Before entering the auction industry, I wrote for parenting and senior citizen publications on the Gulf Coast and banged out an honors B.S. in Commercial Writing with dual minors in Graphic Design and Advertising/Public Relations.
At my first career stop, my work broke Indiana single-year records for auctioneer association awards. In September of 2002, my wife and I moved back to the East Coast to be close to family and to start the adventurous flight that has been Biplane Productions.
I love snaking roads and shifting through my MINI Cooper’s 6 gears. In fact, I recently starred in a commercial for MINI USA. I spend my weekends writing essays, hiking in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and chasing adrenaline rushes. I root for lots of summer rain to make the local creeks kayakable. At my church, I serve as the lead communicator and organizer for our parking team—more than 40 men & women who greet thousands of drivers and passengers across four services each weekend.
From saying wedding vows barefoot on a beach to being kissed by a Andean potato farmer, from hydrospeeding in the coldest river in France (37ºF) to bungee jumping out of a New Zealand cable car—creative nonfiction is both my lifestyle and life work.
Because auction advertising allows only tight budgets and tighter turnaround demands, many auctioneers assume that their marketing materials cannot compete with those of other industries. But the need to have advertising media fast shouldn’t force any auctioneer to accept ineffective, unattractive collateral.
I built Biplane Productions as a source for auctioneers who want to set new standards for their competitors and a new level of satisfaction from their sellers.
Since breaking into the auction industry in June of 2000, I have designed media for more than 5,000 auctions. Working for some of the biggest names in the auction industry, I have won 220 advertising awards—including 7 Best of Shows and 120 NAA plaques for auction industry professionals.
I’ve handled auction marketing budgets from $500 to $250,000 and contributed to auctions in 48 states.
As an auction school instructor, continuing education presenter, and national seminar speaker, I have built a reputation as a knowledgeable industry source. I am the marketing instructor for the Certified Auctioneer Institute and helped write the curriculum for the Auction Marketing Management designation.
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