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Steven J. Peterson

I have lived in Oakland, NE my whole life. That is where I was raised by father and mother, Del and Joanne Peterson, who founded Del Peterson and Associates back in 1972. I graduated from Oakland, NE and headed to study and play football at the University of Omaha Nebraska. After an injury and the recommendation of my father I left to go work at Del Peterson and Associates in 1984. I learned a lot from my dad in those years about what makes a great leader, business, entrepreneurship, and pleasing our customers. I eventually became acting CEO in 1994. Since then we have built our organization into an international auction company, moved our services online, and abbreviated our name to DPA Auctions. Just like my father did for me, I wanted to provide for my family. My favorite things in life are taking trips to Disney World, being a pilot, and spending time with my wife and 4 kids.


Vice President

Steve Prenzlow

Growing up in the small town of Snyder, Nebraska, I learned the ins and outs of my father’s meat processing business.  With two brothers already involved in the family business, I headed to college to get a degree in Business from the University of Nebraska – Omaha.  My best decision was to marry my high school sweetheart, Kim.  We have been blessed with three children; Nick, Grant, and Morgan – all married.  Currently, we have three grandchildren.  In 1987, I began working with Del Peterson & Associates.  I attended the “Del Peterson” School of Auctioneers.  Del took me into his office and had me “sell” everything from pens to caps to his desk, until I passed the test!   Even more than auctioneering, I love all the relationships I have built over the years with people from “mom and pop” companies to the big conglomerates.  When I am not on the road, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends at the lake or on the golf course.


Vice President of Sales

Doug Rickett

Growing up in the small town of Ponca, located in Northeast Nebraska, I have always been involved in agriculture – row crop farming, farrow to finish hog operation and a cow/calf operation. My wife, Jody, and I have lived our whole lives just outside of the city limits where we raised our family of four children-now all married.  We get to enjoy our 7 grandchildren on a daily basis.  I truly believe there is no better place to raise a family than the farm life of small-town Nebraska.  In 1986, I attended auction school and have been involved in auctions ever since.  My tenure with DPA Auctions began in 1989 and has been a great fit as my primary focus at the company is with our agriculture clients.  I enjoy meeting with clients and have formed many long-standing business relationships.  It’s interest to see how similar operations vary and work efficiently.   With so many miles traveled up and down the road, I have earned the nickname “King of the Road.”   The auction business, like so many other things, has seen many changes.  It’s still a joy to work through the challenges, meet more people and see more highway.  I am looking forward to several more years at DPA Auctions and hopefully our paths will cross soon.


Territory Manager

Nick Prenzlow

I grew up in the small town of Oakland, Nebraska and have lived in Nebraska my entire life with no regrets and will always call this place home. After graduating from Oakland-Craig High School, I attended Midland University and graduated with a degree in Business Management – Marketing. In 2006, I began working for DPA Auctions and have never looked back. Since then, I have enjoyed being a part of this company that values its employees as much as its customers. Being with DPA has taught me the value of a family business as well as the vast knowledge it takes to be successful in the auction industry; including but not limited to establishing buyer and seller relationships, determining equipment values and market trends. I take pride in being part of a company that has brought buyers and sellers together for decades and will continue to do so for decades to come. My wife, Valerie, and I met in high school and were married in 2009.  We have been blessed with two amazing children, Brenna and David. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching sports and playing golf.


Director of Business Development

Brandon Peterson

Growing up I had the opportunity to watch my grandfather Del Peterson hand off the company to my father Steve Peterson and build it into the family oriented company it is today. I grew up in Oakland, NE, a small town in northeast Nebraska. There I learned about community and what it means to love and work for your neighbor. It is that philosophy that I carried over into my business life. I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a major in Business Administration and minor in Psychology. I have experience in the gym industry, coworking and consulting industry, security industry, and nonprofit sector. Through my work experience I have learned to appreciate the customer above all else because without them there is no business. I have a wife and two dogs. In our free time we love to travel. An experience is worth more to us than any tangible thing this world can give.


