Richard “Rich” Schur, CAI, BAS, CMEA, MPPA, UCMA
There’s a lot of alphabet behind my name! It simply means I love learning. My wife Shannon and I own and operate our United Country office in Monument, Colorado, and we love serving clients up and down the Front Range, from Fort Collins, to Denver, to Castle Rock, and south through Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
In fact, since we are Relators and auctioneers, we serve clients all over Southern Colorado, in the mountains, on the Plains, and even on the Western Slope. We love the Rocky Mountains, and we are privileged to call Monument, Colorado our home.
We live on the edge of the Black Forest, and we are blessed to be able to sit on our back deck and look at the beautiful Rocky Mountains every day. With a southwest exposure, we have a fantastic view of Pikes Peak and the incredible Chapel at the Air Force Academy. There are horse ranches, farms, log cabins, chalets, and lots and lots of trees all around us. I left the Chicago area in 2002, and have not regretted the decision for a single moment. I rarely saw a deer where I lived, and now there’s a herd that wanders through our yard all the time.
I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded suburbia and flat landscapes. I grew up north of Chicago in a town called Deerfield. I lived in several places in Lake County, and for more than 12 years, I worked locally as a police officer. My kids were born and grew up in Lake County. But there were no mountains. I had to suffer through all kinds of development before I could find farms or ranches. Wildlife was scarce.
In Colorado, I met Shannon, who was an accomplished auctioneer. The more I spent time with her, the more I enjoyed the profession, and chose to become a full time auctioneer. In fact, I think the decision was a factor in her agreeing to marry me. I enjoy the profession so much, I gave up my jobs in higher education and my side business in HR. I even became the 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer!!
Hence the alphabet. I love learning (I have a Master’s in Adult Education) and continue to take as many classes and studies as I can. The CAI is the Certified Auctioneers Institute, one of the most prestigious designations in the industry. I’ve also earned the BAS, or Benefit Auctioneer
Specialist designation, in recognition of our work helping non-profit organizations raise funds through auctions.
My newest designation came after we joined United Country, and I attended the Auctioneer Academy. I’m proud to say I’m now a United Country Master Auctioneer (UCMA)… There’s not that many of us!
Along the way, I became a Realtor and despite my initial fears, I now love selling property – either the “traditional way” or via auction. I have made some great friends as a Realtor, both buyers and sellers. Being a Realtor means I get to know people, and get to understand their needs in buying or selling a home or property. This creates the opportunity for a relationship. I’m a people person, so this was a win!
I’ve also become a Master Asset Appraiser. I can appraise just about any kind of personal property, but as a gear head, I enjoy the mechanical “stuff”.
When I’m not helping clients buy or sell property, or appraising their things, I serve on the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce as a Director. I’ve been on the Board of the National Auctioneers Association, and am a Past President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association. When I’m not doing that, I travel the country as an instructor for auctioneers and appraisers. And, in the little spare time I have left, I enjoy working in my wood shop.
So, enough about me. What about you? How can I help you?
Call me directly at (719) 210-6230. That’s my cell. I don’t mind calls “after business hours”.