Professional Ringmen

Scott Robertson and his floor staff at the Immokalee Foundation Gala 2010

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
DateAuctionLocation
3/14/15LMHS Wild About Kids GalaNaples, FL
3/14/15Berkley PrepTampa, FL
3/14/15Carrollwood Day School GalaTampa, FL
3/13/15Pet LoversNaples, FL
3/12/15Coastal Conservation Association CitrusCitrus
3/9/15Gulf Shore Play HouseNaples, FL
3/6/15American Cancer Association, Bucket List Bash Naples, FL
3/5/15Magic Under the MangrovesNaples, FL
3/4/15Imagine Champagne Afternoon TeaNaples, FL
2/28/15Wine FestFort Myers, FL
2/28/15Tampa JesuitTampa, FL
2/26/15Boston Red Sox Tee Party, LMHS Forrest County Club
2/21/15CRF GalaUpper Keys, FL
2/21/15Neighborhood Health Naples, FL
2/18/1510th Anniversary Celebration Naples, FL
2/16/15Basketball Hall of FameNaples, FL
2/15/15Fiddle SticksFort Myers, FL
2/13/15Fiddle SticksFort Myers, FL
2/8/15Celebrity Martini GlassNaples, FL
2/7/15The Love of Art Auction GalaNaples, FL
2/7/15FGCU President's GalaNaples, FL
2/6/15Fun Time Learning AcademyNaples, FL
2/6/15Costal Conservation Association Ocala Ocala
2/5/15St Ann School Foundation Naples, FL
1/27/15Heights Foundation Fort Myers, FL
1/17/15David Lawrence CenterNaples, FL
1/14/15Guadalupe CenterNaples, FL
1/12/15Old Fashioned Round Up, Latch Key LegionPelican Bay, FL
12/12/14Artis-Naples Winter Gala and AuctionNaples, FL
12/10/14Dodge Viper, LMHS Fort Myers
12/5/14Ave Maria Law School Christmas GalaNaples, FL
12/4/14Coastal Conservation Association St AugustineSt Augustine, FL
11/21/14Coastal Conservation Association SarasotaSarasota,FL
11/15/14Naples Community School Angel Ball Naples, FL
11/14/14Immokalee FoundationNaples, FL
11/13/14Coastal Conservation Association North PalmPalm Beach, FL
11/9/14TheatreZone GalaNaples, FL
11/8/14Praying for Our ChildrenTampa, FL
11/8/14Arts for ActFort Myers, FL
11/6/14Coastal Conservation Association JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL
11/1/14Red Kettle Gala Salvation ArmyNaples, FL
10/26/14From Our HeartsFort Myers FL
10/23/14Costal Conservation Association DadeMiami, FL
10/11/14St.Petersburg Catholic High School St. Petersburg, FL
10/9/14Coastal Conservation Association OrlandoOrlando, FL
10/9/14Coastal Conservation Association OrlandoMelbourne, FL
10/4/14Sandbar ProductionsFort Myers, FL
9/27/14Bartlet Regional Hospital Seafood GalaJuneau, AK
9/25/14Coastal Conservation AssociationSouth Palm Palm Beach, FL
9/18/14Coastal Conservation Association PinellasSt. Petersbug, FL
9/6/14FARA Energy BallTampa, FL
8/31/14Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers FoundationSonoma, CA
8/21/14Celebrity Chef's DinnerCape Coral, FL