Marketing Specialist/Territory Rep

Tanner Rickett

It’s all in the Family!  I’m from a farm in Ponca, Nebraska where family and community are very important which has helped me in sharing these values with clients and customers alike. My father is an auctioneer and I grew up going to household sales and sale barns.  I started working with DPA auctions when I was in high school cleaning combines and setting up auctions but, now I work with our Sales and Marketing teams to help get the word out about DPA Auctions!  My favorite part about working here is the relationships that I’ve cultivated with clients along the way.  I’ve been fortunate to be with this company for over 10 years and really enjoy the family environment it provides for not only me but, my family as well.  I currently live in Omaha, Nebraska with my wife, Samantha.  We enjoy traveling the globe, Husker Football, and spending time with friends and family.


Digital Marketing Specialist

Carly Gross

I am a Fremont, Nebraska native who has been a part of DPA since 2016.  I am involved in all aspects of DPA’s marketing initiative.  I have a degree in Marketing Management and thoroughly enjoy helping promote the DPA brand.  I enjoy coaching boys and girls tennis at Fremont High School, and all outdoor activities, particularly boating.  My number one guy is my 5 year old Morkie, Razzy!


Account Manager

Melinda Johnson

I was born and raised in Oakland, Nebraska.  Our President, Steve Peterson, and I were classmates from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.  After graduating from high school, I attended UN-L, earning a BS in Business Education.   My husband, Johnnie, and I live on a farm in rural Northeast Nebraska where he raises SimAngus breeding stock and club calves.  We have two grown children, boy/girl twins, who have each blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter.  In 2005, I began my career at Del Peterson & Associates (DPA Auctions) and have performed a variety of jobs within the company.  Since 2010, I have worked primarily in Accounting, making sure our Sellers are paid and our sales balance.  My favorite pastime is babysitting my grand babies; but I also love going to cattle shows with my hubby and spending time with all my “sisters”.   

Accounting & Finance

Paige Peterson

I live in Oakland, NE. My husband of over 30 years is Steve Peterson, the CEO of DPA Auctions. My all-time favorite job is being a mom. I am in charge of the accounting and finance department. I graduated with a BSBA and hold a CPA and Real Estate Broker’s License. Although numbers come as a second nature to me, I have a passion for fitness and helping others find beauty in themselves. I own multiple Anytime Fitness locations and have the pleasure of working and working out with them.

Title and Inventory Manager

Kim Prenzlow

I grew up in Oakland where the founder of DPA Auctions, Del Peterson, lived.  Our families were/are very close friends.  My husband Steve Prenzlow starting working at DPA Auctions when he was in college and now has 30 years with the company.  Four years ago, my son Nick Prenzlow, who also works at DPA, approached me about helping him out with the Internet portion of the company.   I agreed to help and as they say, “the rest is history”.  I take care of entering all the items to the internet for our online auctions and take care of the titles as well.  When I am not working, I am spending my time with my family, grandchildren and friends.

Territory Manager

Curt Peterson

My father and mother, Del and Joanne Peterson, are the founders of Del Peterson and Associates. As I grew up, I watched the company grow from a local onsite auction company to an international online auction company. My passion is working and meeting people all across the United States. I have an incredible memory when it comes to sports and could win any trivia competition around.  I live in Fremont and during the summer I enjoy boating with my family and being outdoors.   During the spring and fall, I enjoy helping local farmers plant and harvest their crops.

Lien/Account Specialist

Taylor Hanson

I grew up right here in the quiet town of Fremont, Nebraska. I spent the first 10 years of my career in the healthcare field.  When I began with DPA Auctions in 2016, I knew little about the agricultural world but I quickly jumped head first into the business as an inside sales rep. Now, for DPA Auctions, my main focus is providing excellent customer service through the administration side of the business.  I like to spend my spare time with my son, Zane, play softball and enjoy time with family.

Customer Development Specialist

Molly Eich

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, I didn’t grow up in the agriculture world, but always loved playing in the dirt and riding horses.  After graduating high school, I went to college for Cosmetology, but after spending three and a half years in the hair industry, I wanted a career change.  In 2011, I worked for a dealership helping customers with credit applications and finance.  Later that year, I met my husband, and with him being a rancher, I got further involved in the Agriculture world.  In 2016, I started my career with DPA Auctions where I use my involvement to create and maintain customer relations.  In my free time, you’ll find me outdoors with our livestock or spending time with my husband and our 3 children.

