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June 18, 2013

Tallahassee, Florida – After 40 years, Bob Carnes, President and CEO of United Building Products, Inc. announced his retirement. Bob Carnes, former FSU Football Player, and Tallahassee philanthropist closed United Building Products on North Monroe Street. Although the building supply market has been down in recent years, affecting sales and accounts receivable, Carnes maintains that his retirement is by choice. “I want to spend more time with my family,” said Carnes, “we aren’t getting any younger.” Not having a successor to continue operating United Building Products, Inc., Carnes did what many business owners do at retirement, he simply closed the doors. The timeline for closing shortened when Carnes received news of a serious illness in his family.


Having been in its current location, 3510 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303, for the past 24 years, United Building Products has served the needs of Building Contractors throughout the region, offering appliances, gas logs, fireplaces, windows, doors, and building materials. “If your house was built in Tallahassee in the last 35 years and came with a fireplace, it is likely that the fireplace came from United Building Products.”, said Carnes.


Carnes has served on the Board of Trustees for Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation, and on the Board of Directors for: the Seminole Boosters, the Florida State Varsity Club, the Florida Home Builders Association, and the Tallahassee Builders Association. In 2006 the Tallahassee Builders Association inducted Carnes into their Hall of Fame. Carnes has also served on the General Electric Builder Distributor Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board for Farmers and Merchants Bank.


Carnes has contracted the services of Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC, a business liquidation specialist firm to Auction the remaining inventory, fixtures and equipment on June 29th, 30th, and July 1st, 2013. “This will be a huge sale for Tallahassee,” said Joseph Kikta founder of Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC. The auction is scheduled to be a 3 day event at the United Building Products Showroom and Warehouse on North Monroe Street, with 2 auctioneers working in different areas of the building during the first 2 days, and 1 auctioneer on the 3rd day. “Running 2 Auction Rings at the same time is the only way we can get through the nearly 2,500 lots in this auction in 3 days.”, said Jeffrey Butirro, Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC Auctioneer and Coordinating Manager for the United Building Products Auction. In addition to the Auction being open to live bidding from both the public and members the building profession, the Auction will be open for real-time bidding online on the Proxibid platform. There will be a 10% on-site, and a 15% online Buyer’s Premium charged on the high bid for each lot sold at the auction.


About United Building Products, INC

United Building Products, Inc., formerly Big Bend Energy Savings Service, Inc. (name changed in 1992) operated the largest builder distributor showroom featuring Appliances, Fireplaces, Entry Doors and Windows in the Tallahassee, Florida Area.

3510 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303


About Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC

Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC FL AB3058, was founded by Auctioneer Joseph F. Kikta, GPPA, CES, and member of the board of directors for the Florida Auctioneers Association (FL AU4236). Headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC has an international clientele, and networks with other firms to handle any size project in any area. Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC is focused on bringing together the best talent from the Auction and Liquidation field, Retail, Financial Services, and Business Management. Aaron Joseph & Company, LLC is committed to the Tallahassee Community, and its associates regularly contribute their time and talents to local events and charities.

200 John Knox Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303



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