Mr Bid Auctions was established on January 8, 2016. Owner/Auctioneer Troy McElfresh started the company after graduating from Reppert's School of Auctioneering in 2015.
The first online auction generated a whopping $9.00 in sales, which was far below the cost to market, but perseverance, sweat, long days and a few tears have brought it to where it is today.
Troy attended Cowan School in Muncie, Indiana and graduated from Jay County High School in 1984.
His father taught him to work hard, be honest and treat others with respect. While in high school Troy worked for his father (also an entrepreneur) in an Industrial hard-chrome plating business. He also loved working as a radio announcer for WPGW in Portland, Indiana and WBAT in Marion, Indiana.
After high school Troy joined the Indiana Army National Guard as an infantryman and served 3 years full-time (AGR) with the Hartford City and Portland Indiana, 1-293rd Infantry Division.
In December of 1990, Troy graduated from the Indiana State Police Law Enforcement Academy. He started at the Redkey post, which served Blackford, Jay, Randolph and Delaware Counties. He served in many different roles with the ISP including, OSHA Compliance/Research, Human Resources, the Public Information Office, and Firearms Licensing. He enjoyed serving as the commander of the Indiana State Police Capitol Police section, which also provided protection to the Governor. Finally, he served as the security coordinator for the Indiana General Assembly. Troy retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2016.
In 2017, Troy met Lisa Wimmer. While cruising by a relative’s home on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, he honked the horn. Lisa stepped out of the garage to wave, which caused him to turn around after thinking...who was that? That was the beginning of a great relationship. On August 29, 2020, at Ocean Point in the great state of Maine, the two married in the pouring down rain. Lisa became Mrs Bid - well, okay -Mrs McElfresh.
Mr Bid Auctions is more than just our business, it is a part of who we are. We consider ourselves blessed to have so many people that are part of our Auction Family. We will continue to research and develop new ways to serve you in the future.
Troy is a member or the Indiana Auctioneers Association and a member of the Muncie - Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.