YOUNGSTOWN – George Roman Auctioneers has been a family business for over 70 years. It started with George Roman, who was reared on the family farm and attended many auctions with his father while growing up.
After serving in the Navy, he returned home to the Poland-Struthers area. George had several different jobs and worked for a few other auctioneers before obtaining his auctioneer’s license in 1950.
He would auction whatever a seller wanted to sell when he first started. Within 10 years, the auction company become his full-time job.
George’s two sons, George and Ronald, joined their father’s auction company in the 1970s, after graduating from Youngstown State University. With three full-time auctioneers, the business grew at a rapid pace.
George Roman Auctioneers added its third generation in 1998 with the addition of his grandson, Chris Roman. George, Debbie, Ronald and Chris Roman continue to operate the auction business today.
Six years ago, the transition from all live onsite auctions to online auctions brought about the largest change in the operations. Today, the Romans conduct auctions almost exclusively online, the exceptions being a monthly vehicle auction and real estate auctions.