Our Team

Our Team

We have a full auction staff including professional auctioneers, bid assistants, clerks, ad designers, cashiers, paralegals, marketing specialists, photographers, and even a drone pilot. Our staff regularly attends trade shows and association events, and has built a large network of colleagues that specializes in all types and aspects of the auction business.

Ron Young

  • Co-Founder, Auctioneer, Broker, President

Ron obtained his real estate license in 2005 and has been very successful in traditional real estate sales. Ron attended the distinguished Nashville Auction School in 2014 and has attended multiple advanced bid-calling summits hosted by instructors who are world champion bid-callers from all over the country. In 2018, he won the Alabama Auctioneers Association’s Grand Championship as Junior Champion. Ron’s commitment to excellence is further shown by his commitment to the CAI program, the National Association of Auctioneers most prestigious designation. CAI is a three-year program in which Ron has completed in his Second year.

He is also the lead appraiser for the personal property appraiser service we offer. Ron has sold millions of dollars worth of assets. When not working, Ron enjoys working on their farm and riding horses with his wife, Rita.

Credentials: 

  • CAI - Certified Auctioneer Institute Candidate for (Class lII) National Auctioneers highest Designation
  • AMM- Auction Media Marketing - Designation by National Auctioneers Association
  • GPPA – Graduate Personal Property Appraiser – Designation by National Auctioneers Association
  • USPAP – Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice  
  • Member of Alabama Forest Owner’s Association
  • Member of Alabama Auctioneers Association
  • Member of Alabama Auctioneers Association Board of Directors
  • Member of National Auctioneers Association
  • Champion Auctioneer awarded by Alabama Auctioneers Association
  • Member of National Association of Realtors
  • Member Alabama Association of Realtors
  • Member Birmingham Association of Realtors
  • Member Birmingham Association of Realtors Board of Directors
  • Has sold over $100 Million dollars in real estate
  • Licensed Alabama Real Estate Broker
  • Licensed Alabama Auctioneer
  • Licensed Georgia Auctioneer

Rita Young

  • Co-Founder, REALTOR, Paralegal, Marketing Specialist

Rita has over 22 years experience as a paralegal. Her sense of detail is unparalleled. Rita joined the team in 2014, and later obtained her Alabama Real Estate license. Rita handles and coordinates the marketing and logistics for each auction. On auction day she becomes one of the most important folks in the company by managing the behind the scenes tasks. Rita is a member of the NAA (National Auctioneers Association) and has completed her AMM Auction Marketing Management designation course work. Rita also is member of the National Association of Realtors and the Alabama Association of Realtors. When not at work Rita enjoys hanging out with Ron and her Austrian Shepard Sallie Mae. Rita also loves the outdoors and is an avid horseback rider.


Jimmy Fetner, Jr.

  • Auctioneer, Ringman, REALTOR

Jimmy has been involved in the auction business from a very young age. He is a professional Auctioneer/Ringman and works all over the Southeast. Jimmy obtained his Auctioneer license in 2013, and his real estate license in 2018. Jimmy enjoys working the auction day crowds. When he isn’t working, Jimmy enjoys his farm and offers professional guided hunts for those who enjoy the outdoors.


Steven Mattis

  • Auctioneer/Ringman

Steven is a Professional Auctioneer/Ringman. Steven and Jimmy travel together working auctions all over the Southeast. He joined the team in 2017, and has become a valued asset.


Frances Whaley

  • Office Manager

Frances is the office manager and part of the logistical support staff. She has a background in business and office management.  Frances assists on auction day and throught out the auction process in various positions. When she is not working Frances enjoys spending time with her three boys.


Johnathon Fetner

  • Equipment Sales/Ringman

Johnathon has been working for Southern Auction Solutions since childhood. He started helping place auction signs and worked his way into a ringman position and then into sales. He has been around auctions all his life and is a natural salesman. Johnathon is very detailed and task oriented. He is currently assigned to the auctiontime.com platform and the equipment division of Southern Auction Solutions. When he isn’t working he enjoys riding and training horses and training hunting dogs.