North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed self-storage owner Melinda Quick Porter to serve on the North Carolina Auctioneers Commission, also known as the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board (NCALB). Porter is co-owner of Porter Properties & Mini Storage in Plymouth, North Carolina. She’ll serve a three-year term, which is set to end on June 30, 2024.
The NCAC is comprised of five members, all appointed by the governor. The commission is designed to “protect the public from incompetent or unqualified persons engaging in auctioneering activities” including “preventing deceitful practices, willful misrepresentation and dishonest dealings by auctioneers in the state,” according to the governor’s office website. All members serve three years and have a limit of serving two consecutive terms.
By law, three members must come from nominations submitted by the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina, and at least three must be licensed auctioneers. One member is appointed to represent the public at large and can’t be licensed. Porter will serve in that role. Other commissioners are Daniel H. DeVane, Willie Arthur Johnson, Buck Lattimore and Tracy Kyle Swicegood. Lattimore is vice chairman.
Porter grew up in Raeford, North Carolina, before moving to Plymouth in 1986. After working as an insurance agent, she joined the family business full time in 1994. Porter Mini Storage at 718 Washington St. comprises 311 units and has been a U-Haul dealer since 1999. Porter Properties offers commercial and residential rentals. Porter is also a broker with United Country Forbes Realty and Auctions. She received her real estate license in 2017, according to her bio on the NCALB website.
The auctioneer board isn’t her only community involvement. She’s serving her third term on the Washington County Board of Elections and is music director for First Christian Church in Plymouth, according to her bio.
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