Benefit Auction Summit 2019

August 25-27, 2019

If you’re a veteran Benefit Auctioneer or just starting out, the Benefit Auction Summit is one annual event you won’t want to miss! Located in beautiful Palm Springs, California, you will BENEFIT from stellar education over two days of fun and exciting sessions! We’ll talk sales, appeals, consults and more! Best of all, network with your fellow auctioneers at our Welcome Party and make connections that will last a lifetime! Come back to this page for updates as we get closer to the summit! Register now, and we’ll see you in sunny Palm Springs!

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Keynote Speaker

Penelope Burk
Joining us for a second year with new insights , Penelope Burk is a leading fundraising innovator with over forty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. The author of four books, the annual Burk Donor Survey, the popular BurksBlog, and more than fifty seminars, training programs and plays, Penelope is responsible for shining a light on the problem of donor attrition and offering the fundraising industry an evidence-based formula for keeping donors giving longer and more generously.

Penelope is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant and trainer and the founder of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., an international firm that helps not-for-profits raise more money by transforming their fundraising to be Donor-Centered.

Schedule of Events

(more details coming soon; subject to change) 

Sunday, August 25
6 p.m.: Welcome Party | Thank you to our sponsor, Auction Packages

Monday, August 26

9 a.m.: Welcome
9:15 a.m.: Consequential Consultation: Fate Is in Your Hands! | Glen Fladeboe
10:30 a.m.: Nail the Pitch. Close the Deal. Build the Relationship. | Nelson Jay, BAS; Dan Newman, BAS; Misty Marquam, BAS, Dan Campbell, AMM, BAS
12 p.m.: Lunch | Thank you to our sponsor, Auction Packages
1 p.m. The Language of Appeals: Techniques to Increase Response | Trisha Brauer, CAI, BAS; Bobby D. Ehlert, CAI, AMM, BAS; TiWanna Kenney, BAS; Dee Dee Kiesow, BAS
2:45 p.m.: Ideabreaker: Pro to Pro Connections | Zan Aufderheide, BAS; Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA
5 p.m.: Reception | Thank you to our sponsors, Mitch Stuart and Winspire
Tuesday, August 27

8:30 a.m.: Donor-Centered in Changing Times with Penelope Burk
9:30 a.m.: Energy Break 
10 a.m.: Workshop with Penelope Burk
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Battle of the Benefits | Lynel Gullidge
3 p.m.: Adjourn


Learn about and bid on fabulous no-risk consignment offers donated by some of our summit sponsors and benefitting the National Auctioneers Foundation! Check our the trip below and start dreaming of your next vacation. Use the trip for yourself, as an incentive for your team, or give it to one of your best clients.

Thank you to our trip sponsor donators, Mitch Stuart, Sojourn Ventures and Winspire!

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Benefit Auction Summit Committee

Nelson Jay, BAS – Chair
Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA – Trustee liaison
Zan Aufderheide, BAS 
TiWanna Kenney, BAS 
Misty Marquam, BAS
Lynelle Gullidge