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.
Burt Lively, VP of Marketing
Burt Lively joined the Dempsey Auction Company team in 2017. He has twenty five years of sales and sales management experience. Originally from Rome, Burt graduated from Darlington in 1987 and graduated from Auburn University in 1991. Burt now resides in the Birmingham, Alabama area and looks forward to developing the Dempsey Auction brand in Alabama. Contact Burt to see how an auction may be the most effective strategy for your investment needs.
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, 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, Sales Associate
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.
Linda Renfroe, Admin Assistant
Linda joined the Dempsey Auction Company family in Sept. of 2000 as an Administrative Assistant. She performed many secretarial duties and had exceptional phone skills. Linda served as a bookkeeper at many of our sales during her years here at Dempsey Auction Company and had a great rapport with our clients.
Linda is a member of HBCrome (formerly Hollywood Baptist Church) where she is part of the “Praise and Worship” Choir. And she has served on the Finance Team for the last 7 years. Linda also leads prayer worship on Wednesday nights. Linda loves to read, trips to the beach and is an avid arts and crafts designer. She and her husband Tommy reside in Cedartown with their two Yorkie’s “Molly and Marley” affectionally known as their “M&M’s!”
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.