Our Trusted Auction Team

Dave C. Allen

David C. Allen – NAA, C.A.G.A., Owner / President, Chief Auctioneer, Appraiser 

Dave Allen established Allen & Marshall Auctioneers and Appraisers, LLC. after many years of working with his mentor Doug Marshall and was instrumental in helping to create Marshall Auctions. After more than a decade of Marshall Auctions growing to be the largest auction company on the Delmarva Peninsula Dave and Doug decided the only way to effectively manage the company’s growth was to split the business into two divisions (one division for Real Estate and the other for Personal Property). Hence, Allen and Marshall Auctioneers and Appraisers, LLC was born. In 2005, Dave attended the prestigious Mendenhall School of Auctioneering where he earned the years “best all around” and “most likely to succeed” awards. He has certainly proved worthy of these rewards selling millions of dollars of personal property and developing intense product knowledge and a distinctive client service. Now the leading personal property auction company on the shore, Allen and Marshall Auctioneers looks forward to continued growth. 


  • 2004 Graduate of Salisbury University
  • Bachelor of Science, Education, and History, Salisbury, MD
  • 2005 Graduate with Honors, Mendenhall School of Auctioneering and Appraisals High Point, NC
  • 2008 Graduate Certified Appraisers Guild of America, Grandview, Missouri
  • Annual NAA Auctioneer and Appraiser Continuing Education Seminars
  • Annual Member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America
  • The only C.A.G.A. (Certified Appraiser’s Guild of America) appraiser on the eastern shore!!
  • 15 yrs Experience in the auction industry

Business Associations:

  • National Auctioneers Association
  • Auctioneer Association of Maryland
  • Certified Appraisers Guild of America
  • Licensed Auctioneer in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia

P. Douglas Marshall, Jr., – CAI, Auctioneer 

From Opening the Bid to Sealing the Deal

Doug Marshall, Jr., CAI , Senior Auctioneer with Allen-Marshall Auctioneers & Appraisers, established the Marshall Auction company in 1998 following in the footsteps of his grandfather while blazing new trails in the real estate market. Founded on the guiding principles of honesty, integrity, and the core belief that success is not measured merely by how much real estate transacts through the company, but by how effectively the client’s goals are achieved, it was not long before Marshall Auctions became the dominant auction force on the Eastern Shore of MD. This success led to the acquisition of another prominent local auction company, bringing together five generations of auction experience. As a licensed real estate agent Doug offer the full array of real estate options from auctions to “not-so-traditional” listings clients are offered a distinct advantage in the pursuit of their real estate goals.

Mr. Marshall is highly sought after for his expert advice and negotiating skills in the real estate arena and is highly regarded in the community as “the most well connected real estate thinker around.” His unique ability to identify and navigate the complex waters that surround certain transactions, then execute a carefully crafted buy or sell strategy, has commanded the respect of well-seasoned real estate professionals many years his senior.

Mr. Marshall demonstrates true commitment and passion for the Eastern Shore of Maryland and remains generously involved in community organizations, charities and local boards – all while keeping his finger on the pulse of nationwide market trends and legislative issues, whether local planning & zoning, regional development concerns, or state regulations. “Information is power and if it impacts my industry I want to be well versed in the details, always on the cutting edge of information, to best serve my clients.”

The recent merger of the personal property and real estate companies have resulted in the formation of Allen-Marshall Auctioneers and Appraisers. This one company image has allowed us to become the one of the most efficient auction companies in the country.


  • Graduate of Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), Indiana University, 2000
  • Graduate, Ed Smith Real Estate School, 1999
  • Estate Specialist, Auction Marketing Institute, Indiana University, 1998
  • Graduate of Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, High Point, North Carolina, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Communication Arts, Salisbury State University, 1995
  • Third Generation Auctioneer
  • Licensed Maryland Realtor 

Professional Memberships:

  • Certified Auctioneers Institute
  • National Auctioneers Association
  • University of MD Eastern Shore Business & Technology School
  • Business Executive Advisory Council
  • National and Coastal Association of Realtors
  • Auctioneer Association of MD
  • Auction Marketing Institute

Bill Middleton

Bill Middleton – Auctioneer

Bill Middleton has been involved with auctions since he was in high school when he worked as a “pit boy.” While serving in the Wicomico County Public School system for 40 years he also enjoyed working with various auction companies as an auctioneer. He retired in 2002 as Superintendent of Schools and soon thereafter joined the Allen and Marshall Team. Mr. Bill has been active in numerous community activities including: The American Red Cross, Salisbury PONY League, E. Sheldon Jones Big League Baseball, Salisbury Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, MAC, Inc., The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and Zion United Methodist Church. In addition he has been recognized by the University of Maryland, College Park, as one of its “Distinguished Alumni” and was recognized by the Salisbury Rotary Club as recipient of its annual “Four Way Test Award,” and furthermore by the United Way as recipient of the annual “Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award.” As one can see he is an extraordinary attribute to Allen & Marshall Team. His nearly lifelong auctioneering experience combined with his supreme networking abilities through these various organizations proves his capabilities to produce and administer auction sales on a regular basis. 


Joel Maher- Advisor, Residential Properties

With the ever increasing number of calls for residential auctions, Marshall Auctions hired Joel Maher, as Residential Property Advisor to take on pre-auction property listings. Joel is a certified short sale specialist and is a multi-million dollar producing real estate agent. Named Coastal Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year in 2010, Joel has quickly risen as one of the most sought after realtors on the Eastern Shore.


Jeff Smith – VP Technology and Logistics, Coin and Firearm Appraiser, Federal & MD State Firearms Licensee

Jeff, an original member of the company, manages website content, property research, auction logistics, technology, and is a virtual memory bank of information on past auctions as he managed auction marketing for 14 years. Jeff is the company’s firearm and coin appraiser, recently acquiring his FFL (Federal Firearm’s License) and the Maryland State Regulated Firearms License has helped Allen & Marshall Auctioneers stay abreast of the latest rules and regulations for selling firearms at auction. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and was a Communications Expert in the U.S. Navy. Jeff’s long history with the company makes him invaluable to daily operations.

Robert Shores – Controller

Bob Shores, an initial member of the company brings a solid foundation in accounting matters. After ten years in public accounting and twenty four years as Corporate Controller for Salisbury Engineering, Mr. Shores joined the Marshall team as controller for all of the Marshall holding companies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for WOLC radio.



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