Mendenhall School of Auctioneering Adds New Instructor

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CEO of national award-winning company joins Mendenhall team.

Rick Romanus, Sr., has joined the team of instructors at Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, N.C., according to Col. Forrest Mendenhall, founder of the school.

“We are doing everything to upgrade our courses so our graduates will be better qualified than from any other school in America,” said Mendenhall. “I’ve known Rick for quite some time, and I’m excited that he’s joining our team. Rick and his group are pioneering a lot of the new technology, and that’s why we feel he is the right one to instruct our students.”

Romanus is President & CEO of Blue Ridge Digital, a national award winning video production company, and, Inc., the largest auction community on the internet. He has been a pioneer and motivator in the auction industry for more than 11 years. Romanus has expertise in high-tech digital video production, internet hosting and design, along with cutting edge tools and software that have won many state and national awards. He has been an associate member of the National Auctioneers Association and many other auctioneer associations since 1995.

Romanus’ has designed custom web sites, hosts and markets for more than 400 auction companies, 17 state auction associations and is the official host of the National Auctioneers Association web site. has also developed many high traffic internet sites, including the National Auction List web site, the internet’s largest database of auctions and auctioneers. Romanus has educated thousands of auctioneers from coast to coast on the value and power of marketing.

“We’re in our 44th year here at Mendenhall School of Auctioneering and things have certainly changed in our industry,” Mendenhall commented. “It used to be that a handshake was your auction contract, and you wrote down how much things sold for on an old legal pad.” He explained that the school is now teaching the latest technologies using computers and the internet. “That’s why I’m personally very active with National Auctioneers Association and try to stay updated with new technology coming out in the auction industry.”

The Mendenhall School of Auctioneering was founded in 1962 by Col. Forrest Mendenhall and his brother. Mendenhall has been a full-time auctioneer since 1953. He has conducted auctions of most all types throughout the eastern United States, including real estate, livestock, automobiles, antiques, machinery and more. He has devoted his entire adult life to the auction profession and its improvement. Mendenhall was inducted into the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1995.

Today, the facility boasts over 17,000 square feet, complete with state-of-the-art audio/visual system. Students also have an opportunity to see the operation of a modern auto auction, added in 1991, which is located on the property.

“We are looking to increase the technology training here at the school so that when auctioneers go out in the field, they have the ability to take full advantage of all the opportunities available to them,” said Mendenhall, observing that he’s seen a trend in the auction industry where the type and quality of people getting involved has improved. “We’re seeing more auction companies sending their people for training, we are seeing people looking for career changes, and we’re also seeing second and third generation auctioneers who want to learn the newest techniques.”

Mendenhall School of Auctioneering offers a complete course in Basic Auctioneering. Four intensive nine-day courses are conducted each year in February, June, August and November. The program is designed to educate and train people interested in auctioneering to become successful auctioneers. The faculty includes nationally recognized auctioneers and business leaders. Each course consists of 85 hours of professional training, including bid calling, accounting, ethics, advertising, contracts, laws and much more. Two public auctions are conducted during each course where the students do the actual auctioneering.

Romanus said, “I am honored to join the Mendenhall team. This generation of auctioneers has an entirely new set of tools at their disposal to ensure the success of their business. I am very excited about teaching these new potential auctioneers how to compete in a high-tech marketplace.”

Mendenhall School of Auctioneering is located at 6729 Auction Road, High Point, North Carolina. For more information, call toll-free (888) 883-0316 or visit

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