JEFF CATES – President, Chief Auctioneer
As the third-generation owner, Jeff has been involved in the auction industry his entire life and has had the unusual opportunity to learn from the best. He is a former Missouri State Champion Auctioneer and has been a finalist in the International competition. Jeff served as an instructor at the Missouri Auction School and has earned coveted designations as “Certified Auctioneer”, “Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate”, and “Certified Estate Specialist”. He is also a licensed Real Estate Broker in Missouri and Kansas.
CHANDLER CATES – Digital Marketing, Data Analytics, and Innovation Analyst
Chandler graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Finance and began
his career in advertising technology in Chicago, IL. He is completing a certification in Computer Science
from the Harvard Extension School. Prior to joining Cates Auction, he was an Optimization Analyst for
an industry-leading ad tech firm where he worked with multi-million dollar, multi-channel campaigns and
collaborated in building the company’s first proprietary Marketing Intelligence platform.
Representing the 4th generation of the Cates family, Chandler is responsible for applying his expertise in
advertising technology and data-driven marketing to continue building the Cates brand and ensuring
that each auction property benefits from the most effective, cutting-edge technology available.
KIM MANGUM – Administrative & Marketing Assistant
Kim is responsible for the smooth administration of the many details behind the scenes of every successful auction event. This includes front line customer service, document and file management, coordination of open houses and closings, as well as communication with buyers and sellers throughout the process.
Prior to joining Cates, she worked as an office manager and administrative assistant, as well as performing job costing for the largest HVAC company in the KC metro area. Cates’ staff, vendors, clients, and customers all depend on Kim’s pleasant demeanor and firm attention to detail to keep things on track!
CARRIE DILBECK – REALTOR® / Online Estate Auction Specialist
Cell phone: 816-813-8873
Every personal property auction is unique and requires a broad range of expertise for both strategy and execution –all in a short turnaround time. Carrie is perfectly suited to this ever-changing environment. As a retail business owner and as general manager of a prominent regional jazz club and restaurant, she perfected the art of managing competing priorities, developing high performing teams, and balancing the urgent with the important.
Carrie and her crew are experts in sorting, lotting, photographing and describing personal property items for Cates’ online auctions. Bidders appreciate the thorough information and excellent customer service, while sellers appreciate the price realization achieved for their belongings.
DENNIS LOLLAR – Auction Logistics Specialist
Dennis began his career with Cates Auction as a part-time contractor assisting behind the scenes with a variety of auction production details. Eventually, he accepted a full-time position on the Cates team as Auction Logistics Coordinator. His experience in large event production, volunteer service, and major maintenance projects, along with his penchant for planning serve him well in this role. He is responsible for the myriad of details in managing properties, coordinating signage, maintaining Cates’ equipment and vehicles, and directing auction day operations.
RAY BUCKLEW – REALTOR® / Real Estate Auction Specialist
Cell phone: 816-695-2163
Ray’s sales and marketing career in the financial services sector spans thirty years including ten years with a Fortune 100 company. A top producer in financial services including commercial mortgage and capital lending, risk management, complex estate and succession planning, Ray has an established history of solving his clients’ problems.
Ray channeled this expertise into the real estate field and became a licensed Realtor in Missouri and Kansas. To offer a truly unique solution (and turn a lifelong interest into a niche career) he decided to specialize in real estate auctions, graduating from the Missouri Auction School in 2009. His background is a natural springboard to his specialization in commercial real estate, consulting with brokers and representing owners of commercial properties as they turn to the benefits of auction. Ray currently serves on the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® “Government Affairs Committee.” Learn more about Ray