Meet Our Industry Experts

We offer a team of seasoned sales, auction, equipment, marketing and advertising experts that are ready to maximize your returns. Unlike most of our industry peers, our entire team—from our office personnel to our field crews—is comprised of SAM employees, so you can rest assured that your equipment is safe and your needs will be promptly and professionally met.

John Lines

President and CEO

John created Surplus Asset Management in 1988 after nearly a decade of working in the supermarket and construction industries. In the company’s early years, John built a strong client base on the foundation of consistent results and unwavering integrity. Today, John deals directly with clients throughout the auction process, overseeing sales operations and ensuring that his vision is thriving in each job.

Chuck Lines

VP of Operations

For over a decade, Chuck has put his finance and managerial expertise to work for SAM Auctions. He is deeply involved in sales throughout the country, ensuring each event is impeccably staffed and carried out to exceed expectations. He frequently attends auctions, and serves as the on the ground contact for clients. Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has a demonstrated command of finance and its impact on client capital.

Ben Smith

Chief Strategy Officer

For the past 20 years, Ben has run national technology consulting firms, held the stage with household brand names as an advertising strategist, worked in venture capital, and has led sales and marketing for exceptional organizations. Today he is helping SAM reimagine the industry, blending operations, marketing, and technology while curating a new corporate culture. Some companies are good at what they do … Ben ensures we strive to be great.