Spanky Assiter, CAI, AARE
Spanky's love and passion for the business has resulted in his becoming one of the most dynamic and sought after auctioneers in the world. He has conducted auctions across the United States, England, Canada, South America, Puerto Rico and South Africa.
In the summer of 2007, Spanky’s global impact on the auction industry was recognized when he became one of the youngest inductees into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.
In 1991, he was awarded International Champion Auctioneer at the National Auctioneers Association Convention. He was named Texas State Champion Auctioneer the same year. Recognized again in 1994, when he was elected to the National Auctioneers Association's Board of Directors, Spanky has served on many committees within the organization, and has served as past president and in every office except secretary/treasurer for the Texas Auctioneers Association.
Since 1992, he has held court at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction, billed as the greatest collector car auction in the world, with extensive televised coverage on Speed TV. He has also conducted auctions for the sale of factory automobile inventories including Honda, Jaguar, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Chrysler, Ford and GM, and in 2005 he was titled World Champion Auto Auctioneer.
Currently one of the key auctioneers for the Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing Association, the largest thoroughbred horse auction in the world, Spanky has helped Keeneland sell billions of dollars of horses since he began in 2000. He has also conducted auctions at Red Baron's Architectural Antiques in Atlanta, Georgia, which sells millions of dollars worth of antiques quarterly. He has worked with Superior-Livestock Auction Company, selling commercial cattle, as well as purebred cattle and Arabian horses.
His inspirational story, celebrity status and motivational style of speaking have made him a much-desired speaker and lecturer. Spanky has conducted seminars on the auction method of marketing at conventions around the globe, and is a highly sought after instructor at the World Wide College of Auctioneering. He has been a guest instructor at the World Champion College of Auctioneering, Texas Auction Academy, and the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering.
Spanky earned his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Speech-Mass Communications from West Texas A & M University. He received his Certified Auctioneer (CAI) designation from Indiana University, as well as a degree from World Wide College of Auctioneering, and has the Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate (AARE) designation.