Brady and Matt

Our Mission

To bring communities together through the buying and selling of Goods.

Our Story

Ottawa River Auctions creation stemmed from Matthew and Brady’s love of auctions for collector purposes. They traveled far and wide throughout Ohio and Michigan attending various types of auctions and realized Toledo and its surrounding areas need a simplified platform for buying and selling goods.

The word Ottawa derives from the word Odawa which means “traders”  and the mission of Ottawa River Auctions: To bring communities together through the buying and selling of goods.

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Meet the Team


Brady Helminiak

C0-Founder & Auctioneer 

Brady is a recent graduate of The Reppert School Of Auctioneering, he finished his apprenticeship in the summer of 2017 and has been fulfilling his dream of working as an auctioneer ever since. Though he is a first generation auctioneer, Brady has been an auction attendee since childhood and has been buying and selling unique items for over a decade. Working as an auction clerk, cashier, and ring-man for over seven years has given Brady a valuable insight concerning how a successful auction should be conducted, as well as knowledge of all things personal property, from the strange to the ordinary. In his spare time Brady can be found at the park with his dog Ophelia or in his kitchen cooking for friends.


Matthew Brown

Co-Founder Owner & Operations

Matthew is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with studies being Business and Sports Management. Since 2006, Matt has put his skills to work in local small businesses and in large corporate settings. Since entering the auction and personal property arena in 2016, Matthew has spent tireless hours learning the ins and outs of the industry through attending auctions and selling collectibles online. During this time, Matt has acquired vast knowledge of values from unique pop culture collectibles, to ordinary household items. When he isn’t working and moving the auction company forward, Matthew is spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors.

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