Our Team

Our Team

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Kyle Swicegood, CCIM, CAI, GPPA

T. Kyle Swicegood is the Founder & CEO of the Swicegood Group, Inc. He has continued to increase his knowledge in real estate through postgraduate studies at the Commercial Real Estate Institute located in Chicago, IL, receiving the designation Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) in June of 2000.

In 2013, Swicegood received the prestigious designation of Certified Auctioneer Institute, (CAI) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. CAI designees pride themselves on being a part of an extraordinary network of professional Auctioneers who possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide their clients with outstanding services. The CAI designation communicates to attorneys, trust officers, government officials, accountants and others affiliated with the auction industry that the CAI Auctioneer is committed to continue education and is dedicated to professionalism and excellence in the auction profession.

Swicegood is also a Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA), as designated by the National Auctioneers Association. The National Auctioneers Association created the Graduate Personal Property Appraiser (GPPA) professional designation to provide Auctioneers with custom education that enhances their appraisal skills and knowledge. The GPPA program teaches students the responsibilities of being an appraiser and provides them advanced training in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) guidelines.

In 2022, Kyle accepted the position with the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) as Chairman of the Certified Auctioneer Institute (CAI), held on the Campus of Indiana University, and he also serves as the NAA Education Institute Trustee.   Kyle is well-versed in commercial, residential, and land brokerage real estate. His closing resume boast assets like office buildings in Raleigh, NC, beachfront properties, Civil War battlefields, to the classic American Farm.

In August of 2021, Kyle was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the North Carolina Auctioneer Licensing Board where he will serve a three-year term.

When Kyle’s not working hard in the real estate & auction business, you’ll find him with his most important asset… his family. His wife Elizabeth has been beside him since he was 17 years old. He has two children, Ashton and Lewis. He is the proud Grandfather of Braxton Burton who entered his world on December 31, 2021, and life has completely changed with his entry into the world.  

While he works exceedingly hard for his clients, his playtime is equally exciting. You’ll find Kyle on the Missouri River north of Helena, Montana in the spring during the season’s first hatch, or traveling to other exotic places with his wife, Elizabeth. 

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Elizabeth Swicegood, CAI

Elizabeth Swicegood is a native to Denton County, Texas. After moving to North Carolina as a teenager, she graduated from Davie High School in 1986. She later graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and a Minor in Spanish. She later attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her post graduate studies. In 1999 she graduated from the Dan Mohr School of Real Estate. Elizabeth has continued to increase her skill sets by becoming an auctioneer, graduating from the Nashville Auction School in 2015. She graduated from the Certified Auctioneers Institute, offered by the National Auctioneers Association in 2021. This is a post graduate program offered at Indiana University for licensed auctioneers. 

Elizabeth is fiercely dedicated to the highest level of professionalism, placing her clients needs at the pinnacle of all she does. The auction method has given her another outlet to serve in the field of real estate and beyond to include sales of personal property of all kinds. Using her skills in marketing and technology, Elizabeth is able to generate top results which far exceed her clients’ expectations; making The Swicegood Group a powerful force in the field of auctioneering.

Elizabeth has two grown children and a son in law. She married her high school sweetheart, Kyle in 1989. Both Elizabeth and Kyle are active supporters of many local charities such as Salem Pregnancy Care Center in Winston-Salem. Over the years they have traveled to foreign countries, volunteering with Operation Smile.

When Elizabeth’s not working hard in the real estate business, you’ll find her enjoying family activities like horseback riding, cycling or skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Ashton Burton, CAI

Ashton Burton is a native to Davie County, North Carolina. After graduating from Davie High School in 2011, she attended Appalachian State University where she earned a bachelor degree in Public Relations. Since graduating from Appalachian, Ashton has acquired her Real Estate License as well as her Auctioneer License. She graduated from the Certified Auctioneers Institute, offered by the National Auctioneers Association in 2021. This is a post graduate program offered at Indiana University for licensed auctioneers. 

As a Millennial, Ashton brings a fresh awareness of current trends regarding up and coming home buyers. Her advanced approach to technology and how it interfaces with buyers and sellers gives her a sharp advantage.

Ashton is married to her high school sweetheart, Ben Burton. Ashton and Ben recently welcomed their first child, Braxton in December of 2021. She is dedicated to her church and other philanthropies.

For fun, you’ll find Ashton relaxing with Ben, Brax and their dog, Rose, snowboarding the slopes of the Colorado Rockies or playing golf with her husband.

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Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson is a native to Rice Lake, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, he moved to North Carolina to pursue his passion of racing by becoming a NASCAR crew member. He spent 14 years chasing his racing dream working with NASCAR superstars such as Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Robby Gordon, Scott Riggs and Johnny Sauter to name a few. While racing, Zach also earned his degree in Criminal Justice. In 2011, he left the racing industry and became a sworn Law Enforcement Officer in the state of North Carolina. Although still currently certified as a Law Enforcement Officer, Zach acquired his Real Estate License and joined The Swicegood Group in a full-time capacity in 2017.

