2016 NYS Hall of Fame Recipient

Jack Lyon

  • Alex Lyon & Son Sales Managers & Auctioneers, Inc.
  • PO Box 610
  • Bridgeport, NY 13030
  • 315-633-2944
  • 315-633-8010
  • office@lyonauction.com
  • www.lyonauction.com

Back in 1950, an entrepreneur by the name of Alex Lyon purchased a farm and property in Bridgeport, NY. There he established the “Alex Lyon Livestock” company. This company primarily handled private treaty negotiations of cattle and farm machinery. Occasionally there was the use of public auction. In the years to follow, the livestock business became one of the largest in New York State.

Its reputation for quality and respectability grew right along with its sales volume. Customers began to know Lyon’s as a company they could trust, and one that would treat them failrly.

As the company was growing, Alex’s son, Jack, was in the wings always anxious to get involved. According to his father, Jack looked and listened carefully and was never short of ambition.

In 1973, Jack graduated from four years at the University of Cincinnati, with a Bachlor’s Dregree in marketing. Following this experience, Jack became more active in the auction business. The operation then began diversifying in the types of auctions they conducted. A major construction company was one of the first to sign an agreement with Jack, allowing Lyon’s to manage their upcoming auction. After the success of this auction, one sale led to another. Alex and his son were on their way to becoming a notionally known auction company.

In those early days, Alex Could have only dreamed of what his company might be like one day. But on that day in 1950 the first seed was planted. From there the roots began to grow and take a frim hold, to form the foundation for what is now “Alex Lyon & Son Sales Managers and Auctioneers, Inc.” Their corporate philosophy throughout the years has been “if you need us, we’ll be there.”

Today, this family-owned operation, still located in Bridgeport, NY, has become a success worldwide. Lyons’ now conducts construction equipment auctions throughout the United Sates and has customers from New York to California. Their customers even come from other countries such as, China, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, Israel and the continent of Africa.


2016 NYS Auctioneer of the Year

Robert “Todd” Jantzi

Bontrager Real Estate & Auction Service

8975 Wortendyke Rd. Batavia, NY 14020

Phone: 585-343-4529

Email- todd@bontragerauction.com


In 1935, Clarence Bontrager founded Brontrager’s Auction Company and quickly established the business on a reputation of honesty, professionalism and personal service. His son Alfred joined the business in 1956, first working as auctioneer, and later also becoming a real estate broker. Over the years another son, Wilbur, worked as auctioneer when needed. Alfred continued to oversee and grow the business after his father died in 1987.

By 1995, Robert “Todd” Jantzi (cousin) was hired and worked in all phases of the auction and real estate business, becoming a professional auctioneer and real estate broker. With Alfred’s retirement in 2009, Todd continues the Bontrager business by providing high quality services with the same personal service that started in 1935. Our goal is to continue to be of service to all our loyal clients.

With Support of an expert staff and years of selling experience, the Bontrager organization prides itself in being recognized as one of the leading full-service auction companies in western NY.

They have over 75 years of experience conduction real estate, farm, estate, business, household and taxation auctions. Serving the Western NY area from Pennsylvania line to Central NY, and conduct 80-100 auctions every year including their weekly Wednesday night auction located at their auction center. Also at the auction center, they have a full service real estate office with salespeople ready to work on your behalf.


NYSAA Annual 2016 Convention


Held in Watkins Glen, at the Harbor Hotel
16 North Franklin St. Watkins Glen, 14891

Speakers for the NYSAA Annual Convention include:

  • David Whitley, CAI, CES, NAA Board Member
  • Rob Mayo, CAI, AARE, ATS, GPPA
  • Marketing Expert: Amanda Funk
  • Doug Campbell, BS : Collectable Expert

Enjoy industry leading seminar’s, Vendor Booths, Fun Auction, Rookie and Bid Calling Competition’s, Advertising Awards, and so much more!


ATS: NAA Designation Class to be held before NYSAA Convention


January 15, 16, and 17th 2016 at the Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen

Instructor: Rob Mayo CAI, AARE, ATS, GPPA

Auction Technology Specialist Course Outline:

  1. Branding
    • Brand Management
    • Types of Advertising
    • Company Brand
    • Brand Mapping
    • Brand Position
    • Brand Tools
    • Content Marketing
    • Specializations
  2. Audience Identification
    • Demographics
    • Tools
    • Current Audience
    • Consumer Trends
    • Look Alike Audiences
    • Target Marketing
  3. Effective Content Creation
    • Creating Better Content
    • Voice
    • Style Guides
    • Item Description
    • Copy
  4. Measuring Efficacy & Efficiency
    • Metrics
    • Conversions
    • Baselines
    • KPIs
    • Analytical Tools
    • A/B Testing
  5. Sales Funnels
    • Descriptions
    • Target/Prospects
    • Converting
    • Results

2015 Auctioneer of the year- James P. Pirrung

James PirrungJames P. Pirrung professional auctioneer, President and CEO of Pirrung Auctioneers, Inc. of Wayland, New York was awarded the prestigious “Auctioneer of the Year” designation by the New York State Auctioneers Association at its 60th annual convention hosted at the Ramada Inn in Geneva,  NY on January 18 and 19th.

The award honors those members who have demonstrated  high  ethical  standards  and  have  made significant contributions to the profession and have strived to raise awareness to the success of marketing through the auction industry.

Pirrung said he was humbled by the recognition. “This award is an honor that I didn’t expect to come my way  and it is most meaningful in the fact that I was selected by my peers. It is without doubt an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many past recipients that I have been mentored by over the many years of membership in the “Association”. My Dad was indoctrinated into the NYS Auctioneers “Hall of Fame” in 1987.”

The Pirrung family auction business is celebrating 67 years this year. Victor “Pat” Pirrung started the business in 1948. It was incorporated in 1978. “My Dad was a  “Pioneer” in selling real estate at auction! Today we specialize in the real estate at auction method in New York State and Pennsylvania, along with agricultural and agribusiness auctions through- out the Eastern United States having sold auctions in 12 states.” Jim’s expertise and nationwide contacts developed over years of industry participation have made him a leader in this niche, being called on regularly as an advisor to farmers, lenders and the legal community.