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Snyder appoints members to Board of Auctioneers

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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Timothy Narhi of Byron and Nathan Tagg of Hastings, and the reappointment of Lee Smittendorf of Fulton to the Michigan Board of Auctioneers. 

The nine-member board regulates the practice and licensing of auctioneers in Michigan.

“These appointees will provide tremendous skill and talents from their respective fields and I look forward to their contributions to the board,” Snyder said.

Narhi is the president of Tim Narhi Auctioneer & Associates, LLC and has been self-employed in the auction industry for 28 years. He was inducted into the Michigan State Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Narhi is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and is licensed as a real estate broker, real estate associate broker and auctioneer. He will represent auctioneers and replaces Deatra Lechtanski.

Tagg is a partner at Tripp and Tagg, Attorneys at Law. He previously practiced with McPhillips and McDowell, PLC. Tagg is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hastings, vice president of Green Gables Haven Community Shelter and treasurer of the Barry County Bar Association. He was awarded the J. Edward Lumbard Fellow with the U.S. Attorney-Southern District of New York and the Earl H. David Anthony Advocacy Award. Tagg earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Olivet College and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. He will represent the general public and replaces Kristin Simmons.

Smittendorf is an auctioneer with Glassman-Smittendorf Auctioneers. He conducted his first auction at the age of 16 and was inducted into the Michigan State Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in 2006. Smittendorf is accredited in auctioneer’s real estate, holds a real estate sales license and is certified by the Auctioneers Institute. He will represent auctioneers.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Oct. 1, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.