About - Team Biography

Team Biographies

staff John Cardoza, CAI BAS, CES, CAGA - Auctioneer/Owner
Started his career as an auctioneer by graduating from the Missouri Auction School in 1984. Having a speech impediment and taking 5 years of special speech in grade school made becoming an auctioneer a huge challenge. In the course of his career, John has earned his CAI, (Certified Auctioneer’s Institute) one of less than 20 auctioneers in the State of California. John also graduated from the Charter class for his BAS (Benefit Auction Specialist), received his CES (Certified Estate Specialist) and is a Certified Appraiser with CAGA (Certified Appraiser Guild of America). John is currently on the Board of Directors for the Western States Auction Association.

John has conducted thousands of auctions including Storage, Abandonment, Benefit, Estate, Bankruptcy, Antique, Government, and Business Liquidations. He lived on Princess, Norwegian, and Crystal Cruise Lines conducting art auctions. He has also been on 5 episodes of the hit reality TV show about storage auctions, “Auction Hunters.”

When he is not working with auctions, John enjoys motorcycle riding, Dancing, and cruises. He met his love, Donna on Match.com in 2002 and the rest is history. John has a daughter, Melodee, his son-in-law Caleb, and two grandchildren Autumn & Braden.

staff Donna Cardoza, Owner
Retired after twenty five years as a 9-1-1 Police and Fire Emergency Services Dispatcher for the City of Turlock. If that wasn’t stressful enough, she is now involved in the day to day operations of Storage Auction Experts. Sometimes you might even see Donna at the auctions!

John shocked everyone (especially Donna) by proposing to her while conducting the auction for the annual Turlock Police Department Christmas party (how appropriate) in 2006. Donna was widowed in 1999 and has two daughters, Christina and Stephanie.

Christina is married to Jason and is a Store Manager for a major baby retail store. Her husband Jason is a counselor and he likes Chevy Impalas and the Oakland Raiders. They reside in Watsonville with their two pit bulls. Donna's other daughter Stephanie works for the State of California as an Attorney. Her husband, Tarek, is a personal Banker for a major bank. They are the proud parents of their daughter, Elliana and they live in Sacramento.

While not at auctions Donna enjoys reading, jewelry making, baking and travelling and spending time with her girlfriends. She loves her animals and likes to become involved in her community towards a good cause.

staffCraig Plante, BAS, BS - Auctioneer
He has been with Storage Auction Experts for 4 years. Prior to joining the team, Craig worked at Modesto Police Department for 27 years. During that time he rose to the rank of Sergeant and worked in Operations, Investigations and was a member of the SWAT team. In 2005 he won the department's highest award, the Medal of Honor. Just before leaving MPD, Craig “cracked” a 9 year old, cold case murder. Craig was able to get the murderer to both confess and to reveal the long hidden body of the victim. This crime was featured on the national TV show “On the Case with Paula Zahn and the episode was called “Cry on my Shoulder.” He also was a featured auctioneer on the reality TV “Auction Hunters.”

Craig is usually seen with his beautiful wife, Elena. Together they have three children; Steve is a Stanislaus County Deputy (who proudly wears the Medal of Valor), Michele who is a “Professional Picker” hitting estate sales and flea markets, turning a nice profit while remaining a stay-at-home mother. Jennifer, is the adventurous one who moved to San Francisco from New York. Steve and his wife Kristin have a girl Kaylee who is 2 and are expecting their 2nd any time. Michele has been married to Cliff for 8 years now and has a daughter Paige 5 and a 3 year old boy Ace. Jennifer is single and in no special hurry to change that status!

staff Travis Regalo - Auctioneer
I have been working with John my whole life volunteering with nonprofit auctions and always had the desire to work with auctions. I come from a big family who is always there to support me, and I am grateful for having wonderful parents with a keen sense of humor. I am the youngest of 4, I have one sister and two brothers, both who are in the military. I’m looking forward to learning more of life’s lessons, as I have recently become an uncle to a beautiful baby girl. My Family and I are always involved with our community and non profits, the most common charity you would find us would be in Hopeton (by Snelling) located at the Saint John’s Festa grounds. I am Portuguese descent as is common here in the Central Valley and I have become active with this culture. When I am not with Storage Auction Experts, you can find me bullfighting or hanging out with my team as I am a “Forcado” for Aposento de Turlock. This has taught me a lot about life and the history of the culture, and how important it is to stay active in our community. I am looking forward to meeting all of our friends with Storage Auction Experts!

staffJoseph Moreno - Auctioneer
Joseph Moreno is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. After he received an honorable discharge, he attended college in Santa Barbara and majored in psychology with a focus on autism. After Joseph completed college, he took a sales and marketing position for State Farm Insurance. He eventually changed his focus and decided to work in the storage industry where he's has done maintenance, auditing, and work as both a manager and district manager for storage facilities. When he is not working, he likes to workout, visit family, and take walks with his beautiful wife Linda and his dogs. Joseph will soon be starting auction school in Montana and will be graduating in June.

staff Brenda Stehle, Office Manager
Brenda has come out of retirement to join our team after a very satisfying career in emergency services. Starting with records and security at Modesto Junior College while obtaining her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, she cut her teeth on dispatching at Ceres Police Department. She loved her career at Turlock Police Department starting in 1976 until 2011. Most of her years were spent in 9-1-1 Emergency Services, then on to records, retiring only to return part time to "float as needed" through records, administration, neighborhood services, detectives and, dearest to her heart, animal services.
She and her husband, Larry, who is also retired from a long time law enforcement career, have three adult daughters and three grandchildren (more if you count the "honorary daughters and grandchildren). Three "adoptees" from animal services keep them from having "empty nest syndrome".

staff Melodee Cluster, Social Media Assistant
Melodee lives in Oregon, and is John Cardoza’s daughter. She assists with social media, such as emailing the daily updates and utilizing Twitter. She was raised with a healthy amount of positive auction exposure. Melodee is happily married to Caleb Cluster, and they have two children; a little girl named Autumn, and a little boy named Braden. Melodee graduated with her Associates of General Studies in June of 2014, bachelor’s in Speech Communication in 2015, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Caleb is graduating with a bachelors in Manufacturing Engineering. In addition to working for Storage Auction Experts, Melodee may be found attending classes, teaching public speaking (Comm 111), enjoying her family, or spending time with friends. Melodee is also a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, reveling in assisting women with their skin care and cosmetic needs. Melodee and Caleb have multiple hobbies, and enjoy doing just about anything exciting; travelling, shopping, rock climbing, camping and many other active pastimes.

staff Francine Simbalenko, Office
Francine recently joined our team to experience an exciting and fun occupation. She resigned from 9 years of law enforcement work to be a stay at home mom. Francine graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2005, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. While attending college she worked at Turlock Police Department in their Records Department. She then graduated and decided to work at CSU Stanislaus as a 911 Dispatcher. Francine is happily married to her husband of 9 years and has a 4 year old son, and two daughters the ages of 1 and 2. Their family also has two female black labs. In her spare time, you will find Francine doing many activities with her family and friends. She also enjoys exercise, sports and parties!