Special events are playing a larger role in today’s nonprofit organization. From unique patron experiences to more traditional, special events are responsible for raising more and more revenue for the organization. Auctions, both silent and live, are more important than ever as they provide both a way to raise revenue quickly and be a form of entertainment for the audience at the same time. Yet many organizations have little information to help them effectively plan their event and rely often on untrained amateurs instead of professionals.
Melissa Christy Davis is the president and owner of Reppert Auction School, continuing the education of auctioneers since 1921. She is a third generation auctioneer associated with Christy’s of Indiana, Inc., one of the largest auction galleries in the state. She joined the auction business in 2003 as a managing broker for Christy’s real estate division. She earned both REALTOR and Businesswoman of the Year awards from the Indianapolis chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS®. She serves as a consultant and benefit auctioneer for various non-profit organizations. Christy’s is best known for their weekly “market day” style auctions, in which Melissa is the only female auctioneer on staff. In July 2016, Melissa had the opportunity to compete in the International Auctioneering Championship, finishing in the top 7 of the best female bid callers worldwide. She is a past president of the Indiana Auctioneer’s Association.
Here are some useful links that were referenced in today’s show.