Sproull Dempsey began his auction career in the 1940s. He later formed Sproull Dempsey and Sons Auction Co with his sons, Sproull Jr. and Ray. Over the years, we’ve conducted thousands of auctions and closings, enabling our company to grow and become what we now know as Dempsey Auction.
Through 3 generations, we’ve assisted sellers and buyers throughout the southeast during upturns and downturns in the real estate market. We’ve sold everything from a tractor to a 14-story building in Atlanta, to the McIver Ranch. We are currently licensed in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina but have the ability and affiliations to conduct business across the country.
Meet the people who can make your selling or buying experience as efficient as possible.
Ray Dempsey, CEO
Ray started his auction career as a young boy selling cokes and hot dogs in the concession stand every Saturday at his father’s car sale. As a teenager he traveled with his father every summer putting up the tent, erecting auction signs, giving out brochures and working on the sales. Ray obtained his GA Real Estate Salesman License in 1964 and his Brokers License in 1966 after taking courses at the Georgia Institute of Real Estate in Atlanta. He has been active in the Georgia Auctioneers Association and has served on the Board of Directors. Ray is also a member of the National Auctioneer’s Association. Ray graduated from Darlington School in Rome, attended Auburn University and graduated from Shorter College with a business degree. 2012 Inductee to the Georgia Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame
Louie Ray Dempsey Jr., President
Louie Ray Dempsey Jr.
Lou Dempsey is President of Dempsey Auction Company, overseeing day to day operations; and coordinating all sales and marketing efforts. He is a 3rd generation Roman (Darlington ’87) and 3rd generation auctioneer. Lou attended Auburn University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, AU Marketing Association, and National Marketing Association. He graduated in 1992 with a BA in Marketing/Management. Prior to returning to the “Family Business”, he served as a marketing and sales associate with an out-of-state firm. Lou continues to believe in his grandfather, Sproull Dempsey, Sr’s motto that “Nothing Succeeds like Success”. Lou and his daughter, Georgeanna Ray, and son, Chase Tolbert reside in Rome.
Chase Tolbert, VP of Online Sales
Katrina McCord, Operations Manager
With over 27 years of accounting and managing experience, Katrina oversees the accounting and administrative affairs of Dempsey Auction. She is a dynamic, resourceful and energetic individual who is comfortable with being the go-to person. With a keen eye to detail and a meticulous work ethic, Katrina will champion any task large or small. She is the friendly face you can rely on to answer your on going questions.
Katrina is a native of Rome and currently resides in Silver Creek with her husband, Larry of 37 years. She enjoys spending time with family including her son, Jason, and two grandchildren, Jaxon and Kinley. Katrina is delighted to be a part of the Dempsey Auction Family!
Tom Lindsey, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent, Estate Specialist
Tom is a life-long resident of Cave Spring, GA and currently serves his community as a City Council-member. He is active participant with the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority working on improving tourism and Economic Development for Cave Spring. Other affiliations include serving on the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Rome and Floyd County, GA, and the advisory committee for Trails for Recreation and Economic Development of Rome & Floyd County (TRED). Tom has held a Georgia Real Estate License since 1983 and currently has a Georgia Brokers License. He is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and numerous real estate schools to strengthen his auction and real estate sales background. Tom specializes in estate disbursements, marketing, and sub-dividing of real estate to obtain the highest possible sales price for his clients. Tom is the father of three children, Perry Marshall, Jessie Lindsey, Knox Lindsey and presently has two grandchildren, Mavrick and Ashlynn.
John Norris, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent, Lake Property Specialist
Dempsey Auction Company is pleased to announce that, John Norris, long time Real Estate, Personal Property and Equipment Auctioneer, has joined our team, a 3rd Generation, 52 year old Auction Company.
John has over 22 years selling property of all kinds at auction. He attended Barney Fletcher School of Real Estate and North Georgia School of Auctioneering. He has attended numerous Continuing Education Seminars and classes and strives to stay up to date with techniques involved with selling Real Estate – Personal Property – Commercial Property – Equipment of all types and Estate Auctions. He is licensed in Georgia and Alabama, but has sold property all across the Southeast.
In his spare time, John’s favorite hobby is “Calling Square Dances!” He has been calling for 25 years and in March he received recognition as a member of the Prestigious “Quarter Century Club” of Caller Lab International.
Randy Land, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent
Randy Land has joined the Dempsey Auction Company team after being a principal with J.L. Todd Auction Company since 1985.
“J.L. Todd, my stepfather and mentor, taught me how to successfully manage an auction to provide the best possible experience for the seller and buyer alike. Both Sproull Dempsey and J.L. Todd have a rich history of auction success, which has made this transition in working with my good friends an easy decision. Personally, I look forward to being able to continually serve those with an auction need in today’s Real Estate Market. Sellers today, more than ever, have realized the auction method is the preferred way to sell for absolute top dollar for assets that need liquidating.”
Randy resides in Rome with his wife, Amy, and four sons: Connor, Andrew, Joshua, and William. He obtained his Real Estate and Auction License in 1985. He is licensed in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina He is a member at Barnsley Gardens Resort, a former founding board member of Heritage First Bank in Rome, a lifetime member of NAA (National Auctioneers Association), Past President of the GAA (Georgia Auctioneers Association), and designated CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institution in 1993).
Karly Davis, Sales Manager, Real Estate Agent
Tommy Atha, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent
Tommy Atha joins the Dempsey Auction Company after serving as a teacher, girls basketball coach, and head football coach at Darlington School. Since 1993, Tommy has been helping young men and women achieve their goals in the classroom, in the gym, and on the field. With 21 straight winning seasons as a head football coach under his belt, he understands how to achieve success.
“For the past 30 years, parents have entrusted me with their most valuable assets: their children. I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of a winning program in coaching for such a long time. I’m excited to now join another winning team at the Dempsey Auction Company. I’m eager to serve people in helping them achieve financial success through the auction business.”
Tommy resides in Rome, GA with his wife, Cathe. They have four children: Maggie Ralston, Anna Claire, Tommy Jr., and Katherine Atha. Tommy is an active member at First Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher. He has also served on the Floyd County prison ministry. Tommy has taught and coached at Rockmart Middle School, Rockmart High School and Darlington School. He is a member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He is a 1986 graduate of Rockmart High School and a 1990 graduate of Presbyterian College where he played football and baseball.
Scott Pinson, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent
Scott Pinson, AARE Business Development
Scott joins our team and brings several years of corporate experience. Scott grew up in Atlanta and has excelled in sales, management and building solid relationships for top companies such as IBM, Hallmark Cards and Johnson & Johnson Medical. He is a Georgia licensed Auctioneer and Real Estate Broker. Scott is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and has served on the Board of the Georgia Auctioneers Association. He is a graduate of Bryan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Scott holds his Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE) designation, which is the highest recognition for the Auction of Real Estate.
Kevin Dougherty, Logistics Manager
Matt Plant, Sales Representative
Matt Plant is a long time resident of Georgia. He grew up in Polk County, is an Alumni of Darlington School, and returned to Floyd County after finishing his education at Louisiana State University. Matt has over twenty years of experience in sales and customer service. He is a licensed real Estate agent and also attended Nashville Auction School. Matt’s greatest accomplishments are his wife, Tonya, and two girls, Anne Marie and Caroline.