The Art of the Ringman
Benefit Auctioneers are comfortable in a room no matter the number of people. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little help on occasion.
Scott has a rule of thumb. If the crowd size is 200 or less, he’s able to handle the auction depending on the configuration of the venue. But for every 100 people above 200, he surrounds himself with expert ringmen. As an example, if the benefit auction had 500 guests, Scott would work with three ringman. If there were 1,000 guests, Scott would have eight strategically placed around the room.
The ringman’s responsibilities are to observe the crowd and work with bidders and potential bidders, than pass that information to the benefit auctioneer through designated voice or hand signals.
A ringman’s job is not to just spot bids, but to solicit bids without being confrontational or offensive. That’s why Scott often prefers women ringmen at benefit auctions – a welcome change since most auctioneers and bid spotters are traditionally male.
A professional ringman also knows exactly where to stand as to not block the potential bidders’ view of the action – yet must always be within eyeshot of the auctioneer.
And finally, bid spotters must develop a trust and really get to know the people in their section of the room. Knowledge of the items up for auction is also crucial. A quality ringman always completes his or her homework and is able to answer any questions coming from their assigned area regarding a particular item.
In large crowds, professional ringmen play an important role in the success of benefit auctions. By connecting personally with the bidders and helping their bidding voices be heard, the ringmen help keep the momentum of the auction fast paced and exciting – and the charity comes out the winner.
Serving Florida and the Eastern United States. We have performed auctions in fourteen states including but not limited to the following cities: Atlanta, Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Brandon Brooksville, Cape Coral, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Clearwater, Coco Beach, Crystal River, Everglades, City Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hollywood, Immokalee, Islamorada, Sanibel Island,Captivia, Jupiter, Key Largo, Key West, Knoxville, Lexington, Louisville, Marathon, Miami, Mt Doro, Naples, Nashville, New Port Ritchie, New York, Nokomis, North Port, Ocala Orlando, Palm Beach, Park City, Pittsburg, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, St Petersburg, San Diego, New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantuckett, Sarasota, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Venice, and Vero Beach. "Have gavel will travel."
|Auction Dates for the 2014-2015 Fundraising Season|
|3/14/15||LMHS Wild About Kids Gala||Naples, FL|
|3/14/15||Berkley Prep||Tampa, FL|
|3/14/15||Carrollwood Day School Gala||Tampa, FL|
|3/13/15||Pet Lovers||Naples, FL|
|3/12/15||Coastal Conservation Association Citrus||Citrus|
|3/9/15||Gulf Shore Play House||Naples, FL|
|3/6/15||American Cancer Association, Bucket List Bash||Naples, FL|
|3/5/15||Magic Under the Mangroves||Naples, FL|
|3/4/15||Imagine Champagne Afternoon Tea||Naples, FL|
|2/28/15||Wine Fest||Fort Myers, FL|
|2/28/15||Tampa Jesuit||Tampa, FL|
|2/26/15||Boston Red Sox Tee Party, LMHS||Forrest County Club|
|2/21/15||CRF Gala||Upper Keys, FL|
|2/21/15||Neighborhood Health||Naples, FL|
|2/18/15||10th Anniversary Celebration||Naples, FL|
|2/16/15||Basketball Hall of Fame||Naples, FL|
|2/15/15||Fiddle Sticks||Fort Myers, FL|
|2/13/15||Fiddle Sticks||Fort Myers, FL|
|2/8/15||Celebrity Martini Glass||Naples, FL|
|2/7/15||The Love of Art Auction Gala||Naples, FL|
|2/7/15||FGCU President's Gala||Naples, FL|
|2/6/15||Fun Time Learning Academy||Naples, FL|
|2/6/15||Costal Conservation Association Ocala||Ocala|
|2/5/15||St Ann School Foundation||Naples, FL|
|1/27/15||Heights Foundation||Fort Myers, FL|
|1/17/15||David Lawrence Center||Naples, FL|
|1/14/15||Guadalupe Center||Naples, FL|
|1/12/15||Old Fashioned Round Up, Latch Key Legion||Pelican Bay, FL|
|12/12/14||Artis-Naples Winter Gala and Auction||Naples, FL|
|12/10/14||Dodge Viper, LMHS||Fort Myers|
|12/5/14||Ave Maria Law School Christmas Gala||Naples, FL|
|12/4/14||Coastal Conservation Association St Augustine||St Augustine, FL|
|11/21/14||Coastal Conservation Association Sarasota||Sarasota,FL|
|11/15/14||Naples Community School Angel Ball||Naples, FL|
|11/14/14||Immokalee Foundation||Naples, FL|
|11/13/14||Coastal Conservation Association North Palm||Palm Beach, FL|
|11/9/14||TheatreZone Gala||Naples, FL|
|11/8/14||Praying for Our Children||Tampa, FL|
|11/8/14||Arts for Act||Fort Myers, FL|
|11/6/14||Coastal Conservation Association Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL|
|11/1/14||Red Kettle Gala Salvation Army||Naples, FL|
|10/26/14||From Our Hearts||Fort Myers FL|
|10/23/14||Costal Conservation Association Dade||Miami, FL|
|10/11/14||St.Petersburg Catholic High School||St. Petersburg, FL|
|10/9/14||Coastal Conservation Association Orlando||Orlando, FL|
|10/9/14||Coastal Conservation Association Orlando||Melbourne, FL|
|10/4/14||Sandbar Productions||Fort Myers, FL|
|9/27/14||Bartlet Regional Hospital Seafood Gala||Juneau, AK|
|9/25/14||Coastal Conservation AssociationSouth Palm||Palm Beach, FL|
|9/18/14||Coastal Conservation Association Pinellas||St. Petersbug, FL|
|9/6/14||FARA Energy Ball||Tampa, FL|
|8/31/14||Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation||Sonoma, CA|
|8/21/14||Celebrity Chef's Dinner||Cape Coral, FL|