Founded more than 35 years ago, Schur Success Group is a two-generation Colorado Auction, Fundraising, Appraisal and Real Estate company with an eye towards the future.
We conduct government surplus auctions, estate auctions, real estate auctions, and much more. We have expert personal property appraisers on staff. We also are a full-service real estate company selling lifestyle properties through our sister company, United Country - Schur Success Realty & Auction.
Schur Success Group is staffed by trained, licensed, certified, and award-winning auctioneers, appraisers, real estate brokers and support staff members.
Shannon Schur, CAI, BAS, GPPA, UCMA
Thanks for stopping by our website and for wanting to meet our staff. My name is Shannon Schur, and I own United Country - Schur Success Realty & Auction with my husband Rich.
I'm a Colorado native, and have lived in several places including La Junta, Arvada, Littleton, Castle Rock, and now I call Monument my home. I love Colorado, and I'm always excited to show out-of-towners my stomping grounds. There is just something magical about living at the foot of America's mountain, and all that Colorado has to offer.
I have been in the auction business for more than 20 years, working with, and eventually taking over for my dad Ray, who started the company in the early 80's. It's an exciting profession. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and was honored and thrilled in 2012 when the Colorado Auctioneers Association inducted me into the Hall of Fame. There's only one other woman in the Hall of Fame, Cookie Lockhart (google her, she's fascinating).
Over the years I've met some incredible people, and made great friends. I've also had the opportunity to sell real estate through the years as an auctioneer. It only made sense that I get my license and become a Realtor myself. I'm officially the "employing broker", but really enjoy being part of the team. We're a small company and I like it that way. We help each other with our projects. There's no "mine" and "yours", it's ours. I think it's the best way to serve our clients. Win-Win-Win for all involved.
When I'm not selling real estate, or calling bids at a Fundraising auction, I like my cup of coffee or glass of wine by the fire. Or better yet, looking at the sun rising on, or setting over Pikes Peak, with my dogs next to me (we have two, Kota and Braska).
Colorado is a great place to call home. I love the mountains, the plains, the wildlife, the city life, and the laid-back lifestyle that lets me be comfortable no matter where I may be.
I'd like to help you find your special place in Colorado. I'm a Realtor after all, and it's my job — no, it's my joy.
Rich Schur, MS Ed., SPHR, CAI, MPPA, BAS, CMEA
There’s a lot of alphabet behind my name! It simply means I love learning. My wife Shannon and I own and operate our United Country office in Monument, Colorado, and we love serving clients up and down the Front Range, from Fort Collins, to Denver, to Castle Rock, and south through Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
In fact, since we are Relators and auctioneers, we serve clients all over Southern Colorado, in the mountains, on the Plains, and even on the Western Slope. We love the Rocky Mountains, and we are privileged to call Monument, Colorado our home.
We live on the edge of the Black Forest, and we are blessed to be able to sit on our back deck and look at the beautiful Rocky Mountains every day. With a southwest exposure, we have a fantastic view of Pikes Peak and the incredible Chapel at the Air Force Academy. There are horse ranches, farms, log cabins, chalets, and lots and lots of trees all around us. I left the Chicago area in 2002, and have not regretted the decision for a single moment. I rarely saw a deer where I lived, and now there’s a herd that wanders through our yard all the time.
I wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowded suburbia and flat landscapes. I grew up north of Chicago in a town called Deerfield. I lived in several places in Lake County, and for more than 12 years, I worked locally as a police officer. My kids were born and grew up in Lake County. But there were no mountains. I had to suffer through all kinds of development before I could find farms or ranches. Wildlife was scarce.
In Colorado, I met Shannon, who was an accomplished auctioneer. The more I spent time with her, the more I enjoyed the profession, and chose to become a full time auctioneer. In fact, I think the decision was a factor in her agreeing to marry me. I enjoy the profession so much, I gave up my jobs in higher education and my side business in HR. I even became the 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer!!
Hence the alphabet. I love learning (I have a Master’s in Adult Education) and continue to take as many classes and studies as I can. The CAI is the Certified Auctioneers Institute, one of the most prestigious designations in the industry. I’ve also earned the BAS, or Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation, in recognition of our work helping non-profit organizations raise funds through auctions.
