Walter saw John’s natural ability in the bid-calling aspect of auctioneering and started to encourage him to seriously consider the profession. Water believed that with John’s corporate business knowledge and experience in the construction area, he would make a highly successful auctioneer.
Having attended only one auction (a pure-bred cattle auction) in his life prior to auction school, John found the idea far-fetched. However, Walter was relentless as he continued to encourage John to practice and even convinced him to attend the Texas Auctioneers Association’s Convention. Within three months out of auction school, John was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion Bid Calling trophy in 1981.
From that exposure, John began doing contract work for auctioneers all over the state, which he still does today. Eventually, he set up his own auction business and has never stopped learning. John believes in continuing education and is constantly trying to better himself and his company.