Dan and Laura Dotson, Auctioneers

From A&E: Fast-talking auctioneers, both Dan and his wife Laura are emcees, conducting 1,500 auctions a year together. Hailing from a long line of auctioneers who date back to the ’40s, Dan has been performing auctions since he was 11 years old. He and Laura run American Auctioneers, a company whose profits are based on percentages of the bids. Having been in the business for 37 years, Dan takes pride in his heirloom “auction chant” (the auctioneer’s rhythm of speech), which he has taught Laura.