Lucy Nord - Owner
Martin Auction is a family business and Lucy represents the third generation owner and operator. Warren Martin, her grandfather is an elected member of the Illinois State Auctioneer Association Hall of Fame, founder of Martin Auction in 1947. Lucy has grown up in the auction business and in 2007 organized Martin Auction Services LLC, upon her father, Larry Martin's retirement. In 2011, Lucy attended Missouri Auction School and became a licensed auctioneer. Lucy's role at Martin Auction includes office management, bookeeeping including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and customer service. Lucy is a member of the Illinois State Auctioneers Association & National Auctioneers Association. License no. 411.001845
Rob Nord, C.A.G.A-Auctioneer/ Appraiser/Sales Contact
Robert T. Nord has been an auctioneer and appraiser since 1990 and has worked with Martin Auction since 1988. Rob graduated from Lincoln College with an Associate in Arts degree in 1989, and attended Illinois State University of Agriculture until 1991. Graduate of Missouri Auction School in June of 1990. Rob is currently an instructor for the Certified Appraisers Guild; this organization is involved with the certification of appraisers dealing exclusively with personal property. Rob is and has been the Farm Machinery and Heavy Equipment instructor since 1995.
Rob is also a current instructor for Missouri Auction School, the nations leading school for Auctioneers. This is the largest and oldest trainer of auctioneers in the world with graduates from every state of the USA and every continent of the world. It has been recognized world wide for its quality training programs by such organizations as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, the Times of London, England and ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC news. Robs ties with the organization offers access to a network of professional auctioneers and auction staff located in all sections of the United States.
State Certified General Real Estate Appriaser. #153.0001076
Federally Certified Personal Property Appraiser.
State Licensed Auctioneer in Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.
Echo Nord - Wirz
Echo is joining Martin Auction as a fourth generation in the auction industry. She grew up helping Rob and Lucy at auctions here in Clinton, IL. Echo graduated University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign in 2015. In 2016 she started working in a sales support role as well as technical support including: website management, advertising, drone videography and is our online buyer specialist. She assists with customer service, office support, lot placement/removal and clerking auction day.
Stan was born and raised in Maroa, IL just a few minutes from Martin Auction and graduated Souther Illinois University Carbondale. Stan has been with Martin Auction for 43 years and has worked alongside the company through all of its changes. He worked with Warren Martin the founder and his son Larry and now Lucy. He handles lot management before and after auctions as well as office policies and advertising. In addition, he is our in-house real estate agent.
Elly Lobano, Office Clerk
Elly was born here in Clinton, IL and began her career in customer service after graduating Clinton High School. She then sold insurance bilingually (Hablamos Espanol) for 15 years. Then in 2014 Elly joined Martin Auction as an administrative assistant for Martin Auction and handles title work, auction check-ins & assists in customer service. Elly has also been great in helping Martin Auctions bilingual customers.
Larry was born and raised in Clinton Illinois and grew up in the auction business; though his first career was actually in education as an ag teacher and FFA advisor at Hopedale High School. Larry somewhat hesitantly joined his father at Martin Auction in 1966 as an employee but eventually partnered with Warren to create Martin Auction Co Inc. Even as a young boy in 4-H, Larry had a passion for raising cattle and thus formed Larry Martin Cattle Sales combining his love for cattle and his lifetime experience as an auctioneer. While Larry has retired from the day to day operations at Martin Auction, he continues to attend our auctions and manage Larry Martin Cattle Sales.
You can find an article on Larry Martin
Warren Martin. Auctioneer.
Founder of Martin Auction.
Illinois State Auctioneer Hall of Fame.
Warren was an aspiring auctioneer who settled in central Illinois after hitchhiking north from Sesser and running out of money when he hit Decatur. He put down roots when he married Mary Dial of Clinton and started a family. He began pursuing his dream when he attended Reppert School of Auctioneering in 1947. His first salebarn was the East Main Salebarn in Clinton. He then began selling purebred hogs across the country and later selling purebred angus cattle. Warren progressed from selling pies as a boy to becoming a highly sought after auctioneer of livestock and farm equipment. He was the first to build an auction truck and cashier trailer but refused to patent it as his only interest was to improve not only his own business but the auction industry as a whole. Warren was enthusiastic and innovative in the auction profession and became a highly regarded auctioneer earning a place in the Illinois State Auctioneer Hall of Fame. After retiring from the day to day operations at Martin Auction he and his wife, Phylis, bought and rebuilt the Arthur Salebarn and Warren continued his work in the auction industry another decade before he truly retired. Warren Martin passed away in 2003 but his legacy lives on at Martin Auction Services, LLC.