Hostetter History

Hostetter Auctioneers has a rich history here in Western Pennsylvania. It all started
in 1955 with Sherman Sr. and Doris Hostetter. Sherm Sr. always loved auctions and
attended auctions with his father William while growing up in Ohio. In the early
50s, Sherm and Doris owned a barber/beauty shop when a farmer stopped in to get
his hair cut. He told Sherm that he wanted to sell his farm, a few days later a
gentlemen was sitting in the same barber chair said he was interested in buying a
farm. Sherm got the guys connected. Not expecting anything, a few months later he
got a check in the mail for $500. He told Doris that they are going to start their
auction business with that money. They slowly phased out of cutting hair and went
full time into the auction business in 1955.

Raising 2 boys in the business their sons Lee and Sherm joined the family business
after college, helping to grow the company. It’s now into the 3 rd generation of the
Hostetter Family. Pioneering the new online auction business model, Hostetter
Auctioneers is leading the Pittsburgh auction market through technology and

The company has grown to have 8 auction sales agents, a full time marketing
department, accounting department and rental department. As well as a complete
auction set up team to handle all aspects of an auction from beginning to end.
Hostetter Auctioneers have always believed the key to success is being honest with
your clients and representing them and their assets to the best of your ability.