Mick represents the Third Generation in the Auction business. He was introduced to the Auction Profession at a very early age. Mick recalls how an unfortunate accident changed his life forever. Summers as a young boy were spent on vacation with his family in Michigan. One summer when he was about 7 or 8 years old, he fell and cut his knee. With it all bandaged up he was not able to go swimming with the other children. Instead he went to the auction with his Dad and Granddad. They sat him atop an old refrigerator that proved a great vantage point to observe the goings on. He was soon in awe watching them work the crowd. He knew right then and there that’s what he really wanted to do.
Mick has been a Licensed Auctioneer since 1974. He has also been an Appraiser since 1982. Having grown up in the auction business he worked right alongside his dad and granddad. He sold antiques, fine furniture, and entire estates, all the while learning the business and honing his skills. Being the son of Jim Lile and the grandson of Frank V. Lile it did not take long for him to develop a great auction chant. At the annual Ohio State Fair Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest, Mick placed in the top three two years running in 1985 and 1986. He has conducted thousands of auctions and made a reputation with his high energy auctioning style. He has sold virtually everything imaginable in his career. For the past 30 plus years Mick has conducted almost every sale for the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to being an auctioneer he is active in the community. He owns and operates Mick’s Used Furniture in Bellefontaine. Mick is a 32° Degree Freemason and a Shriner. He is the current Director of The Antioch Shrine Clown Unit which is affiliated with Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati and Lexington.
Jim represented the second generation in this family of auctioneers. Following in the footsteps of his father, Jim built a reputation as one of the most respected auctioneers around. He became a licensed Auctioneer in the 1950’s. Jim has conducted thousands of auctions. He started by auctioning cattle and later on specialized in Estate Sales. In addition to the auction business he started The Lile School of Dance with his sister Phyllis. Jim had 2 sons who became auctioneers, Mick who operates Logan Auction in Bellefontaine, Ohio and Tim who operates in Centerville, Ohio. Jim was a driving force and inspiration to both of his sons, and continued to support the Lile family of auctioneers up to the time of his passing in January 2014.
Frank represented the first generation in the Auction business. In the 1940's, he was one of the most prominent auctioneers of cattle in the United States. He specialized in Scottish bred Ayrshires. In April 1948 he set a new sales record for the breed in the United States. He auctioned off 23 Ayrshires, with the average price of $2,267.39 per head being paid for his imported cattle. Frank had 2 sons, Jim and Joe who became auctioneers and continued the tradition of selling cattle throughout the United States. He remained active in the auction and furniture businesses until his death in 1981