The Swicegood group benefits from Zach’s attention to detail and his competitive nature, both skills that were honed in his racing background. These skills are an asset to clients, as Zach always strives for perfection and always competes on behalf of his client for the client’s best interest. With Zach’s Law Enforcement background, he holds himself and his actions to a high standard of professionalism, integrity and fairness.

Zach and his wife, Casey, live in Hiddenite, NC. Their three children are their pride and joy. You will likely find the entire family enjoying each other’s company and working together around their small farm. Zach is also a NFL team owner. Well actually he owns a small share of stock in the Green Bay Packers organization, as the Packers are the only publicly owned NFL franchise.

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Becky Atkins Tarlton

Becky Tarlton is a native to Rowan County, North Carolina. She has been a full-time auctioneer for 35 years since February 1987 and licensed in NC, SC, and VA. She is an instructor for the Carolina Auction Academy. Becky was the 2003 Bid Calling Champion for the Auctioneer Association of North Carolina, and was also inducted into the Auctioneers Association of North Carolina Hall of Fame in June 2021. Following in her father’s footsteps, Becky has broken barriers in the auction field and made history as the first female auto auctioneer in North Carolina. While her bid chant is powerful, Becky also brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to the overall field of auctioneering. She provides excellent organizational skills to our personal property auctions by creating detailed catalogs with attention to best practices in the auction industry. Becky is second to none in her field. Well versed in the latest technology she can capture the highest and best values for the assets she is selling regardless of the category in which they may belong. Over her tenure as a professional auctioneer, Becky has literally sold it all at some point.

Becky enjoys time with her family. She is active in her community and home church of Salisbury. One of her favorite past times is raising horses and miniature Australian shepherds. To know Becky is to have an instant friend. She is hard working and dedicated to a job well done for the clients and customers she has the pleasure to serve.

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Ron Helderman

Ron Helderman is a native of South Carolina.The son of a pastor, Ron lived in Columbia, Camden, Hampton and Charlestown before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina as a teenager. He graduated from Sanderson High school and then earned a marketing degree with a minor in religion from North Carolina State. 

After college, Ron worked in the technology industry and then in the insurance industry for ten years. Ron has most recently been a stay at home father to his three children, and has been married for twenty two years to Dr. Jennifer Helderman who is a physician at both Baptist and Forsyth hospitals.  

Ron’s primary role focuses on residential property as well as corporate liquidations. 

Ron has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he has sung and acted for the last eighteen years. In his spare time, you will find Ron cheering for the Wolfpack and coaching the Calvary Day School middle school soccer team where his children attend. 

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Lewis F. Swicegood

Lewis Swicegood is a native to Davie County, North Carolina. After graduating from Davie High School in 2013, he attended Marion Military Institute and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a bachelor degree in History.  He is a graduate of Nashville School of Auctioneering. Since graduating in December of 2018 Lewis has acquired his North Carolina Auction License. He is a graduate of Superior School of Real Estate and holds a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers License.

Lewis is a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He has a keen interest in biblical studies and has visited the holy lands. Well versed in American History, Lewis enjoys World War II history and has spent time touring the Normandy coast in France. He is known for his love of hunting and fishing. In his spare time you will find Lewis at a Carolina Panthers game, working out, duck hunting or fly fishing on the Missouri River in Montana.

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Justin Latham

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Justin, born and raised in the William R. Davie area later migrated to the small community of Fork, Davie County. After graduating from Davie High School in 2002, Justin earned his Paramedic Licensure from Rowan College.  Justin served as a Paramedic for 12 years in Yadkin County.  He is now the CEO and president and founder of a multiregional fencing company.  He has earned both state and local government contracts that require attention to detail, great communication, and punctuality.   

Since childhood, Justin has had a keen interest in farming, sawmilling, and a variety of equipment operations.  He is knowledgeable and proficient in identifying and evaluating many types of farm, construction, and industrial equipment. 

The auction and fence business are where you will find Justin most every day, but his greatest passions are his wife, Amelia, and their two children Reagan and Case.  You will also find Justin at home on his farm where he manages cattle and other livestock.  Justin is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys turkey, duck, dove hunting, coastal fishing and teaching his children about the outdoors.  Justin holds an FFL License which has the ability to market, appraise, and sell firearms.

If you are looking to sell Equipment, Firearms, or personal property Justin will be second to no one.   With Justin’s experience, and his willingness to give one hundred percent of his attention to the details, your selling experience with him will be easily comfortable, and fun.