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Our Team



Biography:   “David Whitaker” –  Auctioneer/ Owner/ Principal Broker

After watching Phil Schooley and Jon Schaben sell cattle at the auction where he was selling his personal livestock, David decided he would like to learn to become an auctioneer. Having no previous family or any other ties to the auction industry, just an incredible urge to try, he attended Missouri Auction School. After completion of the school, he started to work for a couple of local auctioneers and every once in a while I would sell cattle at Dunlap Livestock. Since then he has started with his wife Ann, an Auction & Real estate group selling everything from livestock to real estate. “Whitaker Marketing Group”

David, in November 2010 became a licensed real estate salesperson at the company’s central Iowa office. David has a diverse complement of education and work experience.

Auctioneering and real estate courses over the years have given David the ability to work as a contract auctioneer in all types of auctions state wide. While selling farm machinery, antiques, livestock, estate, benefit, and real estate auctions, David gained the experience needed to start his personal auction company.  He has a background in farming/ ranching, and livestock. David and his wife, Ann, managed a purebred Angus herd in Ames, IA area where they still live today. They have one son named, Colton. David is active in the Realtor Land institute, Iowa Auctioneers Association and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

David is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Iowa

Education Bismarck State College, Bismarck, North Dakota, AAS
Missouri Auction School, St. Louis, Missouri
Iowa Association of Realtors


2016 Canadian Western Agribition Champion
2016  US Bid Calling Champion 1st runner up
2015 US Bid Calling Champion 1st runner up
2015  Midwest Auctioneers Roundup 1st runner up
2015  Mule Day Champion Auctioneer
2014  International Auctioneer Finalist (Top 10)
2014   World livestock Auctioneer Spokesman (Interview Top Score)
2014   Nebraska State Champion Auctioneer
2014   Mule day Reserve Champion Auctioneer
2014   World Livestock Auctioneer Champion Qualifier (Top 10)
2013   Nebraska Champion Ringman
2013   Nebraska Reserve Champion Auctioneer
2012   Missouri State Champion Auctioneer
2012   International Livestock Rookie Auctioneer Champion
2012   Finalist International Auctioneers Championship
2012   Missouri Bid Calling Finalist (Top 5)
2011   Iowa State Champion Auctioneer
2011   Nebraska Bid Calling Finalist
2011   Nebraska Rookie of the year
2009  1st Runner-Up  State Champion Auctioneer



Biography:   “Ann Whitaker” –  Auction Manager/ OwnerAnn Whitaker


Ann has been working along side David for many years building their company. “Whitaker Marketing Group”

Auctioneering with David over the years has given Ann the ability to work in all types of auctions. While assisting in  selling  auctions, Ann gained the experience needed to keep the backbone of the auction company thriving.  She has a background in farming/ ranching, and livestock. Ann, since the age of 8 has managed a purebred Angus herd in Iowa.

Education Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, BS in Animal Science




Biography: “Merle Witt” -Western Iowa Auction Representative Witt_Merle_web1

Witt began working as a staff member with the ICA in 1998. His duties range from membership coordination to organizing several different events throughout the year.

He has a background in farming/ ranching, and livestock. Merle and his wife, Diane, managed a purebred Angus herd in Arcadia, IA area where they still live today. Merle is now working with Whitaker Marketing Group, assisting with auctions and  helping you sell your faming assets.  

Education Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, BS in Animal Science