Zachary Franks, CAI is a second-generation auctioneer and Founding Partner of Estate Auction Group, LLC. Zachary and his wife, Katie, are the proud parents of two wonderful children. At the age of 17, Zachary graduated from Worldwide College of Auctioneering, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2005. In 2013, Zachary graduated from the NAA’s esteemed Certified Auctioneer Institute. Mr. Franks is dedicated to the future and professionalism of the “auctioneer”, focusing on what he can do for the profession and the perception of this great industry. As a dedicated Father, husband, and student of the auction business, Zachary remains passionate and genuine in helping others achieve success through a commitment to excellence.
Shane Ratliff is a founding partner of Estate Auction Group, LLC and is one of the most decorated auction professionals in the world. Mr. Ratliff resides in Crete, Illinois with his wife, Jackie, and three amazing children. Mr. Ratliff is one of the elite auctioneers to hold the distinguished titles of NAA International Champion Auctioneer as well as World Champion Automobile Auctioneer. Mr. Ratliff is President and CEO of Ratliff Auctioneers, Inc. which oversees over 600 auctions annually, working extensively with major automobile and power sport manufacturers on a weekly basis. In addition, Mr. Ratliff has helped non-profit organizations around the world reach their goals through fundraising auction services for over 20 years. Along with celebrity fundraising events such as Muhammed Ali's Fight Night, Shane is often seen on national television defining auctioneering excellence for Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, the "world's greatest collector car auctions". In recognition for a lifetime of professional achievement, Shane Ratliff was the recipient of the NAAA Auctioneer of the Year Award in 2007. A second-generation auctioneer, Shane remains dedicated to the auction profession by mentoring aspiring auctioneers and teaching at Worldwide College of Auctioneering, of which he is a graduate. Recognizing the opportunity to expand and help a greater number of people and organizations alike, Shane is now leveraging his experience and leadership to offer the marketplace a more efficient and profitable solution to the markneting and sales process.
Erik Merkell is Vice President of Auction Operations for Estate Auction Group, LLC. Mr. Merkell, a Purdue University graduate, holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree. Before joining Estate Auction Group, Erik’s professional experience included four years of institutional banking along with two years as a procurement specialist for a major manufacturing firm. Erik Merkell adds tremendous value to this company by combining his education, applied work experience, and passion for helping clients achieve their goals.