John has been in the auction industry for over 40 years. He began his auction career with Odle Cumberlin Auctioneers out of Brush, CO and worked alongside Jim Odle and Chuck Cumberlin for the duration of their auction company. John is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School. John was one of the original sales representatives for Superior Livestock, and remains one to this day. He has served as the past board member and president of the Colorado Auctioneers Association, and is an honored member of the CAA Hall Of Fame.
John was raised in Flagler, CO on the family ranch. After attending school at Colorado State University, he and his wife, Zee, returned to run a cow/calf operation. There, on the ranch just east of Flagler, John and Zee raised three boys, Lance, Jason and Michael.
In his community, John has served on various boards and committees over the years including the Flagler Co-op, Kit Carson County Cattlemen's Association, Colorado Cattlemen's Association, Kit Carson County Farm Bureau among others. John and Zee received an honorary Colorado State FFA Degree for their years of support and dedication to the Flagler and surrounding chapters. In 2016 John was honored to receive the Kit Carson County Cattlemen's Association Service Legend Award. John served as a Kit Carson County Commissioner from 2000-2008 and a Trustee for the Flagler First Baptist Church. In addition to being an auctioneer, John also holds and maintains his Real Estate License and is a Personal Property Appraiser.
Lance and Adele Nichols
Lance Nichols grew up on his family ranch on the eastern plains near the town of Flagler, CO. He received his welding certification from Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, KS and was the Colorado state FFA President prior to attending Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University. Upon completion of his education in 1999, he along with his wife, Adele, took over her family's farm and cattle feeding operation near Severance, CO. They have two children, daughter Payten and son, Brayden.
In addition to agriculture, Lance grew up in the auction business alongside his dad, John, who was an auctioneer for Odle-Cumberlin Auctioneers out of Brush. Lance followed in the footsteps of his father and mentors to attend Missouri Auction School in the year 2000. He has served as a contract auctioneer and/or bid spotter for Odle-Cumberlin, Art Parker, M H Bar, Horse Creek Sale Company, Nichols Auctioneers, Producers Livestock, Safari Club International, and the Cattle Barons Ball. Lance served on the Colorado Auctioneers Association board of directors for eight years, and held various offices including Treasurer, President, and Chairman of the Board. Lance is currently serving another term as a board member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association and is also a member of the National Auctioneers Association.
Adele grew up near Severance, CO and graduated from Windsor High School. She then attended Colorado State University where she double majored in Agricultural Business and Animal Science. Following graduation from CSU, she worked for ConAgra Beef as a scheduler and enjoyed owning her own cake decorating shop. Adele now serves in various capacities of media, marketing, clerking and bid spotting for several auction companies in addition to Nichols Auctioneers. Adele manages the website and social media programs, in addition to print and internet sales, for Working Horse Magazine. Adele currently serving as the Media Relations Liaison for the Colorado Auctioneers Association and was honored to be a speaker at the 2017 and 2018 CAA conventions. Adele is also a member of the National Auctioneers Association.
Lance and Adele continue to run the family farm near Severance and have an interest in the family ranch in Eastern, CO. When not working auctions on the weekends, Lance and Adele can be found rodeoing, team roping, snow skiing and cheering on the CSU Rams and Denver Broncos with their children.
Michael and Melissa Nichols
Michael Nichols grew up on his family ranch on the eastern plains near the town of Flagler, CO. He is a graduate of both Northeastern Junior College and Colorado State University with an Associates and a Bachelors in Agricultural Business. Upon completion of his education in 2000, he began apprenticeship as an electrician in Ft. Collins.
Mike met his wife, Melissa, in South Dakota where following his graduation from CSU, they lived in Rapid City and Mike earned his journeyman electrician license. After relocating back to the family ranch near Flagler, CO, Mike continued to work as an electrician until he became a Master Electrician and now owns and operates Nichols Electric. Mike and Melissa have four children, son Rylee, and daughters Maelee, Laycee and Kaydee. They help run the family ranch, running a herd of horses and commercial beef cows.
In addition to agriculture, Michael grew up in the auction business alongside his dad, John and older brother, Lance, and attended World Wide College of Auctioneering in 2011. Mike was honored to receive the Troil Welton Bid Calling Award from the Colorado Auctioneers Association in 2012. He has served as a contract auctioneer and/or bid spotter for Odle-Cumberlin, Art Parker, M H Bar, Horse Creek Sale Company, and Nichols Auctioneers. Michael is currently serving on the Colorado Auctioneers Association board of directors and holds the office of President, and he also a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Michael serves on the Arriba-Flagler School board and is a deacon at the Flagler Baptist Church.
Melissa grew up on a ranch near New Underwood, SD and graduated from New Underwood High School. She then attended Western Dakota Tech where she earned her degree in Accounting. Over the years Melissa has held positions with Menards and Yancy’s Food Service. Melissa now works to raise their four children, is John’s best ranch hand when Mike is working electrician jobs, and is the office manager for Nichols Auctioneers.
When not working auctions on the weekends, Mike and Melissa are busy with their four children who are active in the Hugo Roping Club and Little Britches Rodeo Association. They try to visit Melissa's family ranch in South Dakota as often as they can.