Skip to main content


D. Matthew Kruse

Dennis K. (Matthew) Kruse, II, serves as a co-owner and Dean of the Reppert School of Auctioneering. Matthew is a licensed auctioneer, real estate broker and certified general real estate appraiser. He has earned both his CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) and GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) designations, and also has a business degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Matthew is a graduate of both the Kruse Auction Institute and the Reppert School of Auctioneering’s pre-licensing auction classes. Matthew is considered to be one of the country’s foremost experts in auction law, general auction practices, and the auction business. He is the primary person responsible for putting together the Reppert “blue book,” which has been recognized as being the most comprehensive book on auctioneering ever assembled. Matthew has served on the technology committee of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), the Indiana Auctioneers Association (IAA) and the Auction Marketing Institute. He is a past president of District Two of the Indiana Auctioneers Association, and is a two-time finalist in the IAA bid calling contest. He is also a life member of the NAA. Matthew has experience working auctions in 29 states, managing on-site auction operations and staff, drafting budgets, designing and placing auction advertising, developing auction software, selling and appraising all types of real estate and personal property.

Matthew is currently employed as an independent contract auctioneer for several different auction companies. He also runs Draft Auctioneer, a site dedicated to promoting auction drafts for fantasy football. He also works as a residential appraiser in northeast Indiana, having started in the real estate appraisal business under his grandfather Russell Kruse. He is a Certified General Appraiser, and serves as Chief Appraiser for the PF Kruse Appraisal Group. He has been engaged in the sale and valuation of real and personal property since 1993. Matthew has earned the prestigious SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute. Matthew is also a member of the Indiana Real Estate Certification Board, having served since 2016. He also serves as a buyer’s broker for real estate transactions in the Northeast Indiana area. Matthew has served on the board of directors for the Northeast Indiana Association of Realtors, and was president of the association in 2014.