We would like you to meet Marty DeVille. Marty is a February 2015 graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering.
1. Why did you decide to attend World Wide College of Auctioneering?
The Reason I decided to go to WWCA is because I was looking for a career change. I’ve been doing construction for the last 20 years and absolutely loved it, but since I’m getting older my body can’t keep up with the pace. I’ve always dreamed of being an auctioneer. It just seemed like the next thing for me to do. Since attending WWCA, many doors have been opened for me. The network of auctioneers and the confidence they gave me is immeasurable. I recently took a job in the sales world as an Outside Sales Rep for a cylinder gas company. Without the knowledge and confidence WWCA gave me, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have applied.
2. What one thing surprised you the most about auction school?
The one thing that really surprised me is how everyone in the auctioneer world cares so much about your success. The support network is amazing!! World Champion auctioneers will give you their personal phone numbers and say to call them anytime and they will help you any way possible.
3. What state do you live in?
I live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota currently and grew up on a farm in Northeast South Dakota.
4. How many auctions have you attended this past year?
I have attended about 10 auctions this year.
5. Tell us about your family.
On June 14, 2014 I married the woman of my dreams! I have two step-children Caitlin and Jacob who are 15 & 17. Being a new dad with teenagers is quite challenging as most of you know. I have been taken out of my “comfort zone” several times as teenagers sometimes test you. Nonetheless they mean the world to me and I love them very much. I am looking forward to being someone who they can count on and encourage them through their very challenging young lives. Being a father is more than just being the man in the family pictures.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose to live?
I would live anywhere as long as my family was with me! I guess I would have to say somewhere in the Midwest because I love the outdoors and the changing seasons.
7. Tell us about one "aha" moment while attending auction school.
My “aha” moment at school was the way everyone had so much support for each other. It was awesome how 50+ people had so much encouragement and respect for each other.
8. Do you have a favorite quote that motivates you each day?
Being a gardener, I’d have to say “Life’s a Garden, Dig it!”–Joe Dirt
9. How many siblings do you have?
I have 4 sisters Geri, Mary, Lori and Tami.
10. Do you have a favorite auction company, if so, which one and why?
My favorite auction company would have to be Barrett-Jackson. I like them because of how professional they are and how exciting they are to watch.