Rafe Dixon grew up in Sumter, SC and is a 1978 graduate of Wilson Hall and a 1982 graduate of Clemson University. He holds Auctioneer & Real Estate Broker Licenses in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Rafe began his career in sales of planting seed, ag chemicals, and fertilizer, leading him into the cotton ginning industry. After a period of time, Rafe went to work as the Regional Manager for a large gin machinery manufacturer, representing the company in the Southeast U.S. and then to another gin machinery company in a similar capacity. In 2001, Rafe started his own business, selling new and used gin machinery and consulting with gins on environmental and management issues. The business has been expanded to include auction services, and has since grown to include estate work, real estate, business liqudations and other type auctions, in addition to maintaining his presence in the ginning industry.
Rafe is active in the South Carolina Auctioneers Association, and is currently serving as President (a second, non-consecutive term), and the National Auctioneers Association, as well as the Sumter Board of Realtors. He holds several Auctioneer designations, including the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), the highest professional designation available in the Auction industry. CAI is a 3 year professional development program taught at Indiana University, and has been called the “Master’s Degree” of Auctioneering. Rafe is one of fewer than 400 Auctioneers to have earned and hold the prestigious Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE) designation. Rafe has also earned the Certified Estate Specialist (CES) designation.
Rafe has been involved in many types of auctions, ranging from household goods, to farm machinery, agri-business assets, commercial and residential real estate and business liquidations. Past auction projects have included homes, home sites, development land, industrial land, commercial offices, rural land, estate personal property, business liquidations and more.
Rafe is married to the former Louise Shaw. They have 2 children and are active in the community and their church.