Our Team

John Nicholls

  • President

John S. Nicholls is President of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, Inc., and oversees all day to day operations of the company. A second generation auctioneer, John earned a BA in Psychology and a MS in Personnel Services. In 1990, John graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and is currently one of the school's featured instructors. John currently conducts over 350 auctions per year for Fortune 500 companies and is a licensed realtor. Under John's leadership, Nicholls Auction was named Business of the Year by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. John is an active member and past President of the National Auctioneers Association, and also holds the following designations:  Graduate of Certified Auctioneers Institute (less than 1% of all auctioneers hold this designation), Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate and Auction Technology Specialist.  John also is a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Auctioneers Association. In addition, John has been a featured speaker at many state auctioneer associations throughout the country. and has had the honor to represent the auction profession on the TODAY Show, the National Association of Realtors Convention, St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, multiple news publications, and on a real estate auction consulting trip to South Africa. John is active at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, VA, and serves on several Boards of Directiors and Advisory Committees in his community. Some of John's honors include the following: 1994 Virginia State Champion Auctioneer, 2003 Virginia Auctioneer of the Year, 2003 World Automobile Auctioneer Champion (Nashville, TN), 2006-07 NAA Men's Division Champion of the International Auctioneer's Championship (Orlando, FL), 2015 National Auto Auction Association's Bernie Hart Memorial Auctioneer of the Year Award, 2016 Virginia Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame Inductee, and World Wide College of Auctioneering Hall of Fame.

Charles Nicholls

  • Founder and Chairman of the Board

Charles Nicholls is the founder and chairman of the board of Nicholls Auction Marketing Group. He, along with his wife Jean, founded the company in 1968 and together they have devoted their professional lives to building a successful business. Charles graduated from the Reisch Auctioneering School (now World Wide College of Auctioneering) in Mason City, IA, in 1968. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the Virginia Auctioneers Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees. For 40 years, Charles Nicholls was the head auctioneer at the two largest auto auctions in the state of Virginia. He is a licensed realtor, a certified appraiser by C.A.G.A., and one of the first holders of the Contract Auction Specialist designation. Charles is a trustee and active member of Spotswood Baptist Church, and he is very active in the Fredericksburg community serving many non-profit organizations for 50 years. He was awarded the Bernie Hart Memorial Award by the National Automobile Auction Association in October 2004 in Nashville, TN. This award recognizes a lifetime of superior achievement, leadership, and overall professionalism in the industry. In 2006, Charles was honored by being named to the Virginia Auctioneer's Hall of Fame. Charles, a gifted teacher and mentor to many, is a true legend in the world of auctioneering.

Shields Jones

  • Director of Marketing

Shields Jones, a graduate of Virginia Tech, joined Nicholls Auction Marketing Group in 1984, after being raised as a second generation auctioneer in the business. Shields is an active member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association, and is currently serving as President. After a stellar career with the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., Shields currently serves as the Director of Marketing for NAMG, and works closely with the day to day operations of the company. Shields possesses an expertise in all forms of Internet and world wide web marketing, print media, public relations, visual and audio media, and various other advertising outlets. He also came to Nicholls with an expertise in antiques and glassware and also works closely with Nicholls' estate auction division. Shields also has a passion for the State 4H programs, and serves several chapters throughout Virginia.

Kelly Strauss

Kelly Strauss is the Northern Neck representative for Nicholls Auction Marketing Group, and the firm's Auction Coordinator. He joined the company in 1998, after graduating from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, IA. He served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Auctioneer's Association, and is an active member of the National Auctioneers Association. In 2000, Kelly was awarded with the title Virginia Rookie Auctioneer of the Year. He was also awarded the 2009/10 Virginia State Champion Auctioneer. In his 25 year sales career, Kelly has attended various sales schools from Birmingham, AL to Dublin, OH. He is active in his church and community serving on the Board of Directors at the King George County YMCA, a past member of the King George County Planning Commission, the King George Chamber of Commerce and was Den Leader for the Cub Scouts. Kelly also holds certification in bi-lingual auctioneering (Spanish) from the World Wide College of Auctioneering. In addition to his love for real estate auctions, Kelly also conducts many automobile auctions for Fortune 500 Companies. He also currently serves as the seller ambassador for the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ; West Palm Beach, FL; Orange County, CA; and Las Vegas, NV.

