About Thomas Cottle
Thomas Cottle is a Texas native, born and raised on the Gulf Coast. Growing up in a military family was a significant factor in Tom’s early development. His father instilled a sense of honor, self-sufficiency and dedication that helped form his character. Hunting and fishing with his father and older brothers was the highlight of every summer growing up. Thomas’ mother was also a powerful influence. She instilled in him a strenuous work ethic by working in, managing and owning restaurants over the majority of her life and involving him in those enterprises whenever possible.
Shortly after graduating from High School, Thomas attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (Now Texas State University) which prepared him well for the business world. Thomas joined his brother in medical equipment sales in 1986 and together they built a very well respected company over twenty years, which he sold in 2013. Becoming a Texas licensed auctioneer (Thomas Cottle – Texas Licensed Auctioneer #17078) in 2012 allowed Thomas to become a more important part of his wife, Georgia’s, estate liquidation and appraisal practice with a focus on appraisals of fine art, firearms, and collectibles.
Thomas has had many interests over his life and due to that early interaction with firearms and hunting, has maintained a passion for pistols and long guns to this day. Receiving a Federal Firearms License as a manufacturer / dealer of firearms in 2016 and having been fortunate enough to curate some beautiful collections to offer for sale are recent highlights of his growing firearm business. Thomas is someone dedicated to earning your trust, and it will quickly become apparent that he does practice the Golden Rule and knows how important it is to walk the walk if you’re going to talk the talk.