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After nearly 44 years in the auction business, Mike & Marti Miller have announced they will be retiring from the auction business effective December 31, 2017.
Mike Miller Auction Co. announced to his staff the night of Monday, December 11, 2017, at a Christmas party gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Chillicothe, Missouri. It was probably the best "well kept secret" for many months with this announcement. Most of the staff was "shocked!"
It was never a "spur of the moment" decision, as the Millers have contemplated this move for most of two (2) years. "It's time," said Mike Miller, lead auctioneer and CEO. "It's been quite a party! We have sold for literally 1000's of people over 40 plus years, helping them in times of need, settling estates, liquidating assets, raising over $5 million dollars for charity, and having a blast doing it." The time has come to slow down, smell the flowers, visit the grandkids more, and maybe GO FISHING!"
Tyler Keenan, who joined the auction firm some 8 months ago and with over 5 year auction experience, along with veteran David May, long time associate, will continue "calling auctions" with a combined 33 years experience. "These guys are darn good," said Miller. "I know they will continue to due to a first class job."
Marti Miller, wife of Mike, long-time general manager, cashier, and secretary will certainly miss the action. "I will miss our 100's of friends. I love what I do. But it's time to move on. We've been truly blessed. I loved it, but I want to see the grandkids more, and enjoy things we've missed for so long."
Mike began selling auctions his senior year in high school, conducting his first auction on March 11, 1974, with his father, Col. Joe Miller, who also ran his auction business for 40 plus years. "I was lucky," said Mike Miller. "I learned the ropes from my dad; he was really good." Miller also sold sales with business associate & long-time friend Daryl Danner, Merle Vaughn, Hugh Campbell, Junior Mullenix, and many others. Miller graduated from Reisch World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1976 at Mason City, Iowa.
Miller, age 61, will continue in an advisory capacity. "We will continue to help Tyler & Dave proceed with advice and help when they need it." Miller said he was most proud of the money he helped raise over the course of 44 years for charity. The auction company helped raise over $5 million dollars for charity including Farmer's Electric Cooperative's Youth Benefit Auction, the Bishop Hogan Dinner Auction, Duck's Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation & other wildlife charities, Livingston County 4-H & FFA Fair, cancer patients, Elk's, Eagles, & Knights of Columbus fundraisers, just to name a few. "We always tried to give back to the community whenever we could," Miller said.
"It is amazing the trust and confidence that people have given us over the past 43 plus years. We are greatly appreciative. We never failed them! They were tickled when it was totaled. We will miss you all! It's been a business doing pleasure!," said the Colonel.
With love from Mike & Marti - it's been quite a party - ! We will miss you dearly!
Mike & Marti