Paul Spitler grew up in the Shawnee/Meeker areas where he got his start in the Cattle and Livestock business while active in the FFA. Paul has been in the Real Estate and Livestock business in the Prague area since 1956 beginning with his first office five and one-half miles west of Prague on Highway 62.
1964 took him to Wilcox, Arizona where he was President and General Manager of Southwest Pipeline Company of Wilcox for three years. In 1968, he returned to Prague and the Real Estate field when he and Doyal Greer opened the Prague Realty. Graduating from the Fort Smith School of Auctioneering in 1969 lead to Paul purchasing Mr. Greer’s interest and changing the name to Paul D. Spitler Real Estate & Auction Service in 1970. His father W.L. Spitler joined him in the company as a Real Estate Broker in 1969.
Paul is a highly-respected business man and civic leader being a long-time member of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the BancFirst Board of Directors and on the Hospital Board of Directors for 15 years. Paul served as Lion's Club President in 1970, Chamber President in 1975 and was the 1979 Kolache Festival President. He is also a past President of the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association.
In 1999, Paul was inducted into the Oklahoma State Auctioneer’s Association Hall of Fame which honors members who have given many years of dedicated service to the auctioneering profession. In 2001, the Prague Chamber of Commerce honored Paul with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for all his civic work in the community.
His wife Emily joined him in the Real Estate business in 1978 as a sales associate and then obtained her Broker’s License one year later. Continuing in the family tradition, their daughter Stacey is now employed in the Apartment/Property Management business and just recently obtained her Oklahoma State Real Estate Sales Associate License. Stacey is in charge of the website and social media content for the company.
About Spitler-Johnson Auction & Realty…….
Paul has been in the Real Estate and Livestock business in the Prague area since 1956 beginning with his first office five and one-half miles west of Prague on Highway 62.
In 1968, he returned to Prague and the Real Estate field when he and Doyal Greer opened the Prague Realty. Graduating from the Fort Smith School of Auctioneering in 1969 lead to Paul purchasing Mr. Greer’s interest and changing the name to Paul D. Spitler Real Estate & Auction Service in 1970.
Spitler purchased the Prague Stockyards in 1975 and formed Spitler Auction, Inc.
Tracy Sullivan joined Paul as an auctioneer in 1982 and eventually became a partner when the name was changed to Spitler-Sullivan Auction and Realty in 1993.
During this time, the Spitler-Sullivan name became well known throughout the state as they specialized in lumberyard liquidations as well as other liquidations, livestock, antiques and estates. As time went by, they started selling most of their real estate transactions by way of auction.
Several other auctioneers have worked with Paul and Tracy over the years, one of which was Tom Johnson. Tracy left the company to pursue other business ventures and Tom stepped in and became a partner with Paul. On January 1, 2016, the name was officially changed to Spitler-Johnson Auction & Realty.
Today, the company conducts auctions throughout the state of Oklahoma. While most of their real estate business is conducted by auction, they also conduct antique, estate, livestock and liquidation sales.
Tom Johnson was raised in southeastern Oklahoma where he attended auctions regularly with his grandfather. This began his passion for auctions and in 1985 graduated from Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, Mo. He began immediately auctioning every chance he could and had the privilege of working with some of the best auction companies in Oklahoma.
Tom is proud to be a partner in the Spitler-Johnson Auction and Realty in Prague, OK. Tom holds his Oklahoma Real Estate License and is a member of both the OSAA and NAA. In 2000 Tom was named the State Runner Up Champion Bid Caller for the Oklahoma State Auctioneer Association. In 2007 the Oklahoma Auctioneer’s Association held its first Ringman Championship and Tom took home the Champion’s Trophy.
Tom has been active in his community by serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Holdenville. He has also served as past President of the Holdenville Chamber of Commerce and the Holdenville Lions Club and has worked on many other civic projects. Tom has also served on the OSAA Board of Directors.
Tom and his wife Melody have been married for 37 years. They have raised three children and are blessed to have two daughters-in-law and four grandsons and a granddaughter.