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 2013-2014 Fundraising Season
DateAuctionPlace
4/12/2014Tails Humane SocietyChicago IL
4/11/2014ForEverglades Naples
4/7/2014Founders FundNaples
4/5/2014Southwest Florida Heart BallEstero
4/4/2014Mike Ditka/Jim Hart Celebrity Golf TournamentSugden Hall
4/4/2014Wanderlust FGCUNaples
4/3/2014Coastal Conservation Association PolkBartow
3/29/2014Boys and Girls Club of Monterey CAMonterey CA
3/22/2014Naples CAPANaples
3/20/2014Coastal Conservation Association CitrisCrystal River
3/15/2014Temple BethelFort Myers
3/13/2014Coastal Conservation Association of Fort MyersFort Myers
3/8/2014Ohio State Buckeye ParadiseNaples
3/8/2014Tampa Jesuit SchoolTampa
3/7/2014Seahorse Dream GalaSanibel Harbor
3/6/2014Magic Under the MangrovesNaples
3/4/2014Mardi Gras for Catholic CharitiesSarasota
3/1/2014Bucket List BashNaples
3/1/2014Venetian Ball for Catholic CharitiesFort Myers
2/27/2014Coastal Conservation Association ManateeBradenton
2/23/2014Celebrity Martini GlassNaples
2/22/2014Southwest Florida Wine and Food FestNaples
2/21/2014Carrolwood Day SchoolNaples
2/20/2014Boston Red SoxNaples
2/19/2014Opera NaplesNaples
2/16/2014Fiddlesticks Bobby NicholsFort Myers
2/15/2014Neighborhood Health ClinicNaples
2/15/2014New Missions System GolfEstero
2/14/2014Fiddlesticks Pipers AuctionFort Myers
2/9/20143rd on CanvasNaples
2/9/2014Pirates BallMatlacha
2/7/2014Van WezelSarasota
2/1/2014FGCU Presidents BallNaples
1/31/2014CCA OcalaOcala
1/26/2014Marion Downs FoundationDenver, CO
1/18/2014Seacrest Country Day SchoolNaples FL
1/17/2014David Lawrence CenterNaples FL
1/15/2014Heights Community FoundationFort Myers, FL
12/7/2013Friends of Foster Children Naples
12/6/2013Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee CountyFort Myers
12/6/2013Ava MariaNaples
11/24/2013Florida Hospital Golden GalaOrlando
11/21/2013CCA SarasotaSarasota
11/16/2013Immokalee FoundationNaples
11/15/2013North Palm BeachPalm Beach
11/12/2013Seminar with Online Marketing of fundraising auctionNaples
11/9/2013Angel Ball for Community School of NaplesNaples
11/7/2013Coastal Conservation of FloridaJacksonville
11/2/2013Haverford SchoolPhiladelphia
11/1/2013Red Snook Fishing Tournament/Auction Conservancy Southwest FLSouthwest Florida
10/24/2013Coastal Conservation of FloridaMiami
10/17/2013Coastal Conservation AssociationArcadia
10/10/2013Coastal Conservation Association OrlandoOrlando
10/3/2013Coastal Conservation Association GainesvilleGainesville
9/26/2013Coastal Conservation Association South Palm BeachPalm Beach
9/24/2013Fundraising Auction SeminarNaples
9/19/2013Coastal Conservation Association PinellasTampa
9/16/2013Benefit Auctioneers SummitChicago IL
9/14/2013Players Ball for Bridges of Light FoundationOrlando
9/7/2013Fara Energy BallTampa
8/31/2013Ronald McDonald HouseCape Coral
8/22/2013Rum Runners Event for LMHSCape Coral
8/16/2013Thinking Outside The BoxNaples
5/4/2013Heart Ball Lee CountyFort Myers
5/3/2013Coastal Conservation Association Life Member OutingEverglades City
4/26/2013Chamber of Commerce Fort MyersFort Myers
4/21/2013JR Achievement GrandezzaBonita Springs
4/20/2013Canterbury SchoolFort Myers
4/13/2013Friends of Foster ChildrenNaples
4/12/2013ForEvergladesNaples
4/9/2013CCA Polk CountyBartow
4/7/2013MS Golf BanquetNaples
4/5/2013Avila Charity Tennis TournamentTampa
3/28/2013Coastal Conservation Association KeysIslandmorado
3/24/2013Theatre ZoneNaples
3/23/2013Bayshore CAPA Naples
3/22/2013Useppa Muesum GalaUseppa Island
3/21/2013Coastal Conservation Association Banquet and Auction Fort MyersFort Myers
3/19/2013Naples Opera Port Royal Great GadsbyNaples
3/16/2013Carrolwood Day SchoolTampa
3/14/2013Manatee Co CCABradenton
3/9/2013Tampa Jesuit SchoolTampa
3/9/2013Ohio State Buckeye Club NaplesNaples
3/7/2013Magic Under the Mangroves Gala Conservancy Southwest FLNaples
3/2/2013St Pete Catholic High SchoolSt Petersburg
3/2/2013Venetian Ball for Catholic CharitiesFort Myers
2/23/2013Southwest Florida Wine and Food FestFort Myers
2/18/2013Martini Glass Auction Naples PhilharmonicNaples
2/17/2013Fiddlesticks Classic AuctionFt Myers
2/16/2013FGCU GalaFt Myers
2/15/2013Van WezelSarasota
2/15/2013Fiddlesticks Pipers AuctionFt Myers
2/10/20133rd on CanvasNaples
2/10/2013Priates BallMatlacha
2/9/2013Actors TheaterLouisville Ky
2/8/2013Ocala CCAOcala
2/2/2013Muscular DystrophyPalm Beach
1/26/2013Catholic Charities of SarasotaSarasota
1/25/2013IGFANaples
1/19/2013Seacrest Country Day SchoolNaples
1/18/2013David Lawerence FoundationNaples
1/16/2013Guadalope CenterNaples
1/9/2013American Cancer SocietyNaples
12/3/2012Art of the OlympiansFort Myers
12/2/2012Night at the Nest for FGCUFort Myers
12/1/2012St John NeumannNaples
11/16/2012Immokalee Foundation GalaNaples
11/8/2012Sarasota CCA Banquet and AuctionSarasota
11/3/2012Angel Ball for Community School of NaplesNaples
11/2/2012Red Snook Fishing Tournament/Auction Conservancy Southwest FLNaples
10/18/2012Dade CCAMiami
10/11/2012Orlando CCAOrlando
10/6/2012Natural High San DiegoSan Diego