honors from the Tennessee Auctioneers Association.