How We Got Here

Rosen & Company, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years in Family Owned Auction Company
As auctioneers, appraisers, and liquidators, four generations of Rosen’s have been building a reputation as auctioneers since 1917, when Gus Rosen, chanting through a megaphone, started an auction business in Cleveland and quickly became known throughout the Midwest. Gus was soon joined by his brother, Ralph, and a generation later, their nephews, Stanley and Irving Rosen, joined the company.
Sheila Rosen, Stanley’s daughter, is the president of Rosen & Co, Inc. in Cleveland, with Buddy Barton as lead auctioneer. Cousin Mike Rosen, Irv's son, is the president of the Rosen Systems, Inc. in Dallas, Texas with his son Kyle who continues as the fourth generation.

Businesses evolve as generations pass, but there is one essential characteristic of the Rosen operation that has remained the same. From the early days, Gus and Ralph established the corporate philosophy that they must convey to sellers and buyers alike that any buying or selling that involved Rosen would be a fair and honest arrangement. They wanted a reputation founded on trust and consistency. That was their goal and that was their achievement and today it remains as their legacy. It is no idle boast. It is a fact.

Rosen & Co., Inc. prides itself on the ability to extract value from any and all business assets. They have conducted live & online manufacturing plant auctions, to local Real Estate auctions and just about everything in between. There is no project too big or small, and complex situations are the reason you hire a firm like Rosen & Co. They provide a turnkey operation where a client can say, “here are the keys, send me the check when it’s done” and exceed expectations.

The fast-moving universe of the deal is truly a loosely-knit community of dealers and buyers, sellers and bankers, attorneys and brokers, and word spreads quickly about people, their style and their approach to the business. It's a community where reputations are earned over the long-term by performance and behavior, not created overnight by advertising sloganeers. The Rosen reputation of trust and consistency is nationally known. Sheila Rosen, and auctioneer Buddy Barton and their colleagues cherish that reputation and intend to burnish it even brighter in the years ahead.