At the annual 2016 National Auctioneers Association Convention Jack Hines of Hines Auction Service, Inc. of Ellsworth, WI was honored by being inducted into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.

The following article is an excerpt by James Myers, contributor…

It’s a tradition that began in 1961 and has resulted in bronze-etched portraits of leaders in the auction industry lining the walls of the NAA Headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas. There are now 151 inductees in the NAA Hall of Fame as three more were inducted during the President’s Gala at the 67th Annual International Auctioneers Conference & Show in Grand Rapids.

The three most recent inductees include: Jack Hines, CAI, AARE, GPPA; Randy Wells, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, GPPA; and U.S. Rep. Billy Long. The men were chosen by 40-plus other Hall of Fame members last year during the Conference & Show in Texas, and that decision was kept a secret all year. That secret was kept, per custom, all the way to the induction ceremony, where speakers do their best not to reveal the person they are inducting as they explain their relationship to the inductee. Slowly, the information is pieced together and by the end of the speech, most know they are the chosen ones.

Jack Hines
Louis “Benny” Fisher, Jr., CAI, a 2004 inductee, had the honor of inducting Jack Hines. Like Schofield, he began describing a man who comes from farm life and joked about him fitting the age-old tale of a boy who walked 10, 15, 20 miles to school through one-to-three feet of snow– only to arrive at a one-room school house after milking a herd of cows.

“My honoree takes the top honor in terms of being a jokester,” Fisher said. “Who would turn an outhouse topsy-turvy with a client still inside? Who would put chickens in teachers lounges?” He described a man who “rescued a very famous person” from a train wreck and delivered him to Minneapolis to a performance hall. “My buddy wasn’t even bright enough to take a $100 tip from the director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,” Fisher said. Fisher described that in 1980, a year of financial crisis struck his friend, resulting in heavy debt that would have “destroyed far lesser men.” He said it took 25 years but every cent of that debt was repaid.

When Fisher announced Hines as the second inductee that evening, Hines said he realized whom he was talking about at the mention of the chickens in the lounge. “Well I just happened to be a little part of that,” Hines said. “Me and my buddy put nine chickens in there one night, and you know what was on them chairs in the morning.”

Hines, from Ellsworth Wisconsin, has been in the auctioneering profession for more than a half-century. While that statistic alone is impressive, perhaps more incredible is the fact that in the last 50 years, he’s only missed one term as a World Wide College of Auctioneering senior instructor.

“Folks,” he said during his induction speech, “I live the business. I’ve been teaching for 49 years. Hopefully, by this time next year, it will be 50. I have a passion for the auction business. I live it. I talk it.” Hines, like other NAA Hall of Fame inductees, has a laundry list of accomplishments, awards and commendations, including his induction into the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association in 1997. He served on the NAA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2007 and was a Foundation Trustee from 2010 to 2012. Hines also served a 10-year term as chairman of the Greater Midwest Livestock Auctioneers Championship.

The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association is a non-profit trade association that exists for the purpose of promoting the growth and professionalism of the auction method of marketing and Auctioneering in the State of Wisconsin. For further information our website is www.wisconsinauctioneers.org or you may call 1 608 558 5041.