Calvin Ogren, who has run Ogren’s Auctions the past 18 years, was named Auctioneer of the Year by the California State Auctioneers Association about six weeks ago.
Ogren said he was selected by a panel of three judges who took into account the sound quality of his auctioneering and if they would hire him as an auctioneer.
Born in Idaho, Ogren grew up in Stockton. He took over the family business from his uncle 18 years ago and moved the business from Stockton to Lodi five years ago. The family has owned Ogren’s Auctions since 1952.
“It’s the second-oldest profession in the world,” Ogren said of auctioneering. “And it’s the second-biggest online.”
Ogren said he has no other hobbies, nor has he any desire to escape the pressures of auctioneering. He likes the work and the people, whether it be people in the industry or customers.
“That’s all I do — I live and breathe auctions,” he said. “It kind of gets in your blood.”
Ogren conducts about five auctions a month, including two more this year.
“I have probably six estates ready to be here.”
Ogren’s family includes his girlfriend, Denise Rinaldi; a son, Shawn Ogren, an auctioneer who runs the family’s online operations; and a stepson, Anthony.
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