Congratulations to Colonel Dick Schoenholz of Dick Schoenholz Real Estate & Auction, Geneva, Nebraska for being named 2011 Auctioneer of the Year for the Nebraska Auctioneers Association.
This prestigious award was bestowed at the 63rd Nebraska Auctioneers Association Convention in North Platte, Nebraska at the Quality Inn & Suites by last year’s recipient Colonel Ora Adler. Dick received a special belt buckle, commemorative plaque and Stetson hat.
Dick has been an active member of the Nebraska Auctioneer’s Association and the National Auctioneer’s Association since the early 1980s. He attends the annual workshops and any programs that would help him in the profession. He has served on committees and the Board of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association. Over the years Dick has helped many new auctioneers get started in the profession. He promotes the auction profession whenever possible.
Each year he helps with many charity and benefit auctions such as FFA, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Churches, quilt guilds, 4-H Livestock Auction and many more. He holds the annual Lion’s Club Spring Consignment Auction which is the organization’s major fundraiser by having Geneva Lion’s Club members set up and clerk the auction.
Dick graduated from Reisch American School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, December 18, 1965. He first worked with Bill Svoboda of Hebron, Nebraska. His first auction by himself was March 15, 1967 for the Mrs. Anna Most Estate. He worked with Schultis and Son in Fairbury during the 1980s farm crisis and the two auction companies still work together today. He opened Schoenholz Auction and Real Estate in Geneva in June 1987. With the help of his wife Phyllis, daughters Sheri, Carmen and Ann, and a host of friends as his auction crew, Dick built his business to what it is today.
Dick belongs to many community organizations for the betterment of the communities he lives and works in. He’s held offices in Church Councils, Chamber of Commerce, Rural Fire Board, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Fillmore County Development Corporation and Lion’s Club. He is very active in bringing new businesses to Filmore County.