A fundraising auctioneer that goes the extra mile to earn his or her BAS designation is an auctioneer that you want working for your event. Not only do they receive special training that very few auctioneers attain, but this also is a great indicator of an auctioneer that will do whatever it takes to be on the cutting edge of the fundraising auction professional spectrum.
The following is the definition of Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) from the National Auctioneers Association:
[BAS is a two-part educational program which trains auction professionals to enhance their services to clients. Coursework focuses on the fundraising components of the benefit auction event, item acquisition, audience development, additional revenue items, contractual agreements, and public relations.
The BAS program is offered through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Education Institute and is taught by nationally recognized Auctioneers and professionals who serve the benefit auction industry.
Earning the BAS designation requires not only completion of the coursework, but also testing, submission of specialized reports and various experiential projects.
As a BAS graduate, we are among the less than one percent of Auctioneers throughout North America with specialized training in benefit auctions. To maintain this designation, each auctioneer and fundraising consultant holding a BAS designation must complete 24 additional hours of continuing education courses every three years.]
Here at Elite Auctions and Fundraising Services we are committed to staying on top of the latest trends so that we can provide the best possible service to all of our clients. We are proud to have the BAS designation behind our names and I would highly recommend that you utilize an auctioneer for your fundraising auction event that is also BAS designated.
Written by Mike Grigg, AARE, BAS of Elite Auctions and Fundraising Services