Sara Rose Bytnar, of Naples, has joined Scott Robertson Auctioneers
Original story written by Tammy Ayer and published on Mon Jan. 26, 2015 at News-Press.com.
A familiar face has joined the staff of Scott Robertson Auctioneers and she’s eager to help local nonprofits raise more money than ever this season.
Sara Rose Bytnar, 28, has worked with Robertson on benefit auctions for years. She’s part owner of Rose Auction Group in Naples, where she manages the firm’s real estate auctions.
“Sara is a familiar face as she has worked with me at several hundred auctions over the past five years, in addition to conducting her own fundraising auctions,” Robertson said. “Sara joining our team in the capacity of auctioneer will allow Scott Robertson Auctioneers to provide our services to more charities.”
“She’s the only auctioneer I’ve partnered with. The fact that she’s local is just icing on the cake,” said Robertson, who in the past 21 years has conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout Florida and the United States.
In 2014, Scott Robertson Auctioneers helped raise more than $28 million for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities.
She’s already up and running, so to speak. Bytnar will be calling the lots at at the Naples Art Association gala on Feb. 7 and the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction for the Naples International Film Festival on Feb. 8. She’ll also be at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest on Feb. 28.
“The first thing people say is ‘You can do that fast talking?’” she said, laughing softly. “I’m an only child .. I’m very laid back, On stage I’m a totally different person. You take on that persona when you have a microphone on your hand.
“Scott is so very well known in the area. I am so fortunate to work with him…. him interacting with the crowd is so amazing to watch.”
Bytnar, a partner in the Rose Auction Group, travels throughout Florida, Ohio and Michigan performing auctions. She works with nonprofit organizations to help them reach their fundraising goals in charity benefit auctions.
She also oversees marketing and customer relations for the Rose Auction Group’s real estate auction division in Naples.
A third-generation auctioneer with with more than 10 years’ professional experience, Bytnar learned the ropes of this male-dominated industry from her mother, Beth Rose — president and CEO of the Rose Auction Group — and aunts Pamela Rose, Dawn Rose and Karen Rose.
The real estate auction company was founded in Toledo, Ohio, by Beth’s father David Rose, an entrepreneur, who is also from Toledo. Rose Auction Group later expanded to Michigan and Naples, and provides real estate and benefit auction services in Florida, Michigan and Ohio.
“The Rose Auction Group is nothing short of amazing. The Rose family is well known nationally primarily as real estate auctioneers in Michigan and Ohio. They certainly have a national presence,” Robertson said.
Awards for Bytnar keep coming, too. She was recently named first runner-up at the 2014 International Auctioneer Championship. Seven women made the finals of this completion, including Bytnar and her mother.
“I’ve been competing in this contest since the 1990s and I’ve never made the finals. Sara was first runner-up — it’s a big deal,” Robertson noted.
Bytnar already plans to compete in this year’s International Auctioneer Championship in Texas in July.
“I was runner-up … now I want it more than ever,” she said.
Bytnar was also named 2014-2015 Florida Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Champion in November, when auctioneers competed at the state conference. Contestants were judged on speech and clarity, bid calling techniques, salesmanship, appearance and professionalism and knowledge of the auction industry.
“In order to be a good bid caller, you have to be clear, you have to make sure people understand you,” said Bytnar, who will compete in the Michigan Auctioneer Championship this weekend. “Certainly the speed and cadence are criteria as well, to have that cadence that brings the buyer in.”
Growing up in a family of well-regarded female auctioneers, she’s never felt intimidated by working in a male-dominated industry.
“We are in the minority when it comes the industry as a whole, but in our industry and our profession, we have a big voice,” she said. “For us, it’s a great challenge… it certainly motivates us to the top of our game.
“I probably wouldn’t want it any other way. I see it as a huge positive to be in this industry as a woman.”
Robertson brought Bytnar on board, he said, as he becomes more in demand on a national basis while still handling benefit auctions throughout Florida.
“She just keeps getting better. We’ve done hundreds of auctions together, and it’s time. Sara’s beyond ready.”
Sara Rose Bytnar
•Born: Toledo, Ohio
•Family: Husband Brandon, 31, an attorney. The couple, who met in high school, moved to Naples in 2009.
•Education: Bytnar graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus in promotions and advertising. She completed her Auctioneer Certification at The Repperts Schools of Auctioneering and is licensed in Florida and Ohio. She is also a graduate of the Professional Ringman’s Institute.
•Awards: Bytnar was the 2012 Certified Auctioneer’s Institute (CAI) Rose Award winner. This award is given to the CAI candidate that submits the best auction summary before completing the three year program. The Rose Award is named after Sara’s grandfather, David Rose, who lost his battle with cancer before completing the coveted designation in 1998. She was also named the 2014-2015 Florida Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Champion and was first runner-up at the 2014 International Auctioneer Championship.
•Personal interests: She admits that because she’s very busy, she does not have much free time to pursue hobbies. Her favorite thing outside work is to compete in auctioneering competitions.