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From 1979-1981, Merle was a mortgage lender for Tippett Land & Mortgage Co. as a representative for Connecticut General Life Insurance. He has participated, operated and later owned Booker Auction Co from 1975 to present. Also a long time farmer in the Columbia Basin, Merle is a member of numerous organizations and a key supporter of the Columbia Basin Jr Livestock program.
Following 30 years of auction successes, in 2006 Merle completed the Eltopia marketing facility just north of Pasco, WA, where the company is headquartered and his progeny have assumed the day to day auction coordination operations.
Throughout the year, Merle enjoys flying his airplane, taking helicopter lessons and researching possible real estate sales, cleanups and solutions for potential sellers.