The National Auctioneers Association inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 15, during the 61st International Auctioneers Conference and Show.
Auctioneers Barry Gordon, CAI, AARE, CES, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; R. Bracky Rogers, CAI, CES, Mount Airy, N.C.; and William Yonce, CAI, Florence, S.C., were honored for their lifetime of service to the auction industry and to the NAA at the annual President’s Gala.
Gordon is co-owner of Gordon’s Estate Services. He has been a licensed Auctioneer and appraiser since 1972, and he was instrumental in authoring the Certified Estate Specialist designation for the NAA Education Institute. He continues to serve as an instructor for the NAA Education Institute.
“I’m honored, and surprised, and shocked,” Gordon said of his NAA induction. “I have enjoyed being in the auction industry for many years, and I thank everyone for this honor.”
R. Bracky Rogers, CAI, CES, founded Rogers Realty & Auction Co. Inc., Mount Airy, N.C., in 1974. He is a licensed Realtor in five states and a licensed Auctioneer in seven states. Prior to being inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame, Rogers was inducted into the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina Hall of Fame in 1992 and served as NAA President in 2000-01.
Rogers’ induction into the NAA Hall of Fame was announced moments after his son, B. Mark Rogers, CAI, AARE, Mount Airy, N.C., took the office of President of the NAA – making the pair the first father and son to serve as Presidents in the 61-year history of the NAA.
“What can you say on a night like this?” Rogers said after his induction. “I’m blessed with the best family in the world, the best wife, the best church, the best staff and the best friends. This is the greatest honor of my life.”
Yonce is a member of the South Carolina Auctioneers Hall of Fame, and he served on the NAA Board of Directors. He was President and Chairman of the Board for the Auction Marketing Institute (now NAA Education Institute), and he has served as an instructor for Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, High Point, N.C., for more than 20 years.
Yonce is Senior Auctioneer for the Carolina Auction Team Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., and he has conducted auctions from coast to coast during his 40 years of service to the auction industry.
“What a great surprise,” Yonce said. “This is a great, great organization with truly wonderful people. I’m honored to receive this recognition.”