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July 19, 2013 12:22 ET

Co-Founder of Williams & Williams Tommy Williams Inducted Into Auctioneer Hall of Fame

TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - Jul 19, 2013) -  Thomas L. "Tommy" Williams, co-founder of Williams & Williams (www.williamsauction.com), the premier brand in real estate auctions, was inducted into the Auctioneer Hall of Fame by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). The prestigious honor was bestowed on Williams at the NAA's 64th Annual International Conference and Show, which took place last week in Indianapolis, IN. Tommy Williams was recognized as one of the most influential, respected and successful auctioneers in the world.

A founding partner of Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction, along with his son Dean Williams, Tommy Williams has auctioned over 10,000 real estate properties throughout the United States and is an advisor to auctions conducted throughout Western Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Williams served as president of Williams & Williams from 1986-2000, and became Chairman of the Board in 2001 before selling his interest in the business to his son in 2004. He has been a member of the National Auctioneers Association since 1963 and served as President in 2009. Today, Tommy Williams continues to serve as a premier auctioneer for Williams & Williams

"This is an honor well-deserved by my father," said Dean Williams. "He is a leader who has tremendous impact on the growth and expansion of the auction industry while remaining profoundly dedicated to the highest level of integrity, transparency and effectiveness of live auction."

Williams & Williams, along with sister company Auction Network®, are co-owned and operated by Dean Williams and Pam McKissick, creator and founder of Auction Network, under parent company Williams, Williams & McKissick (WWM). A key aspect of WWM's unique value proposition is its live on-site, global auction strategy. Williams & Williams is the only major auction company to conduct its live auctions simultaneously at the property and live online. Sister company Auction Network® plays a key role in Williams & Williams' "Live From Location" auctions, enabling remote bidders to compete in real time with on-site bidders -- making WWM an industry leader.

"Tommy Williams is iconic in the auction industry," said Pam McKissick, co-owner and CEO of Williams, Williams & McKissick. "I'm delighted that he's being recognized for all he has meant to so many."

Williams & Williams, in partnership with sister company Auction Network®, is recognized for its unique ability to successfully handle some of the largest and most visible sales in the country. Earlier this year Williams & Williams was awarded the highest marketing honors of the year in the 2013 National Auctioneers Association/USA Today marketing competition. Out of the more than 800 entries received, Williams & Williams Auction was named the Grand Champion and was also awarded the Auction Marketing Campaign of the Year and Best in Show for Advertising and Public Relations.

Tommy Williams represents the third generation of Williams auctioneers dating back to the mid-1800s. He is a graduate of the historic Reppert School of Auctioneering and the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) and earned a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Penn State University. An avid cattleman, Williams also owned and operated Bradmar Angus Farms from 1965-85, after which he continued to serve as a herd and genetics consultant for many of the nation's premier Angus cattle breeders.

About Williams & Williams:
Williams & Williams® (www.williamsauction.com) is a worldwide real estate auction leader. The only auction company to combine the proven effectiveness of live, at-the-property auctions with the global reach and convenience of real time, interactive bidding, Williams & Williams auction teams sell throughout the United States and abroad and have a proven performance record for all types of real estate sales. To sell your property, call 800-801-8003.

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