Bo Benton is a third generation auctioneer and took over as President of the company after the death of his father, L.W. Benton Sr., in 2003. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Agricultural Economics, as well as the Missouri Auction School and holds his Georgia Auctioneers License, Georgia Real Estate License, Federal Firearms License and Georgia Used Motor Vehicle Dealers License. Bo holds his Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate Designation (AARE), which is the highest recognized designation for the Auction of Real Estate. He also holds his CES (Certified Estate Specialist) designation and CAI (Certified Auction Institute) designation. Bo was crowned Georgia State Bid Calling Champion in 2008 and 2010. He was President of the Georgia Auctioneers Association for the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 terms and was a board member from 2004-2016. He was appointed to the Georgia Auctioneers Commission by Governor Nathan Deal in 2011. Bo also sits on the Board of Directors for MarkNet Alliance, a national auction marketing group which he is a member of. He is a past Board of Directors member for the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia State Fair. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association, the Gray Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Georgia Association of Realtors®, National Association of Realtors®, Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association and the Georgia Multiple Listing Service. Bo is proud to continue the legacy of his father and the continued reputation of L.W. Benton Company for fair, honest and exceptional service.
Vann Collins, who joined L.W. Benton Company in 1995, has over 45 years experience in the auction and real estate industries. He holds his Georgia Real Estate License and Georgia auctioneer License. Vann recently retired as a District Chief for the Macon/Bibb County Fire Department, where he had served since 1973, to take on the full-time responsibilities of managing L.W. Benton Company’s auction yard and facility. Vann serves as an advisor and set up manager for many of our real estate, auto, firearms and heavy equipment auctions. On most sale days, however, Vann can be found in the auction ring serving as our senior ring-man and assisting in the taking of bids or as relief auctioneer.
Amy runs the show. Her ability to manage our office, inventory, customers and her extensive title knowledge make her a valuable asset to L.W. Benton Company and the customers we serve.
Linda Collins joined L.W. Benton Company in 1995. She has held her Georgia Realtors License since 1980 and is GRI certified. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Linda serves as the company’s financial director on auction day overseeing the registration and check-out of buyers and consignment sellers alike. Linda also works closely with potential buyers during real estate auctions to answer any questions or concerns they may have during the sale.
While an integral part of the family business since 2003, Bo’s wife, Jenni, took a leave from Delta Air Lines in late 2005 to work full time handling L.W. Benton Company’s bookkeeping and auction settlements. Jenni went back to work with delta in 2011 and decided in 2015 to leave Delta for good. She runs the online simulcast software at every live auction and assist with Bookkeeping. Jenni is a 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education, specializing in Middle Grade Math.
Lisa Meyer has over 18 years in real estate, more than 2 decades of business management, and over 5 years of direct auction experience. Lisa's primary auction format is the online only auction. However, unlike eBay and other online auction platforms, our auctions are set up with “open house” inspection days where all items are displayed and can be viewed live. This fact gives bidders confidence by eliminating the potential mistake of purchasing an item with condition issues that are not revealed in pictures alone. And, unlike live auctions, bidders don't have to sit for hours in the hot or cold waiting for a particular item to come up for bid. For sellers who prefer, auctions can be formatted with a combination of online bidding and live bid calling.
Scott earned Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia College &amp; State University and a Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University. He worked twenty six years in small business consulting &amp; credit related industries. He had begun helping his wife, Lisa, with her auctions beginning around 2009. In 2012, after retiring from his &quot;former life,&quot; Scott attended the North Georgia School of Auctioneering and obtained his auctioneer's license.
After being the Owner and Operator of Hawkinsville Auction Gallery for 10 years, Stan decided to join the L.W. Benton Company team. Stan will still be offering the same great services as always but is happy to now offer online auctions as another tool to his clients and customers.
Sonny owned and operated the Heart of Georgia Auto Auction for 10 plus years. After selling the auto auction to L.W. Benton Company in the end of 2008, Sonny joined our staff as one of our lead auctioneers. Through Sonny's 50+ year career in this business, he has conducted auctions in all but 2 states. He is a past Georgia bid calling champion and Georgia Hall of Fame Member.