Meet The Team

Our Company

The goals and founding desires of the firm are to create a company that would always take care of their customers and employees, and create an atmosphere of trust, credibility, and consummate financial responsibility. From the very beginning, the company was built on the Best Names, Reputations & People in the business. Unsurpassed auctioneers, marketing experts, setup & make ready personnel, cashiers, and ringmen with over 500 years of combined Professional Experience make Kruse your obvious auctioneer of choice. Situated in the heart of the oilfield industry, Kruse corporate headquarters are located in Odessa, Texas with equipment yards in Odessa and Oklahoma City.

David Long – Sales/Co-Founder
David Long
David has been the #1 Auction Salesman in West Texas since 1984, possesses an extensive knowledge of the auction industry & oilfield equipment, and has booked over $200 Million in Auctions.
(Professional Experience: 36 Years)
Darrin Hogeboom – Vice President, Sales
Darrin Hogeboom
With over 20 years of experience at Caterpillar, Richie Brothers Auctioneers, John Deere and IronPlanet, Darrin brings his wealth of equipment auction knowledge and sales skills to the Kruse Energy team.
Jim Richie – Chief Auctioneer/Co-Founder
Jim Richie
Since graduating from the Gregg School of Auctioneering in 1981, Jim has been involved in every aspect of the oilfield auction industry from clerking & cashiering to bid calling, earning the buyers’ trust and unequaled credibility from the auctioneer’s podium. Jim is The World’s #1 Energy Auctioneer, One of the Top Auctioneers in the Country, and has been involved in over $2.5 Billion of auction sales.
(Professional Experience: 36 Years)
Scott Felker – Sales/Co-Founder
Scott Felker
Scott has been the # 1 Auction Salesman in Oklahoma from 1984 to 2000, earning a “Salesman of The Decade“ award while booking over $200 Million in auctions. Scott has an MBA in Finance from Hardin Simmons University.
(Professional Experience: 41 Years)
Gary Bergman – General Manager
Gary Bergman
Gary is a graduate of Texas Tech with a Business Degree. As a Co-Founder of Superior Auctioneers & Marketing and then as a partner in a private sales company specializing in oilfield equipment, Gary has in excess of $1 billion of oilfield buying & selling experience . Gary’s brings 34 years of auction and equipment experience to our management team.
(Professional Experience: 44 Years)
Gary Stout – Sales
Gary Stout
Covering Sales in Oklahoma and Kansas for Kruse Energy Auctioneers. Over the last five years Gary has sold over $175 million in his auctions earning him the distinction as the Oklahoma Territory’s Most Successful Energy Salesman.
(Professional Experience: 36 Years)
James Dyess – Auctioneer/Sales
James Dyess
One of the World’s Foremost Energy Auctioneers having sold Over $300 Million at auction. James started in the oilfield in 1967, earned his auctioneers license in 1987, and has a very extensive & broad oilfield knowledge.
(Professional Experience: 49 Years)
Dan Kruse – Auctioneer/Sales
Dan Kruse
As a 3rd generation auctioneer with 40+ years of experience, Dan co-founded Kruse International in 1970. Dan was honored as one of the world’s top 50 auctioneers by Auction World and is recognized internationally for liquidating over 6 billion dollars of equipment. Dan is President/CEO of Dan Kruse Classic Car Productions and Kruse Asset Management.
(Professional Experience: 47 Years)
Larry Mitchell – Auctioneer/Sales
Larry Mitchell
One of the World’s Foremost Energy Auctioneers earning his auctioneers license in 1972 and has sold over $800 Million at auction. Larry started in the oilfield at age 14, received a BBA in Business Administration from Baylor University, and possesses a very extensive equipment knowledge.
(Professional Experience: 45 Years)
George Rich – Sales
George Rich
Covering Set-Ups & Sales in East Texas, George has 20 years experience in the oilfield in Sales and as a fishing tool operator for fishing & rental tool companies. His sincere & quiet demeaner will insure his success and longevity in the auction business.
(Professional Experience: 29 Years)
Tim Archer – Sales
Tim Archer
Performing Sales & Setup duties throughout the U. S. and Canada since 2010, currently in the North East. Tim is a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and the Carver Career Center. He has a well-rounded drilling equipment background with 30 years as a purchasing agent, shop foreman, head mechanic & welder.
(Professional Experience: 37 Years)
Larry Rodgers – Sales & Make Ready
Larry Rodgers
Performing Sales & Setup duties throughout the U.S. and Canada, Larry attended Tarleton State University then started work in the oilfield in 1973. He began his auction career in 1989 and has extensive knowledge of Well Servicing, Production & Drilling Equipment.
(Professional Experience: 43 Years)
JD Metzger – Sales & Make Ready
JD Metzger
Covering Sales & Set-Ups in Oklahoma & the Mid-Continent, JD attended Louisiana Monroe University majoring in Business/Marketing, was a Mini-Tour/Champions Tour Pro Golfer and a Caddie for 12 years.
(Professional Experience: 14 Years)
Jacob Graham – Sales & Make Ready
Jacob Graham
Covering Sales & Set-Ups in Oklahoma & the Mid-Continent, Jacob is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a degree in Economics (Minored In Energy Technology & Management). Jacob also has experience in Software Development and IT.
