Meet the Team

The team at Sherman Hostetter Auctioneers
Dan Kesten is an affiliate of Hostetter Auctioneers.  Dan is a well-rounded auctioneer experienced in many different types of auctions and has attended the Worldwide College of Auctioneering.  He uses his professional knowledge to craft an expert approach to each individual auction with meticulous attention to detail.  Dan has proven himself to be disciplined and trustworthy through his honorable service with the United States Army and the world’s finest law enforcement agency.  You will immediately notice his integrity and willingness to put others, including his clients, before himself. 
Dan dedicates his life to helping others especially youth while teaching discipline and character.  He is the director of Troop D Camp Cadet (a basic training style leadership camp for youths of good character).  He also coaches youth baseball and serves on the baseball association board.   
Sherm Hostetter, President & CEO
Sherman Hostetter, Jr., of Beaver, Pennsylvania, attended Penn State University on a golf scholarship from 1973-77 and graduated with a major in real estate and insurance. Presently, he continues the family auction business that was started by his parents, Col. Sherman and Doris Hostetter, in 1955. He is a full-time auctioneer and real estate broker licenses in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Throughout his esteemed career, Sherm has championed the auction industry by serving as the president of Auction Marketing Institute, past president of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, and past president of the Northwest Chapter of the PAA. Sherman is also twice a past board member of the National Auctioneers Association and a past board member of the National Association of Realtors Auction Committee. In 1992, he won the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Championship and in 2010, he won the West Virginia Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Championship. In 2013, Sherman was inducted in the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. Sherman holds many designations including: the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE), Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA), Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Estate Specialist (CES), and is a Certified Paralegal through Penn State University. Since 2003, Sherman has served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Auctioneer Examiners, appointed by then Governor Edward G. Rendell, and is currently the Chairman of the Board. His community involvement includes volunteering for his church and community teen Bible study and serving as the past school board director for the Blackhawk School District. Away from the auction business, Sherm enjoys playing golf, which he played professionally from 1978 to 1982, riding his Harley, trap shooting and spending time with his family. 

Matt Hostetter 

Matt is a third-generation auctioneer, carrying on the Hostetter tradition for integrity and honesty set forth by his grandfather and father. Matt has earned a stellar reputation of his own for his product knowledge, well-rounded chant and outstanding connection with the audience. Matt is an instructor at the Reppert School of Auctioneering and has served on the board of directors for the PA Auctioneers Association. In addition to being the lead auctioneer for the family business, Matt travels internationally on a monthly basis throughout Europe auctioning heavy construction equipment. Matt is the Pennsylvania 2013 Bid Calling Champion, the 2013 Canadian Western Agribition Auctioneers Champion, and finished ninth in the top fifteen of the best auctioneers in the world during the International Auctioneers Competition in 2013. He is married to his high school sweetheart Cassie and they have three children: Ellie, Abram and Levi. When he is not spending time with his family, Matt enjoys riding his Harley.

Dan Reeder 

Dan is the driving force behind guiding the company to a national level while still maintaining a steady, leading presence within the Tri-State region. As a licensed auctioneer, realtor and appraiser, Dan understands the importance of approaching each auction individually and aggressively positioning each one using a synthesis of technology and his professional knowledge of what sells. Dan is the Pennsylvania 2014 Bid Calling Reserve Champion. In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Kylee and their children and playing golf.

John Johnston
John’s strong work ethic combined with his expansive product knowledge makes him a natural addition to the company and to the auction industry. From real estate to personal property auctions, John has distinguished himself as an auctioneer who works hard for the sellers and who takes an active role in the auction process from start through settlement. His straight forward, yet easy going communication skills makes him a favorite with Sellers and Buyers alike. Away from the office, John balances a full-time medical career with his many interests.

Paige Johnston

An expert source for all things auction, Paige’s specialty is fundraising and benefit auctions. Her ability to read an audience, build enthusiasm and pitch her perfect delivery to encourage big bidding has earned Paige a much-deserved reputation in the Pittsburgh region as an outstanding and entertaining auctioneer. Paige is a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering, Penn State University and the Certified Auctioneers Institute. She resides with her husband (and fellow auctioneer) John in Chippewa Township.

 Jenna McGee

Jenna began working with us in 2012 as part of the office support team. Since then, she has expanded her presence to all areas of the auction process including set-up, removal and sales. She has a special talent for cataloging, photography and as a bonus for those who work with her, an entertaining sense of humor. She is currently an apprentice auctioneer, and is responsible for consignment auctions in our warehouse. ipr


Cathy Cantrell 

Cathy is not only the office manager and post-auction settlement specialist for every auction, to the many people who contact our office, she is also the welcoming, cheerful voice of Hostetter Auctioneers. Her business and accounting experience combine with her people-friendly skills to create an ideal customer service experience for sellers and buyers. Away from the office, Cathy serves as a deacon for her church, enjoys reading and spending time with her husband Derrick and their two daughters.