Mike Jones, CAI, GPPA, BAS President/School Director, Dallas, Texas
An Auctioneer since 1978, Mr. Jones is the founder of America’s Auction Academy and President of United Country Auction Services. He is the first member of the National Auctioneers Association to obtain the “Triple Crown of the National Auctioneers Association” by being named the 1998 International Auctioneer Champion, (IAC), serving as the 2004-05 NAA president and being inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame in 2012. He also attained the Texas “Texas Triple Crown” as a member of the Texas Auctioneers Association. Jones currently serves as the President of the National Auctioneers Foundation (NAF). A Texas real estate broker and REALTOR, Mr. Jones is a 1978 graduate of the Missouri Auction School, 1993 CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) graduate at Indiana University and holds the GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) and BAS (Benefit Auction Specialist) designations.
Mr. Jones attended North Texas State University and Cooke County College. He is a past presiding officer and board member of the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) Auctioneers Education Advisory Board. Mr. Jones has conducted over 3000 auctions and served as a court ordered receiver and provided expert testimony for major law firms. The award winning auctioneer has conducted educational seminars in over 30 states and was the keynote speaker at the 2003 South African Institute of Auctioneers Convention. Mr. Jones will help students develop their auctioneer chant, contract auctions, learn auction marketing and manage their overall company operations in a professional and ethical manner.
Cheri Boots-Sutton, Frisco, Texas
An Auctioneer since 1989, Ms. Cheri Boots-Sutton has accomplished a great deal while becoming one of the best auctioneers in the nation. She is the 2012 World Automobile Auctioneer Champion, 1999 International Auctioneer Champion (IAC) – Women’s Division, 2001 All Around World Women’s Champion Auctioneer. The owner of her own auction service and a real estate sales person, Ms. Boots-Sutton is recognized as one of the nation’s best auto auctioneers. She conducts many fundraising auctions throughout the year. Ms. Boots-Sutton is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School, member of the National Auctioneers Association and Missouri, Illinois and Texas Auctioneers Associations. She is known for her award winning bid calling abilities and inspiring story of how she found success in the auction professional despite a challenging home life as a single mother of four in a predominately male profession.
Phillip Braun, Midlothian, Texas
A San Antonio native, Mr. Phillip Braun is an auto auction specialist and longtime employee of Manheim Dallas-Automobile Auction, a division of Manheim Auto Auctions. After completing his education at Southwest Texas State University, Mr. Braun entered the auto industry as an auto sales representative for Hertz Corporation using the auction method of marketing. After a successful career with Hertz, he joined Manheim Auctions in 1998 working in numerous roles for the company including Factory Accounts Manager, Fleet Lease Manager, Fleet Lease Sales Manager, Total Resource Auction Manager, Commercial Accounts and Arbitration Manager. In 2003, he graduated from the America’s Auction Academy and soon thereafter started Piptex Auctions, his own auction company. In 2005, he helped launch Manheim’s 1st Total Resource Auction in Dallas. Mr. Braun will teach students about the auto auction process and give them a behind the scenes view of how Manheim has set and maintains the industry standard for buying and selling used vehicles at live auctions and online. Mr. Braun is a proud member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA), National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and National Auto Auction Association (NAAA). He is a proud supporter of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and works for many philanthropic groups throughout the year.
Trey Gallaway, Belton, Texas
Mr. Trey Gallaway began auctioneering in 1998 after attending the America’s Auction Academy in Dallas, Texas. He is a contract auctioneer for Manheim Metro Dallas, Manheim DFW, Manheim Dallas and Manheim Mobile Specialty auctions. For the past seven years, Trey has been the top seller and top dollar volume producer for Pro Financial, Inc., at Manheim’s Dallas Auto Auction, producing over $70 million a year in sales. Gallaway is co-founder of Central Texas Auction Services, LLC that specializes in farm/ranch, estates, business liquidations, and real estate auctions. Gallaway also owns and operates several other businesses located in Belton, Texas, including 3 T Sales, Central Texas Bad Boy Mowers and MTV’s, and Gallaway Investments, LLC. Mr. Gallaway has starred as the auctioneer on Discovery Channels Texas Car Wars television show. Gallaway is the 2013 World Champion Automobile Auctioneer and the 2010 Texas State Champion Auctioneer. He is a member of the Texas Auctioneers Association (TAA), National Auctioneers Association (NAA), and World Automobile Professional Auctioneers Association (WAPAA). Gallaway currently serves on the TAA Board of Directors. He has been honored with the TAA Leadership Award. He provides auctioneer services to benefit many local organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Children’s Advocacy Center for Central Texas, PMD Foundation, United Way, Belton Education Foundation, Weatherford Education Foundation, and local youth booster clubs.
Michael L. Rogers, CAI, AARE, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Mr. Rogers, a graduate of the America’s Auction Academy has been very successful as an auctioneer since returning from auction school in 1993. He also graduated from North Carolina State University in 1993 with a degree in business management. Mr. Rogers is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina. A graduate of the Certified Auctioneers Institute, he also holds the prestigious AARE (Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate) designation. Mr. Rogers owns and operates United Country-Rogers Auctioneers and is co-owner of Maple Ridge Farms. After a distinguished career as a high school teacher and DECA sponsor, the national award winning Rogers turned his attention full time to his auctioneering career. In 2000, he was recognized as Chatam County Citizen of the Year. A real estate broker, Rogers has conducted all types of auctions and in the mid nineties founded an annual consignment auction of antique farm tractors, implements and steam driven engines in Denton, North Carolina that he still conducts today. Considered an expert in the area of marketing and advertising, his company specializes in real estate, estate auctions and consignment sales.
