Auction School Instructors

We have carefully selected as our instructors ONLY auctioneers who have had years of experience in selling many of the most successful auctions on record.

The faculty includes only those auctioneers and specialists who have excellent professional reputations and are of the highest ethical and moral character.

Each auctioneer/instructor is considered to be the best qualified to teach others modern auctioneering and related subjects. They will share with you every successful method they use in their professions.


"To be the best, you must learn from the best!"

Spanky Assiter

International Champion Auctioneer

2005 World Champion Automobile Auctioneer
Amarillo, Texas


Col. Assiter has a long list of credentials that make him a real champion and one we are proud to have on our faculty. Assiter received his Bachelor of Science and Masters from Texas A&M University, his CAI designation in 1989, 1985 President of the Texas Auctioneer Association NAA Board of Director, 1991 NAA International Champion Auctioneer and 1991 Texas State Champion Auctioneer. Whether selling one of a kind collector cars to Hollywood stars at the would famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction or million dollar thoroughbred race horses to international jet setters at Keenland in Kentucky, this auctioneer can do it all and will tell you how you can too.




Paul-C-Behr Paul C. Behr
Denver, Colorado
WWCA Graduate 1971




Graduated from World Wide College of Auctioneering in Dec. 1971 and was awarded the title of World Champion Livestock Auctioneer in 1989, 1988, NAA International Auctioneer Champion, and 1995 All-Around World Champion Auctioneer. His ability and enthusiasm have made him a champion in all aspects of auctioneering. Now President of WWCA, he loves training new Auctioneers.



Darrell Cannon, CAI, CES, BASDarrell-Cannon

Palo, Iowa





Col. Cannon started his auction career attending auction school in 1995. From there his career has exceeded all expectations. The 2002 and 2003 Reserve Iowa Champion Auctioneer and 2004 Iowa Champion Auctioneer he has reached the top. Darrell was asked to join the staff at World Wide in 2005 and he continues to get top marks from students in this capacity.

Col. Cannon is a family man with wife Angie and his 2 sons Josh and Jordan, and daughter Trisha all auctioneers and graduates of World Wide College of Auctioneering. He credits Col. Mike Lambert, the first World Champion Automobile Auctioneer and WWCA instructor and one of the best in the business with being a great influence on him and his auctioneering career.




Bruce-Helgeson Bruce Helgeson
Lake Mills, Iowa
General Auctions




Col. Helgeson is one of our top instructors. Bruce runs a very successful auction and real estate company in North Iowa. He has a tremendous knowledge of the auction methods of marketing. You will thoroughly enjoy his honesty and sincerity, as they go hand-in-hand with capabilities as an instructor in the classroom.



Deb Hild
Clear Lake, Iowa
Vocal Instructor



Deb, a talented vocalist has been teaching vocal music for over fifteen years. She is presently teaching in Mason City Community School District in Mason City, IA. She is also music director for Steben's Children's Theater in Mason City. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westmar College in LeMars, IA, and has done graduate work at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has a strong commitment to the care and control of the voice and is very excited to present this information to benefit the auctioneer in building vocal confidence, strength and endurance. One of our most informative and enjoyable instructors.




Jack-Hines Jack Hines, AARE, CAI, GPPA
Ellsworth, Wisconsin




Col. Jack Hines is World Wide College of Auctioneering senior instructor training new auctioneers since 1967. Jack started his auction career attending Reisch Auction School (now World Wide) in 1966 and since has conducted over 8,500 auctions.

You will enjoy his vast knowledge and pleasing personality. Jack and wife Shirley live in Ellsworth, Wisconsin with their large family.




Kurt Johnson
White Bear Lake, Minnesota




Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has carved a niche as one of the nation’s premier benefit and corporate motivational auction companies. With 18 years’ experience and over 1,100 auctions to its credit, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has raised more than 20 million dollars for nonprofit organizations. Col. Kurt Johnson, B.A.S., is well-known for entertaining/engaging his audience; sharing information about an event’s cause; and calling bidders to action through lively bidding and good-natured fun. The end result is a successful live auction achieved through the excitement of audience collaboration.

Kurt helped develop the BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist) certification program for the National Auctioneers Association; is a monthly columnist for Auction World, a national publication; has served on a panel of benefit auction experts at the National Auctioneer’s Conference; is a past president of the Minnesota State Auctioneer’s Association; is an instructor at World Wide College of Auctioneering; and has been featured on television and radio. (To see a clip of a story covered by WCCO TV, please go to: He resides in White Bear Lake with his wife and daughter.





Stephen Karbelk, CAI, AARE
Ashburn, Virginia





Stephen Karbelk has the distinction of being an auctioneer to realize a $1,000,000 commission from a sale of Real Estate at auction. He will tell you how you can do the same.

The co-chairman and founder of AmeriBid LLC, Karbelk started his career after attending World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1998. He specializes in REO, Bankruptcy and government auctions for all types of commercial and residential properties.

A nationally requested speaker at American Bankers and National Auctioneers Association Conferences. Stephen is one of World Wide’s most popular instructors.

He will share his secrets on the exciting world of selling Real Estate at auction.

Stephen and his wife Katie reside outside Washington, D.C. in beautiful Virginia.




