Locally Grown: Kyle Brunick

Interviews with South Dakotans finding success outside their college major by Kyle Hallberg.

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Recent graduate from the University of South Dakota, Kyle Brunick, was never shy when it came to talking with others, or talking at all. Known for his loud and proud presence, Brunick decided to put it to good use, which just so happened to coincide with a life long dream of his. Auctioneering. While he was finishing up his Business degree at the U, Brunick found himself applying to auctioneer schools, looking for something that differed from the norm.

Now, after graduation from both USD and auctioneer school, Brunick is busy at work, holding onto his Business degree, while traveling around the state for auctions on the weekends. Brunick sat down with me and explained to process of auctioneering, while talking about the balance between conventional and non-conventional school.

What did you go to college for?

Kyle Brunick: I went to the University of South Dakota for Business Management. It was the last semester at USD when I didn’t really know what I wanted to with my future. So I enrolled into auctioneer school which is called Western College of Auctioneering. I enrolled in February and went in June.

While you were going through USD, did you have any ideas at all about a future career?

KB: Well back in high school I wanted to go to auctioneer school and become an auctioneer. I knew at some point I would actually go, but I didn’t know it would be this soon. I figured since I had just gotten out of college it would be a good idea. It really was always a dream of mine and a goal of mine to go to auctioneer school. I looked up schools for auctioneering and found that the Western College of Auctioneering was the one that I thought I would do best at.

What pulled you towards being an auctioneer?

KB: Just that it is such a unique profession. People had told me that I wouldn’t be able to do the chant or talk that fast. I worked really hard on my chants, and speaking with a lot of diction and pronunciation – that way people could understand what I am saying, and I practice a lot on my rhythm and pace.

Wow, I guess I never realized how much time and practice when into it. That’s really cool- I always envy the people I see on TV shows.

KB: Yeah, it’s definitely an interesting profession to watch.

So, did you have to study or test to get into school.

KB: Well, there were two tests and an auction bill that were graded during our time at the college.

Can you explain what an auction bill is?

KB: It would be what is being sold at the auction location, along with the time of the auction.You can also have a time where people can look at the merchandise.

Did you study for these while you were still finishing up your classes at USD?

KB: No.We were at auctioneer school for two weeks, where we studied and had class from 7:30 a.m. to 6 or 8 at night.

And where was your school located?

KB: Billings, Montana. I had never been there before, which contributed to my decision to go there, instead of other schools.

Montana seems like the perfect place to learn about auctions. How did your family and friends feel about your change in academic course?

KB: They have been very supportive. They just came out to support me at my latest auction.It’s such a great feeling to have their support. I actually have another one in Trent coming up.

You are really diving into it, then. Do you have a favorite type of auction?

KB: Well there are cattle auctions, estate auctions, benefit auctions and farm auctions. I’d have to say I really enjoy estate and farm auctions, since that’s all I’ve done so far. But I would really like to get into benefit auctions. I want to be able to auctions anything, make a career out of it and to just keep getting offers.

Whether Brunick is crunching sales numbers or spewing off cattle numbers, there is an obvious sense of dedication that he puts forth towards his work. Brunick continues to find offers and make a name for himself, while never settling for the last thing, but always searching for the next best thing. We are sure to see Brunick’s name at the top of the list for benefit auctioneers in the very near future.

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