Stephenson Realty and Auction was started by William “Bear” Stephenson in August of 1982 in Clinton, TN as a real estate company and after graduating from the Nashville Auction School in 1983 the auction division was added. Then in 1986 Bear attended the Certified Auctioneers Institute at the University of Indiana where over the next several years he received such designations as (AARE) Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate as well as (CES) Certified Estate Specialist. He served as president of the Tennessee Auctioneers Association in 1992-1993 along with being a member of the National Auctioneers Association. In May of 1993 he moved his offices into its current location at 210 Charles Seivers Blvd in Clinton, TN.
Bear was one of two people to be inducted into the Tennessee Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2004 appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission where he has served as vice chairmen and chairmen of the board. Mr. Stephenson and his staff have conducted hundreds of benefit auctions over the years in and around East Tennessee. Many local auctioneers began their careers by serving their apprenticeship under Bear Stephenson. Bear has also mentored dozens of affiliate brokers throughout the 30+ year history of the company.