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Steve Bartkus
Auctioneer / Realtor / CAI / AMM
Lic. #AU11100072 - RB14051464
(260) 437-6555
steve@bartkusauctioneers.com

Steve Bartkus is a first-generation Auctioneer who grew up just north of Fort Wayne Indiana. He started his career in Real Estate in 2001 and is currently a broker with Century 21 Bradley. He has gained experience working with the public liquidating Real Estate and now personal property of those who need to make that next move in their life. After an 8-year career in Architectural Design he decided to switch gears and serve the public in a different manner. Steve grew up a small-town boy with big dreams and aspirations while his parents instilled in him a great work ethic and the desire to work hard for the things that matter to him. He has been married to his wife, Jody since 1998, and has a son and daughter that also enjoy helping around the auction ring. He has a passion for giving back to the community and has been involved with many benefit auctions around the area. Steve enjoys spending time with his family and taking in the great outdoors. He is very active in his church parish and is a part of both men’s and youth groups. Steve also serves as a member of local 4H boards and the Northwest Allen County School Board. He has been a member of both the Indiana and National Auctioneers Association since 2011, Held the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation since 2018 and the Auction Marketing Management (AMM) designation Since 2019.


Chris Hedges
Auctioneer
Lic. # AU11800006
260-410-0867
chris@bartkusauctioneers.com

Chris is experienced in Mechanics and Farm properties. He has the right touch when comes to working around heavy equipment and the farming communities.


Billy Hagan
Auctioneer
Lic #AU10400170
502-724-2969
tandsauctions.com

Billy has been employed in the auction industry since 1997 and became a licensed auctioneer in 2004.  He is a full-time auctioneer, licensed in IN, KY, OH, IL, TN & FL, an active member of the National Auctioneers Association and an instructor at the Indiana College of Auctioneers. He has earned the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI), Auction Marketing Management (AMM) and Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) designations through the National Auctioneers Association and is a USPAP compliant appraiser who has done appraisals for individuals, small businesses, large corporations, banks and attorneys.


Jody Bartkus
Realtor
Lic. #RB14051463
260-715-9797
jody@bartkusauctioneers.com

Jody was employed for Northwest Allen County Schools for 15 years before she started selling real state full time. She is currently a Broker with Century 21 Bradley and she loves working with buyers and sellers, meeting new people and getting to know their housing needs. She prides herself in getting back to clients fast and being there for them from the beginning to long after closing.  She was a first-grade religious education teacher, youth group leader, and is a Eucharist minister, and is a member of parish council.  They have been married since 1998.   They enjoy spending time with their family and friends.


Ben Bauman

Auctioneer
Lic. #AU12100036
(260) 413-7545
ben@bartkusauctioneers.com

Ben Bauman is a first-generation Auctioneer who grew up in Decatur, Indiana, but recently relocated to Noble County, Indiana. He started out his career by going to Purdue University for Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He has worked as an engineer in the space industry since 2007, supporting multiple weather (metrological) and defense related satellite build and launch campaigns. Ben growing up in a family where attending auctions was a weekly rite of passage, may have planted a seed early in his childhood that just recently started to grow. Ben went to Reppert School of Auctioneering in 2021, allowing him to start his professional auctioneering aspirations. He is an active member of his church (Pine Hills), being part of the men’s ministry group as well as small community group.


Stephanie Swinehart
Office Manager & Auctioneer
Lic# AU12200037
(260) 433-8117
stephanie@bartkusauctioneers.com

Stephanie has served as office manager with Bartkus Auctioneers since January 2020 and is also, an employee of Northwest Allen County Schools since 2015. She has 20+ yrs in customer service and technical support. Raised in New Haven, Stephanie is a 1995 graduate of R Nelson Snider High School. She received her Associate’s Degree in business from IPFW and married her husband, Steve, in 2005. She attended Reppert Auction school June 2022 and passed her state test July 2022. The couple has two girls; Taylor is a high school student and Ella is a middle school student. Stephanie enjoys spending time watching sports, the outdoors with her husband and their girls. She also enjoys wood working and crafting. Her and her family attend Pathway Community Church.