Scott's Journey

How To Begin A Career With Just 25 Cents

Scott caught the auctioneering bug at an early age in his hometown of Bethel, Kentucky, a rural farming community with the staggering population of 183. As the son of a farmer and an antique storeowner, he often found himself by his parent’s side attending farm or antique auctions, which in many ways turned into social events with the ladies from the local church selling home baked food items.

“To be honest, as a kid I originally loved going to auctions because it was a day away from the farm and the chores.” said Scott as he recalled his boyhood days. “But, it wasn’t long before I found a mentor and began to appreciate the concept of the auction and the power of the auctioneer.”

That mentor was Howard Staton, a Bethel-area resident who conducted the majority of the auctions in the central Kentucky county. Scott remembers Staton as an honest, wise and personable man who treated him as if he were any other bidder.

“I may have been just a boy, but Mr. Staton never ignored me when I would bid on an item using money I earned from a paper route. He’d look me straight in the eye and accepted my bid as if I were an adult.”

One of the first items Scott bid on and won, when he was just seven years old, was a Carrom Board, a toy that was extremely popular in the 60s and 70s.

“We had a Carrom Board, but with two older brothers I didn’t get a chance to play with it much so I decided a second Carrom board was just what the household needed. I had to wait most of the day and when it finally came up for auction I had the winning bid – 25 cents. I think the other bidders took pity on me and let me have it.”

There were two things young Scott left the auction site with as the family vehicle headed back home – his Carrom Board – and a love for the auctioneer’s vocal talent and showmanship.

“Mr. Staton’s chant was flawless – simply mesmerizing. I became hooked,” he said.

It took 10 years after leaving Bethel for Scott to pursue his dream. In the mid-90s he attended an auctioneering school in Orlando, Florida and upon graduation immediately began to incorporate his outgoing personality into his new career.

In the past 17 years, Scott has conducted over 500 benefit auctions raising millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities every year.

Scott’s colleagues have also honored his efforts. Not only is he a frequent competitor in the International Auction Bid Calling Championship, he’s a former Florida Auction Bid Calling Champion.

“I truly love what I do,” said Scott. “How many other jobs can you name where you are helping those not-for-profit organizations, schools and charities that need help – while at the same time standing next to stars like Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Sharon Stone – to name just a few.”

But perhaps the most intriguing and ironic fact of all in Scott’s journey is this: The raising of millions upon millions of dollars for families in need – all over the state of Florida and beyond – began with the simple investment of a quarter.

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
3/28/15Heart BallEstero, FL
3/27/15Annual Avila Charity Tennis TournamentTampa, FL
3/26/15Coastal Conservation Association Polk
3/25/15Robb & Stucky Chairs for Charity Ft Myers, FL
3/24/1514th Annual Van Wezel Foundation GalaSarasota,FL
3/24/15Bayshore CAPANaples, FL
3/22/15Golf and Grape MS Society Naples, FL
3/21/15The Ohio State Buckeye Club GalaNaples, FL
3/21/15The Boots and Boogie BashNaples, FL
3/20/15Useppa GalaFort Myers, FL
3/19/15Coastal Conservation Association Ft MyersFort Myers, FL
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