The National Auctioneers Association inducted three members into its Hall of Fame on July 14.
J. Craig King, CAI, AARE, CCIM, of J.P. King Auction Co., Gadsden, Ala.; Dean Howard, CAI, AARE, CES, of Dean Howard & Daughters Auction Co., Decatur, Tenn.; and Joe Wilson, CAI, of Wilson Auctioneers Inc., Hot Springs, Ark., were honored.
King’s sister, Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS, welcomed him at the podium during the President’s Gala and Hall of Fame Awards event at the NAA’s annual Conference and Show in Orlando, Fla. Earlier that evening, Christie King became the association’s first female President.
In 1992, Craig King became President and Chief Executive Officer of boutique auction company J.P. King, which specializes in luxury real estate and auctions of valuable assets. Throughout his career, he has personally sold more than 10,000 properties with sales prices totaling $1 billion.
Howard joined the NAA and the Tennessee Auctioneers Association after completing auction school in 1975. In 1980, he was elected President of the state association and would go on to be inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1993. From 1991 to 1993, Howard served as a Director for the NAA.
Committed to lifelong learning, Howard was part of the charter class of the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI).
Wilson has served the auction industry in several leadership positions in the past 30 years. He was elected Director of the NAA in 1996 and five years later served as President. After serving as President, Wilson went on to lead the largest fund-raising initiative in the association’s history, getting more than $3 million in donations.
In 1989, Wilson was appointed by then Gov. Bill Clinton to serve on the Arkansas Auctioneers Licensing Board, for which he would eventually become chairman. A Past President of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association, Wilson joined his father as a member of this association’s Hall of Fame in 2003.