(Professional Experience: 4 Years)
Eric Dyess – Auctioneer/Sales
Eric Dyess
Covering Sales & Set-Ups in West Texas, Eric is a graduate of Tarleton State University and the Texas Auctioneering Academy. His background includes teaching mathematics, banking, real estate, and auctions.
(Professional Experience: 19 Years)
Mitchell Long – Sales & Make Ready
Mitchell Long
Covering Sales & Set-Ups in West Texas, Mitchell graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in Sociology. Mitchell has worked in the auction business for over 11 years while attending high school and college.
(Professional Experience: 11 Years)
Doug King – Sales
Doug King
Covering Sales in the Rocky Mountains for Kruse Energy Auctioneers, Doug has an extensive customer-oriented background in management, retail, work truck up-fitting and construction products. Prior experience also includes time with a Caterpillar dealership and IronPlanet.
Patrick Perryman – IT & Marketing
Patrick Perryman
Handling Marketing & Internet Technology for Kruse Energy Auctioneers. Patrick’s “Award Winning” brochures distinguish Kruse as the Industry Leader in conducting Energy Auctions. He also has an extensive background in appraisals and sales. Patrick has a BS from Texas A & M University.
(Professional Experience: 34 Years)
Justin Barrett – Accounts Payable/Administrator
Justin Barrett
Administrator & Sales Clerk for Kruse Energy Auctioneers and has been in the auction industry since 2002. He is retired from AEP/PSO Electric Company, has lived in Oklahoma since 1977 and currently resides in Tulsa, OK.
(Professional Experience: 43 Years)
Kenny Garman – Professional Ringman
Kenny Garman
Full-Time Ringman for Kruse Energy Auctioneers and Recognized as one of the Top 2 Energy & Collector Car Ringman in the World. Kenny, working along side Marty Hill, results in the oilfield auction industry’s Best 1-2 punch for ring work. Kenny has a BS in Finance from Ohio State University.
(Professional Experience: 26 Years)
Marty Hill – Professional Ringman
Marty Hill
Full-Time Ringman for Kruse Energy Auctioneers and Recognized as one of the Top 2 Energy & Collector Car Ringman in the World. Marty, working along side Kenny Garman, results in the oilfield auction industry’s Best 1-2 punch for ring work. Marty attended the University of Oklahoma and has an Associates Degree in Science from Coffeyville Community College.
(Professional Experience: 24 Years)
Dylan Hall – Auctioneer/Ringman
Dylan Hall - Make Ready
Currently works for Kruse as an Auctioneer & Ringman and is a 2008 graduate of The Worldwide College of Auctioneering. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and has worked auctions since 2008. Dylan is also a Bluegrass and Country recording artist!
(Professional Experience: 10 Years)
Jeff Dority – Odessa Yard Manager
Jeff Dority
Jeff has been our Odessa Yard Manager for over two years. He attended Midland College and has extensive background in trailer sales, telecommunications and roughnecking.
(Professional Experience: 21 Years)
Sue Schmidt – Head Cashier
Sue Schmidt
Head Cashier for Kruse Energy Auctioneers. Sue’s bubbly personality and attention to detail shows as she is respected as the Top Energy Cashier in the business. She has worked in the Construction & Auction industries since 1979.
(Professional Experience: 41 Years)
Paula Walton – Assistant Cashier
Paula Walton
Paula serves as our Assistant Cashier having worked in the auction business over 7 years. She attended Mt. Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts and then served active duty in the U.S. Army. Her 22 plus years specializing in legal and contract negotiations with the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the Burlington Northern Railroad well equips Paula for her current position with Kruse.
(Professional Experience: 36 Years)
Rachel Schmidt – Assistant Cashier
Rachel Schmidt
Prior to performing her Assistant Cashier duties for Kruse, Rachel graduated from Concordia University and earned two (2) Master’s degrees from University of North Carolina! Her academia experiences include years as a college instructor, writing consultant, and tutor.
(Professional Experience: 10 Years)
Monica Lopez – OKC Office Coordinator
Monica Lopez
Our OKC Office Coordinator and Assistant Auction Cashier. Monica attended Seward County Community College followed by years as a grant writer, a Kansas realtor, and a successful small business owner.
(Professional Experience: 29 Years)
Debbie Dare – Odessa Office Coordinator
Debbie Dare
Working as an Administrative Assistant in our Odessa office, Debbie attended Midwestern State University and has an extensive background in Human Resources, Oilfield Quality Control, and Customer Service.
(Professional Experience: 35 Years)
Amy Chavarria – Odessa Office Admin
Amy Chavarria
Amy is the Office Administrator and Title Clerk for the Odessa office with over 5 years in the auction business. She attended Odessa College and UTPB with a working background as a legal assistant and telecommunications expert.
(Professional Experience: 17 Years)
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11611 County Rd 128 West
Odessa, TX 79765
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