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
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.
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.
-Real Estate Auction Business - 32 years
-Real Estate Appraiser - Licensed GA appraiser - 12 years
-REALTOR – licensed in GA since 1983; Million Dollar Club member