I started in the auction industry more than 20 years ago with Matt Hurley and Hurley Auctions in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Matt always urged me to attend NAA conferences and educational seminars to learn more about the business and to always be on the cutting edge of new technology.
I never knew then how much this industry and the people in it would affect me—not only in business, but in the way I live my life. I strive to always do the right thing and to help as many people as I can.
I just recently graduated CAI 2022—a feat I had my doubts of completing. The camaraderie, encouragement, and support I’ve received from fellow NAA members over the years have been incredible. Now with my recent blindness and visual handicap, this has shown me that I can accomplish anything and so much more with them alongside me.
For all these reasons, I’ve supported the National Auctioneers Foundation and will continue to do so in the hopes that even one person finds the success and fulfillment this industry has brought me. Anytime I struggled or doubted myself, my dad would always say, “Carpe diem Marge”—seize the day!
I have been in the auction business for several decades, focused primarily in estates. As a past president of the Florida Auctioneers Association and NAA member since the beginning, I have tried to participate in so many of the education opportunities.
I love the business, so when life transitions hit and I needed to redirect my career, it was the generosity of the National Auctioneers Foundation that helped. Having the support of the Foundation, both financially and professionally, prompted me to move forward with my CAI adventure. I am so thankful to have graduated from CAI in Indianapolis this year.
My one piece of advice is do not wait to attend NAA education events or to apply for scholarships. I wish I had done this at the beginning of my career. I encourage those wanting to take the next step to jump in with both feet. It will give you experience, knowledge and relationships that will move you into the next level. Personally, I look forward to paying it forward with the Foundation. Thank you.
Fifteen years ago, I joined Mitch-Stuart to serve the non-profit community and help them raise money. Within six months, I experienced firsthand the impact professional auctioneers made on a non-profit organization’s success.
Over time I learned more about the industry, earned my BAS designation, and attended the Benefit Auction Summit and Conference & Show—all of which solidified this simple truth: The auction industry, in all its forms, is populated with thousands of phenomenal people doing everything they can to make their respective market a better place for business. By doing so, they were growing their businesses and helping the industry expand.
I am now a Trustee of the Foundation to be a part of that. It’s not about me or what I will receive from the experience; it’s about being of service and expecting nothing in return.
Five years ago—upon retiring at age 67, I felt that I still had much to do to give back.
Decades ago, I started working as a CPA in the for-profit sector; halfway through my career, I became a nonprofit executive. So the transition from being Mr. Over-Achiever to being Mr. Retired-Person was difficult. Having grown up in rural Illinois, I saw my dad struggle with several side jobs to make ends meet, all while running a small business during the day. He’d rent out his public address system for local horse shows and auctions in his free time.
I helped out, loving the excitement of an auction. Becoming an auctioneer 55 years later was a no-brainer. So, I graduated from auction school, got licensed, and chose to run charity auctions, where I could give back to a cause… and also get paid!
Then the pandemic hit. Having been through hard knocks before, I decided to wait it out. NAA has been a huge support. Feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn from my colleagues and even competing at my age at the IAC, I have received much more from auctioneering than I’ve put into it—it is time to give back.
The Foundation provides educational scholarships and works to preserve our rich auctioneering history. The Foundation sponsored the entire NAA education program during the pandemic! This Oldie-but-Newbie urges you to give what you can! Thank you for your support.
Growing up as a child, my parents taught my three sisters and me many things, including the lesson of giving to receive. As a child, I didn’t fully understand what this meant; however, as the years went by, I slowly began to fully understand and embrace this concept, both in my personal life and in my profession.
I realized that giving could come in many forms, including money, time, or talent. Receiving came in various forms. Through giving, I have made new friendships, gained priceless knowledge, and of course, larger commissions and so much more.
As a professional in the auction industry, I believe it to be a privilege to give to the Foundation so it can carry out its mission and support programs such as:
Scholarships for emerging auctioneers in our industry and those seeking to advance in the auction profession
Educational seminars for those seeking to improve their auction professionalism, and find new ways to serve our clients and customers better
Preserving and helping us remember our auction history
I support the Foundation and the NAA by contributing, participating, and being active as a member. I am happy to give, knowing without a doubt that I will receive so much more in return. Please join me in supporting the Foundation and the entire auction method of marketing by giving to the National Auctioneers Foundation.