Joe Wilson has led the company as president since 1986. He lives by the motto “Treat everyone as you want to be treated,
be completely honest, and practice Christian principles in your business.”
Joe is a second generation auctioneer. He grew up in an auction family and began doing odd jobs in his father’s auction businessas a young boy. In 1972 he graduated Fort Smith Auction School, earned his auctioneer license and began working full time in the family business.
Wilson obtained his real estate sales license in 1973 and went on to become a broker in 1981. In 1994 Joe received the Certified Auctioneers Institute designation from Indiana University. CAI is an executive development program and is the most prestigious designation awarded in the auction industry.
Wilson is Past President of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association, Past President of the National Auctioneers Licensing Law Officials Association and Past Chairman of the Arkansas Auctioneers Licensing Board, originally appointed to the board by Governor Bill Clinton in 1989.
In 1996 Wilson was elected Director of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), went on to serve as Vice President in 1999 and in 2001 was elected President of the 6,500 member world wide organization and served as one of the most outstanding Presidents in NAA history. In 2003, Wilson was inducted into the Arkansas Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Joe continues to be active in both State and National Auctioneers Associations and was recently honored with the President’s Award of Distinction during the 2007 NAA Conference and Show. As chairman of the “Investing in Our Future” initiative, Joe led the National Auctioneers Foundation in raising over Three Million Dollars to strengthen the association and the industry’s future.
Along with being an active company CEO, Joe is an instructor at Reppert School of Auctioneering in Auburn, Indiana. He also serves as a continuing education instructor to the auction industry and the real estate industry, having taught in over 42 states, Canada and Mexico. Joe is a regular guest speaker before national audiences on various topics of selling real estate at auction.
Joe has been married for 41 years to Susan Wilson. Joe and Susan have 2 daughters, Sarah Kathryn and Meredith, and a son, Spencer. The family has grown to include Sara Kathryn’s husband, Matt, and grandchildren, Charli Ann, Olivia & Corbete. Meredith’s husband David and grandson’s Owen and Ethan. Spencer’s Wife Amber and granddaughters Abbie and Allie. Joe and his family are active members of Hot Springs Baptist Church.