Just a little about us.
Meet the owners, David, and Liz Drake; they will personally handle your assets professionally and ethically. Our mission is to provide transparency to buyers and sellers. This marketing team has over 35 years of auction marketing experience. David and Liz recently completed a three-year education course, Texas Certified Auction Professionals. Believing education brings value to our company and keeps us competitive in today’s marketplace is what we are about. We have the marketing team structure of a small local Mom & Pop shop.
David F. Drake, CAI, CES, GPPA, TCAP TaL#16244
- Principal Lead Auctioneer
- FFL License Holder Type 01 Dealer in Firearms
Elizabeth Monteson Drake, CAI, ATS, GPPA, TCAP TAL#16596
- Vice President
- Auctioneer and Marketing Manager
- Texas Notary
What do those letters after an auctioneer’s name mean?
The letters behind the auctioneer’s name indicate the education acquired by the auctioneer. Auction companies are the only retail businesses required to have a license to operate in Texas. Estate sale companies and resale shops or retailers must not be licensed.
We continue our education to promote and market our auctions for our clients. We believe knowledge is essential to continue to grow personally and professionally.
Here is a short explanation of our marketing team designations and certifications
Certified Auctioneer Institute = CAI
CAI is the professional designation awarded to auctioneers who meet the experience, education, and ethical standards set by the NAA Education Institute. Auctioneers must attend all three years of CAI at Indiana University. This course has been referred to by many as the Masters of Auctioneering. Click here for more info about CAI.
Auction Technology Specialist = ATS
A professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute helps professional auctioneers understand today’s technology-based and traditional marketing. To achieve the ATS designation, an auctioneer must complete 24 classroom hours. And provide a custom auction summary report based on knowledge from the designation course, hold online-only auctions, and 24 hours of continuing education every three years.
Certified Estate Specialist = CES
The CES professional designation awarded by the NAA Education Institute helps professional auctioneers understand how to conduct and deal with estates settling properly. To earn this designation, the auctioneer must complete 21 classroom hours and 24 hours of continuing education every three years—more information about CES.
Graduate Personal Property Appraiser = GPPA
NAA Education Institute awards this professional designation to qualified property appraisers who meet the education and experience requirements of the Institute. They must also adhere to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice set forth by the NAA. To be designated with the GPPA, auctioneers must complete 40 classroom hours. And provide a detailed written report. Click here for more info about GPPA.
Texas Certified Auction Professional = TCAP
Auctioneers offer this professional certification to enhance their business and professional services to the public. Courses cover business management, marketing, and operations. Top-notch auction industry leaders are presenting classes covering topics to enhance our business and personal lives. This is especially different and challenging in this global marketplace. Now more than ever, how and where we conduct auctions have changed. Read more about TCAP Certification here.
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Need Assistance Navigating the Online Auction Catalog?
If you need assistance bidding or registering for an auction, call Auctioneer Liz Drake for help with “how-to” basics. Liz is the tech member of our marketing team structure. She will show you how to use our free mobile app. She can explain how the software works in the new world of online auctions. The number one rule is remembering to read the terms and conditions. This is great advice for any type of auction, live or online.