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RICHARD (RICH) RANFT, CAI, GPPA, AARE, AMM is president of Beloit Auction & Realty. He not only oversees the company but is an integral part of the day-to-day business.

Raised in an Auction family, Rich brings a heritage of enthusiasm for the Auction method of marketing to both personal property and real estate Auctions.

An Auctioneer since 1975, he is a long-time member of the National and Wisconsin Auctioneers Associations and is a past director of the WAA. He’s a firm advocate for continuing education and stays on the cutting edge of industry innovations. He is a Real Estate broker and court appointed personal property appraiser.

Pat Ranft
PAT RANFT
Rich’s wife and business partner, Pat is a Rockford College graduate and was a teacher as well as a retail store owner prior to joining her husband in the auction business in 1980. She heads the office, clerks auctions on their computerized system and enjoys marketing events for clients.

She met Rich at – where else – an auction! Rich and Pat are proud grandparents of two – Joe and Libby.

Tonya Frye
TONYA FRYE
Having joined the Beloit Auction & Realty team in 2006, Tonya came with a 17-year background in conventional real estate and real estate appraisal business.

A strong advocate for selling Real Estate through the auction method, Tonya is a multi-talented lady. She performs much of the administrative office work, assists with listing properties, does open houses, and handles many of the daily calls from clients.

In addition, you’ll see Tonya assisting at personal property auctions as a ring person. She balances a busy work schedule with an equally busy life as a wife and mother.

John Ferarro
JOHN FERRARO
Heading our Illinois real estate office, John is a licensed Illinois real estate broker who frequently travels from the Chicagoland area to other northern Illinois communities to expertly handle real estate listings, open houses, and closings.

A Master’s graduate of Judson University, John was raised in Niles, Illinois, and brings a large network of contacts to the company. He, his wife, and their two children live in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Allen Frye
ALLEN FRYE
Operations manager and ring boss, Al Frye is an expert at arranging items for preview and auctions.

His organizational skills are an important asset to the business. A long-time employee, he’s a non-stop worker, always ready and willing to get the job done.

BRIAN HEIKKINEN
BRIAN HEIKKINEN
Beloit native Brian wears many hats – estate gatherer, set-up person, auction clerk, online catalog expert, and online Internet auction facilitator.

He joined the company in 1996 and has been an important part of the staff since then. When he has time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling.

Penny Frye
PENNY L. FRYE
Penny has shared her friendly smile with auction customers since before her two teenage sons were born.

She’s Mrs. Allen Frye, and thanks to her, absentee bids are handled with accuracy. She’s an enthusiastic Chicago Bears fan in Green Bay Packers territory.

Lyle Harvell
LYLE HARVELL
Lyle joined the company in 2005 and has proven himself to be a dedicated, reliable and organized staff member.

He’s responsible for a great portion of each auction set-up, assists as a ringman, and goes on most estate and household pickups. Lyle is the father of one grown son.

BILLIE JO WARNER
BILLIE JO WARNER
Billie Jo moved from customer to part-time office worker in 2008 to full time in 2011.

Wife, mother of 5, and recently a grandmother, her calm nature makes her a real asset for this very busy office. She balances office responsibilities with auction setup and client contact with ease. In addition, she is one of our internet auction facilitators during live online auctions.

Jackie Lynch
JACKIE LYNCH
Jackie’s background as a legal secretary as well as her expert organizational skills and diplomatic manner make her the perfect assistant for the many personal property appraisals handled by our office.

She’s a Milwaukee area native who moved to Beloit with her husband several years ago and now holds the title of “Grandmother.”

NICHOLE CHESKE
NICHOLE CHESKE
Expert at efficiently handling auction office registration and checkout as well as being an experienced ring person, Nichole’s outgoing personality puts customers at ease.

She’s also office personnel in the health care industry and is pursuing an advanced degree. Nicole is the mother of two teenagers.

David Allen
DAVID ALLEN
David expertly does double duty as auctioneer and ringman for our in-house and onsite auctions. David’s a member of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Board of Directors and just completed the first year of his auction industry CAI education classes.

He and his wife are the parents of 4 children and live in the Madison area.

 


In Memory of…

Bill & Carol MiedemaBILL & CAROL MIEDEMA
Auctioneer Bill and his wife Carol founded the original auction house back in the early 1970s. Son Rich and his wife Pat renamed the business Beloit Auction Service when they bought the company in 1980.

Carol passed away in 2009. Bill passed away in 2015.