HOLSTEIN - Jim McGuire of Holstein's McGuire Auction Co., Inc., was named to the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame on Feb. 4 at the organization's annual convention.
Almost immediately after taking over the family business, Jim got his real estate license in several neighboring states including South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Soon , the family business had a recognizable name for all types of auctions, but most noticeably for farm land sales. Throughout his career, Jim has sold livestock, antiques, cars, farm machinery and throughout the 1980's many complete liquidations of factories and other commercial and industrial ventures. In fact, at one point in his career Jim actually inventoried, appraised, and gave witness in court to the complete liquidation of the former Parsons College. Ironically the day of that testimony,Jim was also asked to complete the sale of the college to the Maharishi for Transcendental Meditation.
Jim is also the father of seven children, two of whom have worked full time in the auction business with him and all of whom have helped in the auction business at some point. Jim's daughter, Martha Boyle, who like her father and great-grandfather is an an alumnus of Notre Dame University, joined the firm in 1994, and has worked side-by-side with her dad towards the continued development and expansion of McGuire Auction's business in the ensuing years.
Jim is also grandfather to 17 grandchildren and great -grandpa to his soon- to- be two great- grandchildren. Often times these grandchildren too have helped him load furniture, run boxes, work a ring, or run sheets and his energy and work ethic have provided a strong example for them.
Jim, 82, is still active in the business. Though family members knew about his Hall of Fame selection, the announcement came as a complete surprise to the veteran auctioneer. At the banquet preceding the announcement, the conversation at the McGuire table turned to a general discussion of the Hall of Fame Award, and Jim's granddaughter Katie said, "Wouldn't it be something if you got the award, Grandpa?"
Jim replied that there was no way he would get the award, and then started listing all the reasons he wouldn't - such as the fact that he didn't "wear a big belt buckle", didn't even wear his hat much anymore, and "they'll give it someone that's half my age."
Jim's daughter Molly said at that point it was all she and her husband Mark could do to keep from laughing or spilling the beans about Jim's selection.
No one slipped up, though, and so it was that when Jim's name was announced, he was genuinely surprised. Well, maybe right at that moment. The presentation was done in a "This Is Your Life" - style, and when the voiceover introduction (which was written by Molly) mentioned that the honoree earned a degree in chemistry from Notre Dame, Jim thought that he just might be the guy to whom they were referring.
And they couldn't have made a better choice.