COLUMBUS — More than 200 auctioneers and guests attended the Ohio Auctioneers Association’s annual winter conference, Jan. 11-13 in Columbus at which the organization bestowed its highest honor to two top auctioneers.
The hall of fame committee inducted Jerry L. Stichter, of Troy, and Lori Kiko, of Canton, during the annual hall of fame luncheon.
Kiko recently became the first woman and the third generation of her family inducted into the Ohio Auctioneers Association (OAA) Hall of Fame.
Kiko joins her father, grandfather and uncle in the OAA Hall of Fame. The first OAA Hall of Fame induction included Kiko’s grandfather, Russ Kiko, who founded Kiko Auctioneers in 1945. Kiko’s father, Richard Kiko Sr., was inducted in 1991 and Kiko’s uncle, James Kiko, was inducted in 2003.
She is an auctioneer and realtor with Kiko Auctions of Canton and has been full time with the family owned and operated company since 1982. Kiko has served on the board of directors of the OAA, National Auctioneers Association, and Stark County Association of Realtors. She recently completed a three-year term on the Ohio Auctioneers Commission, a position appointed by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
In 1997, Kiko won the women’s division of the International Auctioneers Championship and has served as a judged for countless bid calling and auctioneers contests across the nation.
Kiko is a real estate broker and has completed the Graduate Real Estate Institute and Certified Estate Specialist designations.
Stichter graduated from Troy High School and Ohio University and taught in the Troy schools. He was licensed as an auctioneer in 1975, licensed as a real estate agent in 1977 and as a broker in 2007.
Stichter is president of Jerry Stichter Auctioneer, Inc., and a broker associate of Garden Gate Realty, Inc. He conducts both auction and traditional real estate brokerage, personal property auctions and appraisal services for homes, farms and businesses throughout southwest Ohio.
He has conducted an estimated 3,000 auctions of personal property and real estate. He is a member of Ohio and National Auctioneers Associations and served on the OAA board of directors and as committee chairman for the NAA election committee.
He earned the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation from Indiana University in 1989 and the Certified Estate Specialist (CES) designation in 2008.
Stichter is a member of the local, state and national Boards of Realtors. He received the Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR) Award of Achievement in 2008. He is a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA).
Stichter resides in Troy with his wife, Debra.