About Our School
Auctions are our specialty, training auctioneers is our profession. Auctioneering is one of the greatest professions of our time. Our Auction school trains anyone how to become a professional auctioneer. Auction schools are a necessity for a person to study the laws and rules that govern a professional auction. We are the oldest auction school in South Carolina, just having completed our 34th year of training professional auctioneers and pride ourselves on the wide variety of course offerings. We are approved in most states. Call for information regarding Vocational Rehabilitation requirements. Students will learn bid calling, business management, auction law and specific auction field information. Southeastern School of Auctioneering is a part of the Meares Auction Group which is celebrating its 38th year in the Auction profession!
Our Instructors and Team
Larry J. Meares
Owner and President of Meares Company, Inc,
Larry Meares has been an auctioneer since 1973. He is a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker in SC, NC, and GA. He is a member of the South Carolina Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame. He served on the South Carolina Auctioneer’s Commission. He is also a part of the National Auctioneer’s Association, as well as SC, NC, and GA state associations. He is a past president of the SCAA. He is involved in all aspects of the auction school.Larry J. Meares
CEO/President – Meares Auction Group
David J. Meares has been an auctioneer for 37 years, is licensed in 3 states, and is a member of the National, SC, and NC, Auctioneers Associations. David is the bid calling instructor, teaches machine shop, farm/heavy equipment classes, and is a 3 time SC Bid Calling Champion. David is also past president of the SC Auctioneers Association.
Faye K. Meares
Vice President of First Citizens Bank and Trust
Faye Meares has been an instructor since 1984. She has been in the banking business for over 40 years and teaches banking for auctioneers.
Auctioneer/Bid Assistant/Clerk at Meares Auctions, High School Math Teacher
Bryan Meares has been a licensed auctioneer since 2009. He graduated from Charleston Southern University. He is the math instructor in the auction school.
James Bryan Hope
Owner of Bryan Hope Auction Company
Bryan Hope has been a licensed auctioneer since 2006. He is a member of the South Carolina Auctioneers Association and a past SCAA Bid Calling Champion. He is the cattle and tobacco instructor in the auction school.
COO Meares Auction Group
Darron Meares is a licensed auctioneer with 15+ years of experience. He is a member of the National and South Carolina Auctioneers Associations. He is on the NAA Education Committee, a past board member of the NAA, a SC auctioneer champion, and a real estate broker in SC and NC. Darron teaches auction law, internet auctions, advertising, and other subjects in the auction school.
Lanny W Balentine
Operations Manager Meares Land & Auction
Lanny Balentine is a licensed auctioneer and real estate broker. He is a graduate of Wofford College and a member of the SCAA. Lanny teaches contracts, settlements, cost of doing business, and other subjects in the auction school
Robert E. Howard
President of the Greenville Tech Foundation
Robert Howard is a licensed auctioneer. He is the motivation instructor in the auction school.
Account Executive at Jackson Marketing Group
Daniel has been a licensed auctioneer since 2014. He is an art auctioneer and an art dealer for the largest privately owned art gallery in the world.
He is the art instructor for the auction school.