My newest designation came after we joined United Country, and I attended the Auctioneer Academy. I’m proud to say I’m now a United Country Master Auctioneer (UCMA)… There’s not that many of us!
Along the way, I became a Realtor and despite my initial fears, I now love selling property – either the “traditional way” or via auction. I have made some great friends as a Realtor, both buyers and sellers. Being a Realtor means I get to know people, and get to understand their needs in buying or selling a home or property. This creates the opportunity for a relationship. I’m a people person, so this was a win!
I’ve also become a Master Asset Appraiser. I can appraise just about any kind of personal property, but as a gear head, I enjoy the mechanical “stuff”. When I’m not helping clients buy or sell property, or appraising their things, I serve on the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce as the Co-Chair. I’ve been on the Board of the National Auctioneers Association and still serve on several committees, and am a Past President of the Colorado Auctioneers Association. When I’m not doing that, I travel the country as an instructor for auctioneers and appraisers. And, in the little spare time I have left, I enjoy working in my wood shop.
So, enough about me. What about you? How can I help you?
Call me directly at (719) 210-6230. That’s my cell. I don’t mind calls “after business hours”. If I'm not around, you can talk to anyone on our team, as we work together on every project to give you the best service we can.
Michael “Whit” Whitfield, CAI, GPPA
Hi There! I'm Whit, and I'm proud to be an auctioneer and personal property appraiser with the United Country - Schur Success Realty and Auction Team. I have lived on the Front Range of Colorado for over five years. Although I'm not a Colorado native, I got here as quick as I could. The best part of Colorado for me is the bright, sunny afternoons with amazing views of snow-capped mountains.
I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. I earned a BSBA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Arkansas in 1998. After college, I lived in Lincoln, Nebraska for 8 years working in a variety of sales and marketing professions, including transportation sales, retail management, and non-profit membership development.
While living in Nebraska, I began to attend government surplus property auctions to purchase inventory for a small business I owned. I instantly became fascinated with the auction method as an effective form of commerce. I started going to as many auctions that I could to watch them make the magic happen.
In 2014, I made the commitment to follow my passion and completed auction school. As an auctioneer, I have marketed a variety of residential, commercial and industrial assets in both live and on-line auction settings. In 2015, I began the process to become a personal property appraiser. I enjoy the research part of appraisals, and the constant learning I do as I look at all the many assets I get to appraise. I am proud to have earned the Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation.
As a GPPA, I will develop a professional valuation and report of your assets that will meet the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice, or USPAP. I can appraise almost any tangible asset of value, however, as a self-proclaimed "tech geek", my favorite items to appraise are computer and scientific equipment. My favorite part of the appraisal process is utilizing my research skills to understand the history of an asset, to analyze the factors affecting value, and to develop a specific value under a unique set of conditions.
Appraisals of personal and business property are needed for a myriad of reasons, including insurance replacement, estate tax, and charitable donation. If you have an appraisal need, please give me a call and I'll walk you through the process.
Of course, there's no obligation ever. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
Erin Turner, AMM, PRI
Welcome to Schur Success and United Country. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic team to find the right new owner for your property or help you find that piece of land or home you’ve always dreamed of owning.
I’ve been visiting Colorado since I was about three years old. Being from the Midwest, I was lucky enough to have relatives that we would trek out here to see at least once a year. I finally decided to stop just visiting the people who lived here, and instead become one of them, in 2002.
Now I’m the one who has the pleasure of hosting friends and family when they need a little mountain air and views that consistently amaze. My family and I love the open space, easy access to the mountains and the laid-back lifestyle that this area has to offer. I swore when I moved here that I’d strive to never take for granted the beauty that we are surrounded by every single day. With 300 plus days of sunshine a year, it’s a wonder the rest of the country hasn’t migrated here yet.
I wholeheartedly believe that strong relationships and how you treat people is the key to success in this world. My background is in Human Resources, Leadership & Employee Development, and most recently, Partnership Marketing. I’ve worked in a hotel, steel plant, consulting firm, pharmaceutical company and with Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Committee. Although every place I’ve worked sounds significantly different from the next, my success at each has been a result of building strong relationships. Real estate is no different. We can show you why. Colorado has so much to offer – let us help you discover your place in it.