CANTON, Ohio — Richard T. Kiko Sr. is celebrating his 50th year of auctioneering.
Richard is part of the Kiko Auction Family and is currently president, broker and stockholder of Richard T. Kiko Agency, Inc. Realtors and sits on the board of Russ Kiko Associates, Inc., Auctioneers where he is also a stockholder.
Kiko was born and raised in Stark County. He grew up working with his father and brothers both on their 238-acre dairy farm and at auctions. He graduated from Canton South High School. In 1958, he obtained his auctioneering license from the State of Ohio.
Kiko has been a licensed real estate agent since 1961, and in 1969, started Richard T. Kiko Agency, Inc. which is the sister company to Russ Kiko Associates Inc., allowing the companies to be pioneers in real estate at auction.
Kiko has dedicated his career to marketing real estate and personal property.
Giving back to the community has always been a priority. Kiko has been a Canton Rotarian; a member and past director of the Stark County Board of Realtors; a member and director of the East Central Ohio Pilots Association; a president and director of the Ohio Auctioneers Association; a director of the National Auctioneers Association; and has been affiliated with many other clubs and organizations over the past 50 years.
Kiko has been inducted into the Ohio Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association Halls of Fame and granted the Emeritus Member status from the Stark County Board of Realtors.
Richard and his wife of 44 years, Patricia, still reside in Stark County and are the parents of eight children, grandparents of 17 and great-grandparents of one.
Six of Kiko’s children currently work side by side with their father on a daily basis and are carrying on the tradition started by their grandfather.
When not on the auction block or out selling real estate, Kiko enjoys spending time with his wife, collecting antique cars, fishing and especially flying his vintage Cessna 182 from the airstrip on his farm where he has lived and raised his family for over 39 years.
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