The Midwest’s leader in industrial auctions.

Our Mission

  • Conduct all auctions, appraisals, and business transactions with absolute integrity.
  • Give 100% of our efforts and abilities to maximize revenue for our clients at Public Auction.
  • Offer “added value” to our clients by cultivating trustworthy relationships with the buyers who attend our auctions.
  • Have a “No Surprise” relationship with our clients by offering accurate estimates of potential auction proceeds.


Our Team


Steve Thompson


Steve began Thompson Auctioneers, Inc. in 1982 and has become well-known throughout the Machinery and Equipment Industry. Clients include bankers, bankruptcy trustees, machinery dealers and financial institutions. Steve is a member of the Industrial Auctioneer’s Association (IAA), Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA), the Ohio Auctioneers’ Association (OAA), the National Auctioneer’s Association (NAA), and the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers (AMEA).


Bryan Harvey

Vice President/Business Development

Bryan has been active in the Machine Tool and Auction Industry for 23 years. During this time, Bryan has negotiated the sale and purchase of thousands of machine tools, has liquidated numerous industrial facilities, and has coordinated auction sales for many Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions. As a Certified Appraiser, Bryan is active in the Association of Machinery and Equipment Appraisers (AMEA), as well as the Machinery Dealer’s National Association (MDNA).


Kent Jones

Sales/Project Manager

Kent has over 20 years of experience in Industrial Sales/Account Management, and is responsible for Auction Sales and Asset Recovery Programs. Kent works with Banks, Asset Based Lenders, Financial Institutions, Receivers, Turnaround Firms and Wind-Down Consultants. Kent is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Tri State Association for Corporate Renewal (TACR) and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (EFLA).

Key Associations


MDNA – Machinery Dealers National Association

We often cooperate with Machinery dealers to conduct auctions of surplus assets. We have assisted with liquidating large quantities of machinery, and in-turn, they have helped us find buyers for hard to sell machines. The MDNA and its membership adhere to high standards of integrity and professionalism. It is a privilege to be associated with this organization.


AMEA – Association of Machinery & Equipment Appraisers

We have expertise in most types of commercial & industrial equipment and machinery. We provide appraisal services for most major banks and lending institutions, The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and a multitude of private business owners.


CAI – Certified Auctioneer’s Institute

Dedicated to ethics and professionalism in the auction business our association with the CAI keeps us abreast of the business trends that effect our business.


NAA – National Auctioneer’s Association

The NAA is dedicated to providing members with educational programming and resources to help them advance personally and in the industry. Members of the NAA abide by a strict Code of Ethics and are connected with an extensive network of auction professionals.