Our Agents

Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc., is an auction marketing firm specializing in real estate and other significant assets. The GTA team has a diverse background capable of serving clients' needs with education, experience and service.

Jack Granger, CAI,

Direct: 205-936-5288
Jack F. Granger, president, brings to his role a background of sales, business, communications, public relations, real estate and auction marketing. Jack has his CAI designation from the Auction Marketing Institute. The CAI designation is awarded to those individuals who qualify as professionals within the auction industry. AMI is the national organization for professional auctioneers located in Overland park, Kansas. Jack is a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).
Bill Thagard, CAI,

Vice President
Direct: 205-410-6751
Bill has a background in the military, conventional real estate brokerage, appraising, auction marketing and construction. This knowledge is instrumental in achieving successful results for his clients. Bill has his CAI designation from the Auction Marketing Institute. The CAI designation is awarded to those individuals who qualify as professionals within the auction industry. AMI is the national organization for professional auctioneers located in Overland park, Kansas. Bill is a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).
Kay Thagard
Marketing Director
Direct: 205-913-0151
Since 1987, Kay Granger Thagard, Marketing Director, has managed the creative tailor-made marketing efforts for the firm's clients.
Candace Rayfield

Broker Associate / Auction Manager
Direct: 205-266-6944
Candace Rayfield has joined Granger Thagard & Associates, Inc. as a Sales Associate/Auction Apprentice. Candace began her real estate career with RealtySouth in Birmingham and was Associate Broker for Coastal Properties in Orange Beach, AL. She was the top listing and sales producer consistently for over two years. She has worked in Sales and Marketing for over 15 years and served as Vice President of Marketing for two different companies. Candace utilizesĀ all of her creative and professional talents to create a unique partnership for Granger Thagard & Associates that will be beneficial to all of her clients as well as rewarding and profitable.
Kenny Hartley
AA# 3036

Marketing Coordinator
Direct: 205-585-0847
After graduation from The University of Alabama Kenny began his career as a CPA with the accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst, now known as Ernst & Young. He worked for St. Vincent's Hospital and their parent company, Ascension, for many years in the Finance and Information Technology areas. Kenny has long been familiar with the work of Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. in the Birmingham area. Having a lifelong interest in real estate, Kenny is able to combine his strong business experience with the desire to maximize the returns of the clients of Granger, Thagard.
Luke Williamson

Agent/Auctioneer Apprentice
Direct: 205-639-6471
Luke worked in the audio/visual industry with Holt A/V for thirty years before joining GTA full time. Luke has been a licensed auctioneer for three years. Luke has assisted and contributed to Granger Thagard's Charity Auction division for many years. Luke received his real estate license in 2009.
Bill Crow

Agent / Auctioneer Apprentice
Direct: 205-902-9144
After graduation from The University of Alabama Bill began his career in the transportation industry with Roadway Express in Atlanta. Upon returning to Birmingham in 1986 he purchased Shaw Warehouse Company. After selling Shaw, Bill came to work for Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. in March of 2013. He brings with him years of sales and marketing knowledge along with the ability to work closely with his clients in the Real Estate industry.
Terry Thrash

Agent / Auctioneer Apprentice
Office: 205-326-0833
Terry Thrash joined Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. as a Sales Associate/Auction Apprentice. Originally from Sylacauga Terry attended both Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Terry brings years of sales experience from the flooring business as well as knowledge of real estate as an investor and property manager for the past 17 years. After using Granger, Thagard & Associates to auction a few of his investments in farmland, residential, and commercial property in the Birmingham area, Terry was so pleased with the auction process and the results that he chose to pursue a career as a real estate professional and auctioneer apprentice.
Yvonne Pope
Director Non-Profit Charities
Direct: 205-936-1403
Yvonne Pope, Director of Non-Profit Events, has a diverse background which uniquely qualifies her to assist in planning your events for exponential success. Yvonne was a founding member of ROAR - The Southeast Cancer Foundation (SCF) and served as its Executive Director for five years. While director, she was instrumental in raising over $1,000,000 and created the first ROAR Endowed Chair. Yvonne has extensive experience in fundraising events from planning to execution! In addition to fundraisers, Yvonne was a court reporterĀ for over 30 years.
Roess Collier
Auction Sales
Direct: 334-799-2058
Roess Collier is a native of Jackson, MS. In 1973 Roess and his family moved to Montgomery, along with their business interests. Roess graduated from Lyman Ward Military Academy and Auburn University. Roess owned and operated many different businesses in Alabama, from contracting probation services for the City of Montgomery, to the manufacturing of concrete pavers which emulate ancient travertine marble. Following the death of his mother in 2006, he became the executor for her estate for the next 10 years. Executor of the estate entailed running many different businesses and partnerships. Another part of this job was to maintain and sell the different types of property in the estate. After ten years of limited success in liquidating the real estate holdings, Roess met with Granger Thagard Auctioneers. They auctioned off half of the estate properties with great success. It went so well, Roess decided to change careers and work for Granger Thagard & Associates. Two years after the first Collier family auction, they decided to sell the remainder of the family property, using Granger Thagard for both auctions!
Tony Thagard
Marketing & Design
Office: 205-326-0833
Tony is a graduate of Auburn University and has been involved in marketing, web design and brochure design for Granger Thagard since 1998. Tony obtained his real estate license in 1996 and auctioneer license in 1994.
All GTA auction marketing associates are either real estate brokers, real estate salespersons, auctioneers or auctioneer apprentices. Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. has a network of real estate brokers and auctioneer professionals, across the nation, who can be called upon for a specific "experience curve" for each special client's situation.

Granger and Thagard began their professional career with antique auctions, farm auctions and business liquidations. Marketing varied real estate properties and other significant personal property assets in the Southeast has been their focus since the mid 1990's.

GTA has sold millions of dollars worth of real estate and significant personal property assets. They have become immensely familiar with necessary steps of auction marketing to satisfy their clients. They realize the importance of quality marketing and take pride in their attention to detail. Their willingness to go the extra mile insures a successful auction.