August 23, 2007, Overland Park, KS – A leader in the auction industry and mentor to his peers, the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) inducted Tom “Spanky” Assiter into tis Hall of Fame. Mr. Assiter was honored at the President’s Gala during the 58th International Auctioneers Conference and Show in San Diego.
Fulfilling a childhood dream, “Spanky” Assiter not only became an auctioneer, but a legend in the industry. Since founding the Amarillo, Texas based Assiter & Associates LLC in 1983, “Spanky” has become one of the most sought after auctioneers in the world. Auto enthusiasts around the world tune in every year to see “Spanky” and his trademark glasses on his forehead sell collector cars at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In additional to Mr. Assiter’s extensive work with major automobile manufacturers, his selling experience also includes livestock, antiques and real estate. “Spanky” is currently one of five auctioneers for the Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing Association which is the world’s largest thoroughbred horse auction. In addition to thoroughbred horse auctions, Mr. Assiter’s livestock auction experience includes purebred cattle and Arabian horse auctions. Antique experience includes selling for Red Baron’s Architectural Antiques which sells millions of dollars worth of antiques quarterly.
Committed to the future of the auction industry, “Spanky” has been a role model and mentor to his fellow auctioneers as an instructor at the World Wide College of Auctioneering, a former member of the NAA’s Board of Directors, and Past-President and officer of the Texas Auctioneers Association. “Spanky” earned the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI) designation in 1989 and the highly coveted International Auctioneers Championship award in 1991.
“Spanky” lives in Canyon, Texas with his wife, Amy Assiter, and their three children.
About the NAA
Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) represents the interests of almost 6,000 auctioneers in the United States, Canada and across the world. Founded in 1949, the mission of the NAA is to promote the auction method of marketing and enhancing the professionalism of its members through education and technology. In 2006, the auction industry grew by 7.1% with over $257 billion in goods and services sold. To learn more about Auctioneers, auctions and the NAA visit: www.auctioneers.org