The life of Ron Appleton has always involved cattle — or some kind of livestock. He can quickly recall the early days as a small child and his endless fascination with auctioneers.

For more than 60 years, Ron wanted to be the man projecting the numbers. So, he and his two grown grandsons, Cameron Appleton and Rope Stewart, took the dream to Lewisville and graduated June 8 from America's Auction Academy.

“It was important to me for them to have the opportunity to do that even if they never use it,” Appleton expressed. “It was important for us to be together for a week to share these memories — lifetime memories.”

For nine straight days, the three men underwent rigorous training that included the repetitive practice of tongue twisters and number calling for over 12 hours a day. Along with 83 hours of instruction, the three also passed an 80-question test.

And it was Ron, not the two youngsters, whose test scores ranked third in the class. The ranking was strictly based on the written test, though, not auctioneering technique, as Ron quickly and humbly pointed out.

“There’s a lot more about being an auctioneer and the auction industry than I ever imagined," he admitted.

The longtime Waxahachie agriculture science teacher and educator will now continue his bucket list journey on his own to obtain a state license. He plans to take the test within the next couple of weeks while the material is fresh in his mind.

If he obtains the license, Ron plans to auction at estate sales and local organizations to benefit the community where he was born and raised.

Before Ron enrolled in the academy, he was not confident in his talent. “I felt like a fool on the first day,” Ron admitted. But, he left with the excellent knowledge of the field and essential time spent with his grandsons.

It was an agriculture science teacher in Ennis, Doug Meyer, who introduced the academy to Ron four years ago. Now, Meyer's son, who also went through the program, and his wife are prominent in the auctioneer life.

At the academy, Ron expressed the character of his classmates as civic, charitable and businesses-minded folks. People came from all walks of life, which included eight states and even Ireland.

“They were wonderful people,” Ron described. “I’ve worked with people my whole life, and I work with some of the absolute best people that could live on this Earth in Waxahachie, Texas.”

Not only were the people classy but the program itself emphasized morals and a high standard of ethics. The topics covered were so vast, Ron could not relay the information no matter how quickly he spoke.

“These people are professional are the best I’ve seen in my whole life. They keep you motivated, tell you funny stories, share experiences they’ve had in the auction industry. It is a unique experience,” Ron emphasized.


The instruction at America's Auction Academy covered auctioning real estate, estates, antiques, heavy equipment, purebred and market livestock, automobiles, government sales, farm sales and fundraising events.

Students were taught rapid-fire chant of the auctioneer, how to contract auctions, public speaking, ethics, auction bookkeeping, sales tax regulations, community involvement, state and federal laws, auction technology and the import of the Internet in today’s auction world.

“America’s Auction Academy was established in 1992 and has provided professional training for some of America’s and Canada’s most successful and well-known auctioneers," a press release given to graduates states. "The school is internationally recognized and approved by most license law states. American’s Auction Academy is Texas Workforce Commission approved and conducts classes three times a year."

Anyone interested in becoming an auctioneer can call 972-387-4200 or visit www.americasauctionacademy.com.


Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450