Auction Specialist

Pat Dirkschneider

I’m a graduate of Midland Lutheran College with a BSBA and a concentration in marketing and finance.  I spent a little over 20 years in the financial planning industry working primarily with clients in the agriculture and construction industries.  I also spent several years in the auto industry managing the internet and business development department.  I joined DPA Auctions in February of 2016 in Inside Sales and feel my experience with business development and marketing within the industry can add value!  I am married to Emiley and we share 5 children.  I enjoy boating, fishing, and golf.


Auction Specialist

Emiley Dirkschneider

Being born and raised in Nebraska, I have spent the majority of my life here.  I am passionate about helping others. My experience with bringing buyers and sellers together includes multiple years as a Realtor, graduating from Randall School of Real Estate. I am a past speaker on awareness of Organ Donation.  I joined the DPA team in 2014 with the vision of expanding growth within the sales market of online auctions.  Fulfillment of my spare time includes time spent with my husband Pat and our children, traveling and experiencing thrill seeking adventures and anything involving the outdoors with nature.


Auction Specialist

Kraig Kirchmann

Growing up next to my grandparent’s farm outside of Valley, Nebraska, I learned first-hand the rewards and challenges of being part of a farm family.  While attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha, for small business management, I began working for a small upstart moving company.  I quickly rose to the General Manager Position.  I actively took part in the Nebraska Trucking Association, Nebraska DOT, Nebraska Public Service Commission and numerous charitable organizations.  After 20 years in the transportation industry, I decided to step away and moved to Fremont, Nebraska to focus more on my family.

I began working at DPA Auctions in February of 2015.  Every day I‘m excited and energized to come to work.  Our experienced team collectively helps our members/clients through the entire process. 

My wife, Kathy, and I are blessed with three amazing children; two girls and a boy–Josie, Jared, & Ryann. In our free time we enjoy attending our children’s events, camping, hunting, and fishing.


Auction Specialist

Desirae Leonard

I was born and raised in Fremont, Nebraska but spent a lot of my summers and weekends on our family farm in Fontanelle, Nebraska.  Prior to DPA, I studied Criminal Justice and Business and spent most of my adult life in the Accounting field.  I met my husband in the summer of 2014 and together we have the Brady Bunch – 6 beautiful children: 3 boys and 3 girls – all teenagers.  We really enjoy going to their school activities and getting to watch them learn and grow.  In the fall, we spend our Saturdays watching the Michigan Wolverines and the Nebraska Huskers play football.  I started working for DPA Auctions in November of 2016.  It has given me the opportunity to work with some exceptional people while also continuing to learn multiple industries– agriculture, construction, transportation and more.


Auction Specialist

Ashly Lathrop

I was born and raised in Fremont Nebraska and I started my career at DPA Auctions in September of 2016. I studied general education at Iowa Western Community college. I am a sales representative here at DPA Auctions. I was a teller at a local bank here in Fremont for three years. I also spent two years in the insurance industry quoting farm accounts and writing farm insurance policies. In my spare time you can find me spending all my time with my husband Jimmy and our two daughters Brileigh and Kylynn. I enjoy golfing, camping, and Nebraska football.


Client Services Specialist

Tyler Hively

My Name is Tyler Hively, I was born in Fremont, Nebraska and moved to Cape Coral, Florida when I was 10 years old. I graduated From North Ft. Meyers High school in 2011 and moved back to Fremont with my family.  I spent many years in different positions in the food industry including co-managing a bakery. I switched my focus into sales in 2016, when I started working at DPA Auctions. I have enjoyed learning more about the agricultural world and getting to meet the hard-working people that help feed America. I love being able to help farmers find solutions to their equipment needs. When the work day ends, I enjoy kicking back to play some video games or watch movies with my wife, Amy, and dog, Hank. I also enjoy building computers, fishing and taking trips on my motorcycle.


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