Mt. Pleasant, MI. – Clare, Michigan, auctioneer Scott Sykora, who is in his 42nd year as a professional auctioneer with Sykora Auction Service, received the highest honor bestowed to the professional auctioneer. Sykora was inducted into the Michigan Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. He is the 44th auctioneer inducted into the Michigan Auctioneers Hall of Fame since its inception in 1951.
“Scott Sykora’s life has been intricately woven into the fabric of the auction industry. He is the torchbearer of a family tradition that spans generations. He has preserved and elevated the art of auctioneering,” said Executive Director and fellow Hall of Famer Tricia Wiltjer.
The story of Sykora Auction Service begins in 1948 when Jim Sykora, also a treasured member of the Hall of Fame, founded this institution. His son, Scott Sykora inherited a business and a rich legacy steeped in the tradition of excellence. Growing up within the family business, Scott learned the business from a young age, starting with the jewelry wagons and picking up bids. After graduating high school in 1981, he formalized his skills at Reppert’s Auction School.
In 1995, Scott married Julie, who became an integral part of the business, working alongside him in both the field and the office. Their union also marked the start of a family, a facet of life that Scott values deeply. As a father to three children, Ryan, Jayda, and Macy, and a cherished grandfather to four granddaughters, Scott proudly embraces the title of a family man.
In the journey of Sykora Auction Service, Scott Sykora’s commitment to excellence and the business’s success became evident when he brought John McConnell on board as an exceptional partner in 1996. Together, they formed a dynamic duo, steering the company towards new heights of success and setting the standard of professionalism within the auction industry.
What makes the Sykora legacy even more remarkable is the involvement of the next generation. The involvement of his daughters, Jayda and Macy, in the family business adds a unique and heartwarming dimension to the Sykora legacy, emphasizing the importance of familial bonds in the success of the company.