Board Members

  William B. Lilly, Jr.

Mr. Lilly is a third generation auctioneer who has been actively involved in the family business since the mid 1990s. As a seasoned professional within the auction industry, he has been instrumental in establishing Iron Horse Auction Companys online presence and internet auction capability in offering small and large assets to an internationally diverse bidder pool. He has been called upon to perform asset verification, recovery, valuations and liquidations on numerous occasions by the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court in multiple districts, and has also been retained by many of the national, regional and local financial institutions for his valuation and liquidation experience. Lilly holds Auctioneer licenses in NC, SC, VA, and AL, as well as Real Estate Licenses in NC and SC. He and his family reside in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Lilly was appointed to the Board August 9, 2016 by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a three year term ending June 30, 2019.


  Gary Boyd
Vice Chairman

Mr. Boyd currently owns Gary Boyd Auction and Real Estate Company in Albemarle, NC. He is an Auctioneer, Personal Property Appraiser, and RE Broker. Mr. Boyd earned a degree in Police Science in 1971 and obtained his auctioneer license in 1982 in addition to several other certifications over the years. Mr. Boyd is active in his community and has served on many Civic Organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in the auctioning profession. He successfully conducts a wide range of auctions, both on-site and on-line, including bankruptcy liquidations, antiques, fine furniture, complete estates, large equipment, vehicles, business liquidations, and successful real estate auctions, both residential and commercial. Mr. Boyd is currently a member of several Professional Associations, including the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina, National Auctioneer's Association, Certified Appraisers Guild of America, Certified Auctioneer's Institute, American Society of Agricultural Appraisers, National Cattleman's Beef Association, and Stanly County Cattlemen's Beef Association. Mr. Boyd was appointed to the Board July 1, 2014 by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a three year term ending on June 30, 2017, and was re-appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve a three year term ending on June 30, 2020. He served as NCALB Chairman 2016-2018.


  Willie A. Johnson

Mr. Johnson attended North Carolina A & T State University and Guilford Technical Community College where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He became a licensed auctioneer in 1989 and a licensed real estate broker in 1993. Mr. Johnson earned the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation at Indiana University. Willie Johnson Auctioneer & Associates auction firm was established in 1992 and Willie Johnson Realty firm in 1998. During the years he has conducted marketing as a broker and auctioneer in residential and commercial properties at Century 21 and Keller Williams Realties. In 2005, he served as president of the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina (AANC), and served as AANC convention chairman in 2000 and 2004. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Greensboro Regional REALTORS Association, North Carolina REALTORS Association, National REALTORS Association and National Auctioneers Association. In 2005 NC Governor Michael Easley appointed Mr. Johnson to the NC Auctioneer Licensing Board, where he served as Chairman 2007-2008. Mr. Johnson was again appointed to the Board on July 20, 2018 by the Governor Roy Cooper to serve a three year term ending on June 30, 2021.


  Lisa York

Ms. York is a REALTORĀ® & first generation auctioneer. She holds the CAI and AMM designations and is a National Auctioneer Association CAI Class Advisor. Ms. York is the 2017 North Carolina Grand Champion Auctioneer, and was the 2010 Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year and the 2015 President of the Sanford Area Association of REALTORS,. She has served each of these organizations in various roles, and she currently serves as the NC REALTORS Region 3 Vice President. Ms. York was awarded the 2009 Rising Star Award for the Sanford Area Association of REALTORS and has won the NC REALTORS Past Presidents Scholarship Award. She is a 2015 NC REALTORS Leadership Academy Graduate. Ms. York was appointed to the Board July 24, 2018 by Governor Roy Cooper to serve a three year term ending on June 30, 2021.


  Allison H. Pant
Public Member

Ms. Pant is a licensed attorney who works as a REALTORĀ®/Broker with Keller Williams Preferred Realty in Raleigh, NC. She grew up in Creswell, NC in Washington County, where she spent summers and free time working on her father's farm. Ms. Pant is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Georgetown University (Business Administration), and the University of North Carolina School of Law (with honors). Prior to her current position with Keller Williams Preferred Realty, she worked as Senior Contracts Specialist with Red Hat, Inc., where Ms. Pant was responsible for negotiating and managing real estate brokerage, construction, project management, software, and vendor contracts for Global Workplace Solutions group. Previously, she had been an Associate in the Vandeventer Black, LLP law firm, engaged in litigation, client counseling, data and damages analysis, and legal research and publication. Ms. Pant was appointed to the Board on October 15, 2018 by Governor Roy Cooper to serve a three year term, ending on June 30, 2021.