“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
This quote from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson applies to our latest Hall of Fame inductee. Steve Bonham is recognized as an industry leader when it comes to marketing livestock—whether in the pasture or on the auction block. His passion for the club calf industry, specifically, is infectious and has inspired thousands of young people across the country for over 25 years. If you buy show steers or heifers, chances are you have been to Newcastle, Oklahoma, where Steve has resided since 1986. Having one of the quickest eyes for livestock of anyone you will meet, Steve has selected and marketed hundreds of show ring champions and sale ring elites. His customers have won steer shows in virtually all 48 contiguous states.
Steve felt at an early age that he had a gift for auctioneering and attended Gregg’s School of Auctioneering following his freshman year in high school, where he received the “Outstanding Auctioneer” Award among other attendees two to three times his age. Today, his voice can be heard at many of the leading cattle auctions across the United States.
Steve and his wife, Stacey, have two sons, Logan, 16, and Baylor, 9. Steve’s foresight and his uncanny knack for making others want to be a part of what he is doing leave a lasting impression. He feels very blessed to be able to earn a living doing what he loves while helping others achieve their dreams and hopefully having a positive influence on young people involved in the livestock industry.