Richard Schur, CAI, MPPA ,CMEA, BAS, Monument, Colorado
Rich Schur is the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) and Lead Auctioneer for United Country-Schur Success Realty & Auction, based in Monument, Colorado. He graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2005, was the 2006 Colorado Rookie Champion Auctioneer and 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer. He is a Past President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Auctioneers Association. Mr. Schur has also served as a Director and Board member for Training, Human Resources and Civic organizations across the country. He has earned his CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute), BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist), and MPPA (Master Personal Property Appraiser) designations through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). He has also earned his CMEA (Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser) through the NEBB Institute, and his SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) from the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a staff instructor for the National Auctioneers Association teaching designation courses, workshops, and has taught at state conventions and national conferences. Mr. Schur has a Master’s degree in Continuing Adult Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Training and Education. Prior to becoming an auctioneer, Rich worked in the Law Enforcement and Higher Education fields.
W. Scott Swenson, CAI, GPPA, Austin, Texas
An Auctioneer since 1983, Mr. Swenson is one of the remaining two original instructors at the America’s Auction Academy. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Britten Auction Academy. Mr. Swenson is a member and past Director of the National Auctioneers Association and Past President of the Texas Auctioneers Association. The 1992 Texas State Champion Auctioneer is a four-time finalist in the International Auctioneers Championship. He received his CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) designation in 1993. Swenson is President of United Country-Jones Swenson Auction Marketing. A real estate broker and personal property appraiser, he is licensed in eleven states and is approved to conduct auctions for the US Bankruptcy Court. Swenson has been a technical advisor for many well known movies and has conducted movie prop liquidation auctions. His company specializes in the sale of real estate, business liquidations, industrial and commercial assets and benefit auctions. Mr. Swenson will work with students on their bid calling, auction preparation, clerking as well as organizing and managing an auction business.
Shawn Terrel, CAI, AARE, Smithville, Missouri
Mr. Shawn Terrel, CAI, AARE is Vice President of United Country Auction Services. He received his CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) designation in 2004 and his AARE (Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate) designation in 2001. Mr. Terrel is a graduate of the America’s Auction Academy and Missouri Auction School. Conducting over 1,400 career auctions, he is recognized as an industry leader in broadcasting auctions via live internet simulcasts. A member and past Director of the National Auctioneers Association, he is a Past Chairman, President and Director of the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association. Mr. Terrel is the 2006 Oklahoma State Champion Auctioneer and has competed in the International Auctioneer Championship. He has worked as a contract auctioneer selling all types of real estate, agricultural & heavy equipment, industrial & manufacturing plants, and oil and gas assets. Mr. Terrel will teach our students about auction technology, online auctions and the auctioneers chant.
B.H. Wooley, CAI, Little Rock, Arkansas
Mr. Wooley is President of United Country-Wooley Auctioneers and is a second generation Auctioneer with more than 30 years of auction experience on the local, regional and national levels. Wooley has served as Chairman of the Arkansas Auctioneers Licensing Board for many years. He is Past President, of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association, Past Director, Member and Hall of Fame members. Wooley served as a Director on the National Auctioneers Association Board of Directors and as the Presiding Officer of the National Auctioneer License Law Officials Association. Wooley received his CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) designation at Indiana University in 1987 and his real estate broker’s license in l982. Mr. Wooley will bring his lifetime knowledge of the auction profession to the classroom teaching students about conducting business liquidations and government auctions. Wooley works with students on their breathing techniques and with his extensive background in the area of auction laws and rules, will discuss the importance of ethical behavior and how to operate your auction company more professionally.
Special Guest Lecturers & Speakers:
Craig D. Meier, 2007 World Auto Auctioneer Champion and 2007 Team Champion
Angelia S. Meier, 2007 International Ringman Champion and 2007 World Auto Auction Team Champion
Mike Brandly, CAI, AARE, Groveport, Ohio
Kris Kennedy, Auction Flex, Ocala, Florida
Barrett Bray, 2018 International Auctioneer Champion
Morgan Hopson, 2019 International Auctioneer Champion
In Memoriam: Dear Friends We Miss
Miles Thomas Autry
Miles Thomas Autry, 1952-2011, was a past president and Hall of Fame member of the Texas Auctioneers Association, and a past Texas State Champion Auctioneer. He was serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the TAA at the time of his death. Miles was a very successful auctioneer and appraiser and proud alum of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. He owned and operated Miles Autry Auctioneers in Garland, TX. He will be sorely missed.
Rocky Lee Strickland, CAI, BAS
Rocky Lee Strickland, CAI, BAS, 1950-2007, was very active board member of the Texas Auctioneers Association and was former Mayor Pro-Tem of Lancaster, Texas. Rocky was one of our most popular and energetic instructors. He was a great instructor, great auctioneer and a dear friend. Rocky proudly owned and operated The Auction Block in Lancaster, TX. He will be missed!
Jack Van Ogle, CAI
Jack Van Ogle, CAI, 1929-2012, was a past president and Hall of Fame member of the Texas Auctioneers Association, a former NAA Director and a TX Senior Bid Calling Champion. Jack was one of our original seven instructors. He owned and operated Ogle Auction & Realty in Greenville, TX until his retirement. Jack was a proud U.S. Marine, an accomplished Auctioneer, excellent horseman and renowned cowboy poet. He will be missed.