Des Plewman graduated from the Auctioneering Institute of Canada in 1987.
As a young auctioneer, Des enjoyed competing in auctioneering competitions. He keenly observed the best traits of his fellow competitors and carefully honed his craft. Listed below are some of his many awards and recognition at provincial and inter-provincial auctioneering championships, including winning the Canadian Auctioneering National Championship in 2002.
- Grain Millers Harvest Showdown 2010 Auctioneer Champion
- 2002 – Canadian National Auctioneer Champion
- 1997 & 2000 – Manitoba/Saskatchewan Auctioneer Champion
- 1998 Canadian Livestock Reserve Champion
- 1993 to 2002 – Top 10 finalist at the International Livestock Auctioneer, Calgary Stampede
- 1993 Manitoba Auctioneering Champion.