Founders: Bill & Vonda Downs
Bill and Vonda Downs founded Bill Downs Auction Service in 1979 in Nampa, Idaho. In 1979 Bill attended Western School of Auctioneering in Billings, MT. Since then the family based company has enjoyed helping thousands of families through the auction business. Bill, having a passion for the auction industry, soon found himself the president of the Idaho Auctioneers Association and later on the board of the National Auctioneers Association. Bill and Vonda have helped raised money for Christian Schools across the Northwest through benefit auctions, and continues to do so even after retiring. In 2001 the family business was sold to Larry and Debi Downs, and continues to serve the greater northwest.
Owners: Larry & Debi Downs
Larry and Debi Downs were married in 1988. They are the proud parents to 4 great kids. Larry spends his free time snowmobiling, hunting and working on his never ending classic car restorations. Larry began working in the family business at a very young age. In 1981 he attended Western School of Auctioneering in Billings,MT. Larry received his Idaho Real Estate License in 1998 and in 1999 was the Idaho State Champion Auctioneer. Larry and Debi purchased the business from his parents in 2001 and in 2009 expanded the company to include Downs Realty LLC. Debi has worked as the bookkeeper for the auction company since 2009 and received her Idaho Real Estate license in 2011. In 2013 Downs Realty opened up a new branch office in Eagle, ID.
Laura Clemens has been the office manager with Downsauction.com since 2009. She is the proud mother of 3 boys & 1 granddaughter. She lives with her husband Herb in Nampa.
Chet Pipkin is the broker for Downs Realty LLC and has over 35 years experience in the Real Estate industry. As well as being a real estate broker, Chet also flew for the Idaho Air National guard for 21 years and recently retired as a Boeing 737 Captain for American Airlines after 25 years. Chet is a gratudate of Boise State University with a degree in Aviation Management and holds real estate designations of GRI, Certified Commercial Advisor, and Certified Foreclosure Analyst. He has dealt in residential & commercial real estate, property management, development, and construction. Chet resides in Boise with his wife of 35 years and they have two children, a son living in Boise and a daughter in North Carolina.
Dustin is Larry & Debi's oldest child. He graduated from the Golf Academy of America in 2010 and received his Idaho Real Estate license in 2011. He currently assists with Real Estate and Estate Auctions. Dustin is an avid snowmobiler and loves to golf, hunt, and camp.
Summer is Larry and Debi's second oldest child. After pursuing collegiate athletics, Summer came home to work for the family business. She decided to follow in her parent's footsteps and received her Real Estate license in 2013. When she isn't hard at work, she can be found either on the golf course or at the beach in McCall.
Brendan is a contract auctioneer with Downsauction.com. He lives in Vale, OR and helps manage his family's cattle ranch there. Brendan also sells for dealer car auctions as well as travels the northwest doing benefit auctions for many various hunting organizations.