About Us

Founded in 1998

Official Auctions, Inc. specializes in the sale of all types of Real Estate as well as Federal, State & Local Government, Corporate, Institutional, Fleet and Personal assets ranging from Heavy Equipment to Business Liquidations and Estate sales. We are uniquely poised to offer the resources of our extensive experience, convenient location, multi-media marketing and personal attention to the details of every auction we conduct.

Our proven online marketing program surfaces the maximum number of potential buyers and generate intense interest in the assets we sell for our clients. The online-only or live auction methods creates excitement and urgency among those who will ultimately compete to own those assets.

Our core values are: Principles, Inspiration, Results, Relationships.

Providing Excellence. Every Time.

We have a large client base in banking, accountants, law firms, bankruptcy trustees, estate and financial planners, courts, corporations, small businesses and individual sellers. OAI also engages in government auction contracts at the city, county, state and federal levels.


We partner with The Solutions Group KC to provide real estate services including incentives, brokerage, financing, comprehensive transaction services, appraisal services, strategic consulting, and property management. Our licensed professionals are ready to service all of your Auction & Real Estate needs in Kansas City, the Midwest, the U.S. or Worldwide.

Our Team

President

Wes Schlobohm

Auction Manager

Taylor Kent

Supervisor

Megan Baker

Videographer

Josh Atkinson

Executive VP of Real Estate and Sales

Steve Cooney

Marketing Intern

Madeleine Pare

President

Wes Schlobohm

Wes Schlobohm is the founder and President of Official Auctions, Inc. As the Official Auctioneer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri for the last 20 years, Wes facilitates auctions for the Kansas City, Missouri Tow Lot with annual revenues north of $4,000,000. 

Currently engaged in creating a real estate auction and development platform with KCMO to solve a longstanding vacant land and dilapidated structure problem and simultaneously address the shortage of workforce housing.

Auction Manager

Taylor Kent

Taylor manages the monthly auto auction and the Kansas City Police Impound Lot. This includes overseeing on-site operations, resolving disputes, troubleshooting, training employees, and working with the Impound Lot staff to manage operations and resolve problems.

He is also an expert in maintaining, troubleshooting, and improving the auction process, the website, our internal data storage system, information security protocols, and training manuals.

Supervisor

Megan Baker

Megan Baker is the lead cashier at the Kansas City Police Impound Lot auction. She is responsible for customer interactions and support, including auction registration and viewing. Megan also handles auction uploading, clerking, invoicing, and payment collection.

Videographer

Josh Atkinson

Joshua Atkinson is the founder of TRP Productions LLC, a photography and videography company serving the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. His company exists to empower others to be authentic versions of themselves. Joshua has experience with portraits, events, and corporate photography, both indoors and outdoors.

Executive VP of Real Estate and Sales

Steve Cooney

Steve is originally a native of Chicago, Illinois and started working in the auction industry in June 2002 after owning a successful insurance adjusting company.

Previous employment included a successful and decorated military career through most of the 1970’s and 1980’s. After his military experience ended he worked for a large healthcare subrogation company where he rapidly advanced to a management position, in which he supervised and directed customer service activities for the company. His vast experience in the insurance industry led him to a successful tenure with a national adjusting company before finally opening his own firm in the mid 1990’s.

Steve’s military career took him to Korea, Japan, Europe and Honduras for several successful tours of duty, in addition to several stateside assignments including 4 years with the Presidential Honor Guard, and participated in honoring fallen veterans in Arlington National Cemetery as well as the surrounding communities in Virginia and Maryland, as well as special ceremonies in the Washington D.C. area.

Steve completed the three year process of Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) training, which is offered through the University of Indiana in conjunction with the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute. He has been awarded the designation of CAI which is considered the most prestigious designation offered to auctioneers. He is a licensed auctioneer in Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also holds real estate licenses in Kentucky and North Carolina.

Steve currently serves as a Trustee at Faith Harbor United Methodist Church in Surf City, North Carolina and previously served as the Chairman of the Deconate at Westfield Baptist Church in Dunn, his former church. He also sits on a number of committees for the church.

Steve resides in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina with his wife Vicky who is a remote loan underwriter after having been a successful community banker for over 40 years. Steve’s recreational time is spent mainly at the beach in North Carolina or on the golf course; he is an avid golfer and sports fan. Steve and Vicky have one son, Steven II, who is a Chief Petty Officer currently serving in the United States Navy. Steve and Vicky have four grandsons – Landon, Collin, Cohen, and Grayson. They also have a very spoiled but beautiful yellow Lab “Pan”.

Marketing Intern

Madeleine Pare

Maddie Pare is an intern with OAI through Mizzou’s marketing internship program. She participated in the recent rebranding of the company, as well as marketing strategy meetings and daily operations. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree from the university.

The Marknet Alliance Advantage

We are a member of the Marknet Alliance – a national network of auction companies sharing technology, resources, and expertise to provide the ultimate service to clients.

65 member auction companies in 27 states

700,000 registered bidders

1.2 million website visitors each month

200,000 email blast subscribers

$1 billion in assets sold yearly

6,000 auctions conducted annually

Over 3,000 pieces of real estate sold each year

Sold more than 50,000 acres annually