Rich Ranft has been inducted into the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in 2018. Rich’s grandparents owned a farm and he spent a lot of time growing up on the farm and working in the family auction business.

In 1980 Rich bought the family auction business. After renting several locations, he and his wife, Pat, bought a building that was a former grocery store and moved the weekly auction consignment to its new location.

There wasn’t a new idea or new technology that Rich did not try. He was one of the first auctioneers in the state to successfully conduct a ballroom real estate auction, without the ballroom. He used the auction house as the ballroom.

Rich joined the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association and National Auctioneers Association around 1984 and became a CAI graduate as well as achieved the designations of GPPA, AARE and AMM. Rich since has served two terms on the WAA Board of Directors and has served on various NAA committees. He has actively volunteered time with many community organizations as well and has been referred to as “the constant voice of unselfish community service”.

Rich attended his first NAA conference in Grand Rapids, MI in 1996 and has not missed one since. He credits the WAA and NAA seminars and convention programs with much of the reason for the growth and success of his business. He is always looking for new ways to do old things. His dedication to this industry certainly has shown over his years of experience and the WAA is excited to include Rich Ranft in the Hall of Fame.

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Having been in the field for over 35 years, auctioneer Bob Hagemann has been inducted into the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame as of January 29th, 2018. He was given the title during the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Convention, held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. Owner of his own company Bob Hagemann Auction & Realty Service, LLC, Hagemann is a premier provider of auction and realty services all across southeastern Wisconsin.

Lauded for his versatility in the field, he aims to take up any challenge ranging from real estate and farms to antiques and hay auctions. His experience and knowledge in the field have led to his bona fide success as an auctioneer. He has helped hundreds of clients throughout his extensive career and aims to keep going forward. In order to address his latest career achievement, he made an official press statement.

“I have been an auctioneer for as long as I can remember and I have always prided myself in my integrity and honesty. I have helped many clients make their auctions successful and aim to keep doing so in the future. Bob Hagemann Auction & Realty Service, LLC is a truly customer oriented company,” stated Hagemann, he further added “I am truly honored to be inducted in the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame amongst people who are true professionals and whom I’ve looked up to for many years.”

Other than being a Hall of Fame inductee, Hagemann is also a member and former president of the WAA. Having held various positions within the association, he has dedicated a lot of his time and energy to the WAA and the art of auctioning. Also being a proactive member of the Waterford FFA Alumni, he was recently elected as the Alumni President.

Other than his professional endeavors, Hagemann is a grandfather who aims to help those around him. He dedicates a lot of time and effort to his church and helps many community organizations.

For more details on Bob Hagemann’s auctioning career and for business inquiries, his company’s official website can be seen at www.bobhagemannauctionrealty.com.

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