Craig Damewood

Craig Damewood, a life-long resident of Loudoun County, VA, is a 1978 graduate of Reppert's School of Auctioneering in Auburn, IN. In addition to real estate expertise, Craig has an astute 30 year auction knowledge of antiques, farm and heavy equipment, and estate liquidations. Craig conducts 250+ auctions per year for Fortune 500 companies in Virginia and large corporations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Craig is an active member in the National Auctioneers Association and the Virginia Auctioneers Association where he served as 2004 President , 2005 Chairman of the Board, and numerous committee assignments. Some of Craig's many accomplishments include: 1999 Virginia State Champion Auctioneer, 2003 Virginia Auctioneer of the Year, and 2012 Inductee into the Virginia Auctioneer's Association Hall of Fame.

Tony Wilson

Grover A. "Tony" Wilson is a life-long resident of Orange County Virginia. Tony is a successful business person in the region and has been for over 28 years. In the spring of 2008, Tony was named “Business Person of the Year” by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Tony has an extensive background in marketing, management and sales, including completion of the “Management Success” Training School in Glendale, California. He is a graduate of the Pleasants School of Auctioneering.  Tony is a member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association and currently sets on the board of directors at the state level. Tony holds the following NAA designations CES(Certified Estate Specialist), AARE(Accredited Auctioneer, Real Estate), and ATS (Auction Technology Specialist) and is a licensed realtor.  Tony is very active in community service related activities, and is a life member at his local volunteer fire department where he has held various offices to include Capitan and President.  He also serves on the board of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange County Economic Development Authority. He has been a president of the Virginia Auto Recyclers Association as well as the Orange Business Exchange.

Bill Harlowe

Bill Harlowe brings a storied auction career to the NAMG team. Bill has been a powerful force in the auction community in the Charlottesville and Central Virginia area for over 40 years. Bill was the founder and CEO of the highly respected and successful Harlow-Powell Auction Ltd. Bill is a 1968 graduate of the Reisch School of Auctioneering (now World Wide College of Auctioneering), the prestigious Certified Auctioneers Institute, and the Weaver Real Estate School. An active member of the Virginia Auctioneers Association, Bill has served as President, Board of Directors member, featured seminar instructor, and was honored by being enshrined into the Virginia Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. Bill currently conducts several auctions each week, and is an active member of the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club having served as President and Board member. Bill and his lovely wife, Roberta, are life long residents of the Charlottesville and Fluvanna County area of Virginia, and are active members of Beaver Dam Baptist Church where Bill serves as Deacon and Bible teacher.

Chuck Harlowe

Chuck Harlowe is a second generation auction professional who also is a certified residential real estate appraiser. Chuck graduated from Mendenhall Auction School in 1988, and received his Bachelor's Degree from Randoph Macon College in 1992. Chuck served on the Economic Development Commission for Fluvanna County from 1998-2003, and also served our country in the United States Naval Reserves. Born and raised in the Charlottesville/Fluvanna County area, Chuck brings a wealth of real estate knowledge to the NAMG team. Chuck is a member of Calvary Chapel in Fluvanna, and enjoys coaching Upwards Basketball. Chuck and his lovely wife, Melanie reside in Fluvanna County with their two children, Anthony and Annabelle.

Sid Smyth

Sid Smyth is a lifelong resident of South Central Virginia living in Lunenburg County, VA. Sid has been a full time real estate Broker since 1999. In 2008, Sid received his Master’s Degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in real estate valuation, finance, and development. Sid graduated from the East Coast School of Auctioneering in 2003, is a 2013 graduate of CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) and recently completed his AARE (Accredited Auctioneer in Real Estate) designation. Sid is active in Masons, Boy Scouts and serves on several community boards. He has an office at 1808 Main St. in Victoria, VA, where he represents Nicholls Auction Marketing Group and Long and Foster Realtors.

Tammy Dodson Reid

  • Sales Associate

Tammy Dodson Reid is a life-long resident of the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. Having lived in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange and Spotsylvania counties, Tammy is an established successful business person in the area and has been for over 30 years. Tammy joined Nicholls Auction Marketing Group in 2014 with a diversified background in sales and marketing. She has received various awards throughout her professional career, such as Fredericksburg Area Builders Association “Associate of the Year” (two time recipient) , “Rookie of the Year”, and “Committee Chairman of the Year” to name a few. Tammy and her husband John currently reside in Spotsylvania County.  Together they are very active in the community serving at their church, in the Spotsylvania County Partner in Education program, members of various local organizations such as Fredericksburg Area Builders Association (Board of Directors, Associate Committee, Membership Committee & Ambassador) , Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (Board of Directors & Volunteer) and Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. 

Our people produce first class results

The term “excellence” has been a vital part of our company DNA since our inception in 1968. When we founded NAMG, the tag line “The Auction Professionals” defined our company. As you read about and get to know our team members, we hope excellence and professionalism come to the fore as being, still, the life blood of our firm. We count it a blessing and a privilege to work alongside these fine auction professionals.

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