Steve Hunt - Attended Reisch Auction College in Mason City Iowa in 1981, and has been a Full-time Auctioneer since the age of 20. Steve grew up in farm country in Illinois, but moved to the Chicago area to work at local Auto Auctions, apprenticing at Estate Auction Houses, and selling conventional Real Estate.
In 1988, Steve moved to Grand Junction Colorado, and started The Auction Team with his father and brother and other partners. Over the next 20 years, Steve bought out partners, expanded the business to the entire "Rocky Mountain Region", and began selling "Absolute" real estate auctions with huge successes back in the early 1990's. He sold his business in 2008, and spent the next few years mentoring, and consulting other auctioneers and auction companies. He also spent a great deal of time as a court appointed Guardian, and Executor for local elderly people and estates, and was a USPAP qualified Appraiser.
Steve has been very involved with the Auction industry, and their associations and education. He holds a CAI & AARE designation thru the NAA, and has been a Broker/Realtor since 1986. Steve and his company have conducted in more then 1,000 individual auctions, and have sold in excess of 100 million dollars in real estate / equipment / estate properties in the past 35 years.
Steve has held a number of positions in his auction career, including Secretary/Treasurer, Director, 2006 President and 2007 & 2008 Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Auctioneer's Association. Steve was also appointed as a Education Trustee for the National Auctioneers Association in 2008. His duties in this 4 year appointment included helping run the CAI designation program, and deciding on educational programs and continuing eduction for auctioneers across the country.
Steve and his wife Lesley purchased a "vacation" home in Burnt Store Marina in 2011 in anticipation of a move here once Lesley's job as Assistant Superintendent of the local school district in expired 2 years. They moved to Florida full-time in 2013, and enjoy golfing. boating, and traveling. Never wanting to be "retired" in their 50's, Steve and Lesley sell real estate conventionally, and will be working on special Real Estate / Estate Auction projects in the near future.