Mitchell Funk graduated from Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in 1990. He acquired a nickname right out of school, "Colonel Funk". The "Colonel" title is a part of every auctioneer in Virginia. This tradition stems back from the Civil War days when only Colonels in the Army were allowed to sell goods at auction.
Each year in January, Mitchell attends the Virginia Auctioneers Association Convention to achieve 10 hours of education which is mandatory, and to keep abreast of law changes. He has also learned much from the nations' leading auctioneers that have held seminars on all aspects of the auction business.
Mitchell has been a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association for many years. He was the 2001-2002 Virginia State Champion auctioneer, and has won numerous awards in advertising from newspaper articles to 4 color brochures for farm and estate liquidations.
Since 1990 Mitchell has constantly tried to improve his business for his clients and employees.He has recently purchased a Topper truck to sell machinery from, and a 20' field office for cashiering and auction registration.
Mitchell is always paying credit his lovely wife, Susan, and his staff for all the help and assistance supplied by them. He will be the first to tell you "I couldn't do it without them".
So, if you enjoy going to auctions, or if you've never been to an auction, please come if not to buy, then just to have a good time. The "Colonel" has a way of making you laugh, and brings out the bid in everyone!