Friday, December 21, 2012

Cool Things My Friends Do - Austin Auctioneers Mike and Sherri Hanley

Each Friday on this blog I enjoy highlighting some of the cool things my friends do in their work and personal lives. 

Ever you ever been to an auction?  I mean a real auction with those fast-talking auctioneers who get the whole place buzzing with excitement?  My friends Mike and Sherri Hanley (of SR Custom Events and Auctions) are real-to-goodness auctioneers. 

They are "Charity Benefit Auction Specialists" who believe in giving their clients two Professional Auctioneers for the price of one.  Mike and Sherri both attend the event and use their co-auctioneering style to create banter and fun to keep the crowd engaged.  Also, with a lot of attendees, it is very beneficial to have two people to provide
not only bid calling, but professional ring/color/bid spotting.

Together they have over 40 years of experience in non profit event planning and fundraising.  They work hard in advance to consult clients on crowd analysis, evening agenda, Live and Silent Auction strategy, timing, order, placement, ensure the entire evening goes smoothly.
Also, if needed they can provide "Auction Boosters."  These are items to be added on a reserve basis to round out your auction.  For example, you may have a lot of  trips and jewelry, but we could add movie, music and/or Sports memorabilia.

Finally, among  the many strategies that have proven successful over the years that they will share with you is what they call Paddles Up or Fund-a-Need.  This is a direct ask from the crowd that results in $1000's of dollars in just a few minutes during the Live Auction.  

Mike and Sherri are looking forward to 2013 and the work they will be doing for Empower Network, Habitat for Humanity, Purpose Medical, Ace Academy and many more.

More information can be found on

Have A Great Day

thom singer

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