Staff Members

Jim Tocco

Marketing Social Media Director

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Jim Tocco joins the Aumann team in 2017 as Marketing Director. He is responsible for advertising, branding, and company-wide marketing, and looks to continue the Aumann tradition while keeping it on the leading edge of the industry. Tocco most recently worked for Care Otter in Litchfield. Previously, he has worked in marketing and design and as a play-by-play broadcaster in minor league baseball for 11 years. He can often be found hosting trivia events around central Illinois for his company, TKO Trivia. He has been to 47 states and lived in eight of them; he is 62% of the way to completing his goal of visiting every county in the United States. On Friday nights in the Fall, Tocco is the public address voice of the Hillsboro Hilltoppers football team. He lives in Hillsboro with his fiancée Tiffany and their dogs, Tesla and Dixie.


Kurt Aumann, CAI, ATS, CES

CEO and President

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Kurt Aumann grew up in the auction industry and graduated from auction school in 1982 at which time he became employed by Aumann Auction Inc. In 1995, he became Vice President and CEO of Aumann Auctions Inc., located in Nokomis, Illinois. He has also been a member of the National Auctioneers Association for over 16 years. Kurt has always been self employed in the auction industry but has been actively involved in consulting other industries about the auction profession for several years. He has consulted with several online auction companies regarding software development and performance. He has served as President of the Illinois State Auctioneers Association. He has also served on several boards including the National Auctioneers Association and currently sits on the National Auctioneer Association Education Institute. He has instructed at Lincoln Land Community College, the Certified Auctioneers Institute as well as numerous seminars and workshops across the country. Kurt is involved in several community efforts including serving on the Hillsboro Area Hospital Board and the Fusion Health & Fitness Board, a non-profit community fitness center. He is an avid reader and has written two books himself. He is a member of the Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana Auctioneers Associations and conducts approximately 100 auctions per year.


Nelson Aumann, NAA, CAI, AARE, CES, GRI, Broker

Auction Manager

217-254-3003

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Nelson Aumann graduated from Fort Smith Auction School in Fort Smith, Arkansas in July of 1962, and in 1983 he graduated from the NAA. He is a past president of the Illinois Sate Auctioneers Association. In 2004 Nelson was inducted into the Illinois Sate Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Nelson has a proven and impressive track record. He has conducted or worked over 5000 auctions in 36 states since 1962. Also, he has been on several NAA committees and in 2006 he was a judge for the NAA international bid calling contest. He is a realtor and holds the realtor GRI designation. His specialty is Real Estate Auctions.


Jodi Reynolds CAI

COO

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Jodi works hard to keep the office operations running smoothly. She works with auction managers to establish work crews and tend to auction day details. Jodi often works as cashier or staffs our information booth on auction day. She assists bidders and sellers throughout the auction process. Jodi is a member of the NAA and serves on the Conference and Show Education Committee. Jodi resides in rural Nokomis with her husband Kris and their four sons, Kaden, Kolin, Kyle and Konnor. She enjoys time with her family, scrapbooking and traveling.


Mark Sypherd, CAI

Auction Manager

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Mark is one of Aumann Auctions, Inc.’s experts on farm toys. Mark’s specialties also include antique tractors, coins, vintage toys and firearms. Mark assists at bid calling and joins the ground crew on auction day. He travels throughout the country to assess the status of auctions and work on auction sites. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Rose and their two children, A.J. and Amanda. Please call Mark, or email him for more information concerning your collection.


Terry Brinkman

Appraisal Assistant/Real Estate Agent

(217) 565-2241

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Terry's job description includes scheduling appraisal appointments, gathering data for and typing appraisals, listing and showing real estate properties and maintaining the Aumann Realty website and files. Terry and her husband are the parents of three children and currently have three amazing grandchildren in their lives. Her leisure time includes hanging out with family and friends, reading, playing trivia games, and enjoying the outdoors.


Ellen Crowe

Administrative Assistant

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Ellen's friendly voice greets you when you call into the Aumann Auctions, Inc. offices. She helps bidders register to absentee bid and sign up for live, internet bidding. Also, Ellen tracks and answers the thousands of requests for brochures, catalogs and various other details. Ellen and her husband Terry reside in the Nokomis area and they enjoy attending St. Louis Cardinal games.


Thomas Walsh

Auction Manager

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Thomas has been an auction manager with us since 2012. He works all types of auctions from farmland sales, real estate, equipment, bankruptcies, fleet liquidations, and private estates. There is nothing he likes more than to help his customers accomplish their goals and solve their problems. Thomas was ISAA 2014 Ring Man of the year, he was chosen as a 40 under Forty candidate by the Springfield Business Journal, and is studying at the Certified Auctioneers Institute. He is an active member with the ISAA and NAA holding several positions. He resides in Springfield, IL with his family and is ready to help


Kelly Aumann,CAI,AARE,CES

Special Projects Coordinator

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Kelly has been an auction aficionado for most of her life! As a former auctioneer in Mississippi she was the 2010 President of the Mississippi Auctioneers Association and 2 yrs as Vice-President of Mississippi Auctioneers Association. In 2008, she was voted one of Mississippi's Top 50 Business Women, running her own auction company, Blue Sky Auctions, LLC in Mississippi. She is proud to hold the CAI designation, the highest designation available to an auctioneer, and also hold the AARE designation, Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate and the CES designation, Certified Estate Specialist. Kelly is called on for special projects and uses her organizational skills to manage marketing campaigns, take care of legal issues and act as a liaison for the auction company with other professional services vendors. Kelly was an antique dealer for over 15 years and loves dealing with antiques and estates and is qualified to evaluate and develop marketing and promotional campaigns for antiques and other personal properties. Kelly is semi-retired and enjoys her grandchildren and gardening but is still an essential part of Aumann Auctions for special projects when needed.


Alex Fuselier

Project Manager for the Tractor Division

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Alex Fuselier is the Lead Project Manager for the Tractor Division of Aumann Auctions, Inc. He travels the country to meet with clients and organize the details of the auction catalog, manage marketing materials, and establish the logistics of auction day. Alex also works for MarkNet Alliance by providing technical support to members and assisting in the implementation of simulcast auctions. Alex and his wife Maurie reside in Mississippi.


Scott Gatons

Project Manager

217-563-2523

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Scott has been a Licensed Plumber for the past 15 years where he has owned and operated his own business during this time. He has a strong reputation personally and his business is well respected as he has regularly serviced over 3000 customers since the inception of his company. In addition, Scott has been involved with auctions for the past 30 years. He has assisted as a ring man and a clerk (as well as any other job that Kurt needed him to do)! He truly looks forward to helping others showcase their items for future auctions.


Kristy Swearingen

Accountant

217-563-2523

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I am a native of Kansas City, MO, where my grandfather, and later my father, owned and operated a heavy equipment consignment auction company. From the age of 9, I grew up on the farm in Illinois where my step-father was raised. I experienced the typical farm life of walking the fields cutting out weeds, scooping out grain bins and caring for livestock. I credit that experience for my work ethic. 13 years ago, I co-founded a corporation and still currently own shares. My primary responsibility in that corporation was the accounting, although, as any business owner does, I wore many other hats. I have earned two degrees. My 1st degree was a bachelors in psychology and my 2nd a masters in accounting. My position before coming to work for Aumann Auctions, Inc. was with a CPA firm in Springfield. I have 2 children. Joseph is fast approaching 14 years old and Alex is not far from turning 2 years old. I enjoy classic literature. My most recent favorites include War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov. I also enjoy jazz and classical music. Spending time outdoors working or playing with my boys brings me great joy.