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Williamstown auctioneer recognized as best of best

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Randy Moore was a man looking for a career change when he was 42 years old and that’s when he went back to his first love.
Now his fast talking ways have earned him top honors as Auctioneer of the Month in 2011 and 2013, as Auctioneer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and a Top 10 Auctioneer in Kentucky in 2013 by the Kentucky Auctioneers Association.

“As a little boy I loved to go to auctions,” Moore said. “My dad owned the Falmouth Stockyards and I went every Thursday and would sit with the auctioneer and learned to chant by watching and listening.”
Moore spent 25 years working as an auto parts manager and 18 as an aerial equipment rental manager, before switching gears 23 years ago to become a personal property appraiser, auctioneer and part time farmer.

In 1994, he was named Junior Champion Auctioneer followed by accolades as the 1998 World’s Largest Chicken Festival Champion Auctioneer, the 2001 Grant County Extension Man of the Year, the 2002 4-H/FFA Sale of Champion Man of the Year, 2004 Grant County Cattlemen of the Year and in 2009 was inducted into the KAA Hall of Fame.

He’s served as the KAA president and as a KAA director from 2003 to now.
Moore, who co-owns Kannady and Moore Auctions in Williamstown, is married to Martha Moore. They couple has two sons and five grandchildren.

He started out as an apprentice auctioneer with Jim Kannady. When Kannday retired, Moore and Kannady’s son, Steve, took over the business.
“Jim taught us that if we’re going to sell something, we need to touch it and know what is in the boxes before we get rid of them,” Moore said.
While sale day may look easy, Moore said there’s a lot of preparation that goes into an auction such as looking at the sales items in advance, writing up estimates and then moving and organizing it for the auction.

Last year, Moore said he held about 45 auctions in the area.
“The 90s were good for auctions, but in 2007 it went downhill and things just don’t bring the amount of money they used to,” Moore said.
For example, marble top tables could bring several hundred dollars prior to the country’s economic recession in 2007, but now may be lucky to bring $100,  Moore said.

In 2012, Kannady and Moore opened an auction barn on Mill Street in Williamstown.
“There were people who were down sizing and didn’t have a place to have an auction so it isn’t feasible for them to pay up to $800 to rent a place to have an auction so we opened the auction barn,” Moore said.

Moore is a self-described collector and often buys items from an auction that make their way to his home.
“I love old stuff,” he said. “Auctions have old stuff, as well as stuff that is unique and interesting.”

Kanndy and Moore has a staff of eight part-time employees.
His business philosophy has been to treat others stuff like it was his.
“I enjoy helping people get rid of things they don’t want anymore,” he said.
Moore also donates time to charity auctions such as the Grant County 4-H/FFA Sale of

Champions held during the Grant County Fair. He’s been auctioneering at the event for 20 years, as well as holding similar auctions in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
He also conducts charity auctions for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kentucky State Police, Parks and Recreation Surplus Auctions, National Turkey Federation Auctions in Northern Kentucky and the Camp Northward and St. Celia charity auctions and the Grant County Cattlemen’s Cattle Auction.

Moore is a member of Sherman Church of Christ where he’s been a deacon and board member, a member of the Grant County Cattlemen and 4-H council member.