LeTip of St. Charles, IL
PERSONAL LIFE / MY INSPIRATION
I have always been close to auctions as a second generation auctioneer, I guess you could say it is “in my blood”. For over 30 years, starting in 1985, I have devoted my time and effort in this area to social causes, charities, schools, not-for-profits. I enjoy doing charity and benefit events immensely, and it shows in my performance on stage and in the results I deliver.
But through life, I have especially been connected to certain charities and causes through my own experiences.
FIRST, my wife and I are proud parents of a special needs child, who was born premature at 24 weeks gestation. From the first two years spent in intensive care to today, he continues to be an inspiration to our family as we grow through him, with him through all of his challenges.
SECOND, we lost our 19 year old daughter who struggled with depression and anxiety. It goes without saying that this event has changed forever my perspective of all those who have lost loved ones before me.
LASTLY, I am a cancer survivor, having dealt specifically with prostate cancer….caught early and now cancer free, but the stress and unknown of this trial brought a greater appreciation to the life we cherish, and the purpose we serve.
I have found a special bond with those who have dealt with similar situations in their lives, and we speak the same language. That is why I focus my time and talents as an auctioneer to serve charities and benefits to help them drive their passion and reach their goals.
It is because of these events in our lives that I try to hold myself to a higher standard – one that only those who have “been there” can truly understand. I cherish the opportunities to make a difference and to advocate for those who are in need, and those who are suffering.
QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE
Over the past 30 years, I have served as auctioneer at over 300 charity events, helping raise millions of dollars for various charities and benefits. Having served at events ranging from 50 to 1000+ attendees, I have the experience and expertise that helps connect your audience to your cause and that brings tremendous value to your event.
Missouri Auction School
I became a certified auctioneer in 1981 after attending the Missouri Auction School, which is considered the ‘Harvard’ of auction schools.
Working with my father, as well as several other nationally recognized auctioneers, allowed me to learn the importance of working hard for your client. Learning from the best, I have enjoyed this profession for over 30 years.
National Auctioneers Association (NAA)
As a member of the National Auctioneers Association, I gain access to a variety of education platforms that enhance my knowledge and skill set for my clients. I also gain tremendous value in peer mentorship opportunities, as well as logistical support for events I am involved with.
In other words, if I don’t have the answer, I can find it quickly through my network of peers. It is important to note less than half of all auctioneers participate in a national or state organization like this.
Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS)
In addition to being an auctioneer, those with a BAS designation are fundraising specialists. Less than 1% of all auctioneers have this designation. In fact, there are less than 250 auctioneers in the world with this designation!! Most charities will hire an auctioneer for their stage presence, but what they come to find out is that the real value lies within the consulting before the event. Auction committees can get together and discuss a topic for an hour and not come to a resolution. If shared with me, I can typically resolve the issue in a few minutes and show the benefits and risks of implementing the idea that they are considering.