Angelo Lopez
Minneapolis, Minnesota




Col. Lopez heads up World Wides bi-lingual (Spanish-English) Auctioneering program, the only program of its kind at any Auction school. Growing up in New York City, Lopez entered the Army after graduation and was a member of the elite 82nd Airborne division. After serving our country in the military, he moved to Puerto Rico and ran a successful Auction business. He is employed by Northstar Auto Auction, Minneapolis Auto Auction, Mid-America Auction Services, working sometimes six auctions each week. He now trains Auctioneers to conduct business in Spanish communities and increases their commissions. Along with his immense Auctioneer ability you will enjoy his 1st class personality.




Wayne Pals
Thornton, Iowa
General Auctions



Col. Pals is a tremendously capable instructor and staff member. Wayne and his family maintain an auction service and auction house that produces some of the top antique and collectible sales in North Iowa. His easy going ways and tremendous sense of humor will definitely put you at ease as you enter into your new profession.




Keith Saathoff
Runner-up World Champion Auctioneer
Creighton, Nebraska
Livestock Auctions/Ringman Seminar


Col. Saathoff, the Runner-up at the 1981 World Championship, is a true professional - not only as an auctioneer, but as an instructor. He has owned a livestock auction market in Creighton, Nebraska, where he continue to sell all types of livestock as well as conducts many other types of auctions. You will be impressed by his dynamic personality and his dedicated and unique method of instructing. Keith has a tremendous dedication to the auction profession and it will be worth every dollar of your tuition to be instructed by this consummate master of the trade.




Gerald M. Stambaugh
Mason City, Iowa
Auction Law



Mr Stambaugh is a principal attorney with the Laird, Heiny, McManigal, Duffy and Stambaugh Law Firm. Jerry is one of the most dynamic speakers you will ever have the opportunity to hear. His knowledge of the law concerning auctions is unsurpassable. With our changing and complex times, this will be a very important part of your training. He will expand on topics such as contracts and federal, state, county and local laws.




Theresa E. Taylor
Ontario, Canada



Theresa Taylor was raised in rural eastern Ontario, Canada. Always bright and engaging, she has risen to the top her whole life. A successful business woman already, she attended World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1997. In a short time she is the 2004 All-Around World Champion. Col. Taylor holds the accreditation of Certified Auctioneer and Appraiser in Canada and the U.S. Theresa is a member of the Auctioneers Assn. Of Canada, Ontario Auctioneers Assn. And the National Auctioneers Assn. and makes her home in South Lancaster, Ontario. Theresa will teach you how to get auctions through old-fashioned hard work coupled with modern technology.





Matt-Lowery Matt Lowery
Burwell, Nebraska





Matt Lowery was born and raised in the beautiful sand hill country of Nebraska. As a young boy he would role play as the auctioneer, a prelude to his future of becoming one of the greatest auctioneers in the history of the auction profession.

He attended World Wide College of Auctioneering in 1995 and his career to the top began. Since that time he has become one of the elite group to be a Triple Crown winner- 2008 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer, 2006 International Champion Livestock Auctioneer and 2006 Greater Midwest Livestock Champion Auctioneer. In addition he is the 2000 Nebraska Champion Auctioneer.

He is in demand selling auctions in Nebraska and throughout the country. Also Matt operates a 9000 acre ranch with 1000 cow calf herd.

A devoted father and family man, daughter Lexie is the apple of Dad’s eye.

You will like his unexcelled bid calling ability and pleasing personality.



Darrah-Williams Darrah Williams







Dan-Prohaska Dan Prohaska







Jim-Seeck Jim Seeck






Robert-Mayo Robert Mayo, AARE, ATS, GPPA

Kansas City, Missouri

Robert Mayo is owner and auctioneer of one of the leading auction companies in the country.

A 2001 World Wide graduate Robert is considered one of the premier experts in Auction Technology and in demand for his expertise in Real Estate and Firearms and Technology. He has conducted auctions in which he sold guns used by the famous gangsters Bonnie and Clyde.

A graduate of both (CAI) Certified Auctioneers Institute and (GPPA) Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, he was tapped by the National Auctioneers Association to help write it’s (ATS) Auction Technology Specialist designation program.

A Kansas Champion Auctioneer and past member of the NAA Board of Directors, Robert’s passion as an auctioneer is 100% every day. He has it all.

He, his wife Aileen and children Lincoln and Isabella enjoy family time and traveling.




4 Jill Marie Wiles
Canby, Oregon

 JillMarie has over 25 years of professional marketing expertise and has specialized in the auction method since 1994 as an auctioneer with a focus on benefit auctions. She works on an independent contractor basis for antique, personal property, real estate & commercial auctions. As an accomplished speaker she has conducted auction related seminars nationwide. JillMarie has served as an instructor for 10 years with World Wide College of Auctioneering and since 2001 has served as an auction industry leader:

· 2001-02 (IAC) 2001 International Auctioneer Champion
· 2002-04 (OAA) Oregon Auctioneers Association President
· 2002-05 (NAF) National Auctioneers Foundation Trustee
· 2006-11 (NAAEI) Co-author & Instructor for Benefit Auction Specialist Designation (BAS)
· 2011-15 (NAAEI) NAA Education Institute Trustee

JillMarie has been married for 22 years to Tim Stuart, also an auctioneer. Together, they have ridden all 50 states on Harley Davidson’s. Tim and JillMarie live in Canby, Oregon with their two daughters, Lily and Ava.