Brent Wears

Founder, President, Principal Auctioneer

Brent Wears CAI, AARE, CES
Founder, President, Principal Auctioneer

Brent Wears is the founder, owner and principal auctioneer for Wears Auctioneering INC. Brent’s interest in the trade started in High School. He explored various auction schools with the help of his guidance counselor and chose to attend Reisch Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City Iowa in 1979. Brent credits his extensive background in high school drama and vocal music as helping to enhance his skills as an auctioneer. Following college he began selling at weekly auctions for Bill Ellison, Ellison Auction Company. He continued to hone his skills by assisting other auctioneers until 1985 when he founded Wears Auctioneering. Under Brent’s leadership Wears Auctioneering has become the leader in innovative auction services in eastern Iowa. Brent has served as Iowa Auctioneers Association Vice President, President, Board member and Chairman of the Board and was inducted into the Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in 1998. Brent was selected as Chairman of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) election committee, served as the Iowa Ambassador to the NAA, served as an NAA Mentor as well as being elected to the Wyoming Auctioneers Association Board of Directors. Brent was the first Iowa Auctioneer to have earned three certifications from the NAA. These certifications include Acredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE), Certified Estate Specialist (CES) and Certified Auctioneer of Real Estate (CAI). Brent is truly on the leading edge of his business and is one of 2 Iowa Auctioneers with CES, 4 with AARE and 9 with CAI, which is a 3 year course of study at Indiana University. Brent is also in the process of earning the Auction Technology Specialist (ATS) designation as he completed coursework in July 2012. Brent is committed to providing his customers and buyers with innovative full service auctions with integrity and personalized, caring service.

Life Member: National Auctioneers Association
Member: Iowa Auctioneers Association
Member: Iowa Association of Realtors
Member: Wyoming Auctioneers Association
Licensed Iowa Real Estate Broker
Elected and served 3 year term on the Iowa Auctioneers Association Board of Directors 1989
Elected and served as Vice-President the Iowa Auctioneers Association
Elected and served as President Elect of the Iowa Auctioneers Association
Elected and served as President of the Iowa Auctioneers Association
Served as Chairman of the Board for the Iowa Auctioneers Association
Earned Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) Designation (3 year course of Study at Indiana University)
Earned Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE) Designation
Earned the Certified Estate Specialist (CES) Designation
Pending Auction Technology Specialist (ATS) Designation
Inducted in to the Iowa Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame 1998
Iowa Bid Calling Champion 2001
Election Chairman for National Auctioneers Association 2010, 2011, 2012
Elected to 2 year term on Wyoming Auctioneers Association Board of Directors in 2011/2012
Served as Iowa Ambassador for the NAA Membership Committee
Served as a National Auctioneers Association Mentor
Winner of Multiple State and National Advertising Contest Awards (Wears Auctioneering)
Founding member of Solon Dollars for Scholars
Elected to second term on Johnson Country Fair Board
Only Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area Auctioneer practicing solely in the auction field.
Youngest person to hold office of President in 50 year history of IAA



Brian Tompkins


Brian has worked for Wears Auctioneering since the age of 9. He started out as a ticket runner when the company used paper clerking. Since that time he has worked to build his skills in the family auction business to be able to work in all of the positions needed on auction day. He tackled the last remaining role and became an auctioneer after attending World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2007.
Brian has worked with technology in and out of the auction business and played a key role in bringing wireless clerking, computerized cashiering and online auction services into the company's portfolio.
Brian enjoys the auction business and selling antiques, household and real estate as well as helping organizations realize their goals through benefit auctions. Helping to bring buyers and sellers together and get the best price for both gives him a sense of accomplishment. He feels that every auction brings new faces and products that have a rich history and stories which make every auction day an education in itself.
Brian is a member of the Iowa Auctioneers Association and a 2012 Iowa Auctioneers Contest finalist.

Emily Wears


Emily Wears is a second-generation auctioneer. She began her career as a clerk, cashier, and bid assistant at Wears Auctioneering. In 2007, at the age of 17, Emily followed in the footsteps of her father by attending the World Wide College of Auctioneering to learn the trade of auctioneering. She continued working regularly for Wears Auctioneering as an auctioneer and joined the Iowa and National Auctioneers Associations. In 2008, she was named first runner up in the International Junior Auctioneer’s Contest in Nashville, Tennessee. In August 2009 Emily became the youngest person, and only the second woman ever, to win the Iowa Auctioneers Contest. In 2009 Emily moved to Wyoming to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming . She joined the Wyoming and Colorado Auctioneers Associations and was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2010 Wyoming Auctioneers Association annual convention. In January 2012, Emily was honored to be the first woman and first out-of-state member to win the Colorado Auctioneers Contest. In addition to her state championships, Emily is a two time International Auctioneer Championship Finalist. Emily has completed course work and has earned the designation “BAS” (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist) from the National Auctioneers Association as well as coursework for the "ATS" (Auction Technology Specialist) designations. Emily provides valuable services to Wears Aucitoneering as a western states representative as she continues to ply her trade at benefit and general auctions in Colorado and Wyoming.