Petrowsky Auctioneers – 40 amazing years in the auction business.

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Sammy Piotrkowski at a heavy equipment and truck auction.

Thanks to Sammy Piotrkowski as we transition to Ritchie Bros.

Like many people, Sammy Piotrkowski found his calling in life, and opportunity in business, out of necessity.

As a youngster growing up in the farming business, Sammy had helped his father buy and sell cattle at auctions, and got a taste of the excitement of that model of selling. As a young man, he started working in the real estate business with his family. When they needed to sell some property, Sammy decided a quick, efficient way to offload it would be to auction it. With Sammy himself as the auctioneer, that's exactly what they did, and so his love and passion for auction business was born.

Sammy founded Petrowsky Auctioneers in 1977, and like Dave, Ken and John Ritchie – founders of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers – he began the business by selling a myriad of things at his auctions for all kinds of businesses. At one particular auction for a construction company, Sammy had his “lightbulb moment,” and realized how much opportunity – and satisfaction – there was to be had helping customers sell heavy equipment and trucks.

Heavy equipment and trucks for sale at Ritchie Bros. North Franklin site.

Fast forward 40 years, and Petrowksy Auctioneers and their permanent facility in North Franklin, CT (established in 1996) are a well-known, well-respected business in the New England region. Over their many successful years, Sammy and his team have conducted almost 900 auctions, helping thousands of customers buy and sell. And their commitment to customers was apparent. One of their most rewarding auctions – personally and in terms of results for the seller - was an offsite sale in North Carolina that involved a month long set up for a highly successful complete dispersal for a local construction company, selling US$18.5 million of equipment.

As we retire the Petrowksy Auctioneers name – but certainly not their amazing reputation – and begin officially running the business as Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Sammy and his entire team past and present. Their success in the New England region is a testament to their dedication to the customer – whether buying, selling, or doing a bit of both. Sammy and his team set the bar high in the auction business for exemplary customer service, something Ritchie Bros. is committed to continuing and building on as we look forward to many more auctions at the North Franklin site.

And we're thrilled that Sammy has agreed to stay on with Ritchie Bros., so make sure to look for him at our upcoming auctions in North Franklin!

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