FAQ’s

FAQs About Working with Dean Crownover…

Q: Why use Dean as our charity auctioneer over a volunteer?
benefit auction faqsA: Time and again, we hear from new clients that they asked a volunteer to host and run their previous auction – and it was a disaster. What they saved in compensation they lost ten-fold in credibility and bids. Sure, volunteers may be well liked and tell good jokes – but are they trained to keep the event moving, the crowd entertained and the bids up, all at the same time? Do they consult with you before the big night to you help raise thousands of extra dollars? Dean is, Dean does, Dean will.

Q: What is a BAS and is Dean one?
A: BAS stands for Benefit Auctioneer Specialist. Auctioneers must complete the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) course to receive their BAS accreditation. Out of 31,000 auctioneers Dean is currently one of only 200 auctioneers in the country who hold a BAS and he is the only one in the state of Georgia.

Q: What about a local celebrity as our auctioneer?
A: Just as with volunteers, celebrities may be great on the radio or TV – but can they maximize your fundraising dollars with auctioneering skills? Are they licensed to auctioneer? Probably not. Consider including celebrities at your event, but involve them in a different ways – ask Dean how during your free one-hour consult. By the way, Dean works very well with celebrities. Ask Jane Fonda! She loves her some Dean!!

Q: What kind of ideas can Dean offer to make our event even better?
A: When you book Dean for your event, he will offer ideas to maximize your fundraising auction dollars – from silent auction table placement, to best selling categories of live auction items, to profitable raffle and game suggestions. By booking early, your committee will have plenty of time to implement these moneymaking tips of the trade shared during your Event Envisioning meeting.

Q: What happens after the event?
A: About a week after your event Dean will a 30 minute conference call with you and your team to discuss what worked and what you could change to be even more successful.

Q: Why use Dean as our charity auctioneer over a volunteer?
benefit auction questionsA: Time and again, we hear from new clients that they asked a volunteer to host and run their previous auction – and it was a disaster. What they saved in compensation they lost ten-fold in credibility and bids. Sure, volunteers may be well liked and tell good jokes – but are they trained to keep the event moving, the crowd entertained and the bids up, all at the same time? Do they consult with you before the big night to you help raise thousands of extra dollars? Dean is, Dean does, Dean will.

Q: How far in advance should we book Dean?
A: Ideally, 12 – 18 months to ensure availability and to allow time to implement all the great ideas he gives your team. But don’t hesitate to retain him at any point during your process.

Q: How long does Dean stay?
A: For length of your event until the last auction item is sold – usually 3-4 hours. Dean arrives early to assess your room, test sound, train your bid spotters, and to go over any last details.

Q: As an emcee, is Dean’s humor family friendly?
A: Without a doubt. Dean will have your audience in stitches, but he keeps it clean and friendly. When Dean is at the mic, you never have to worry about him crossing the line of good taste.

Q: Does Dean consult on fundraising?
A: Absolutely. Over 8 hours of consultation is yours when you retain his services.

benefit auction questions and answersQ: During the live auction, will our guests be able to understand Dean as he calls bids?
A: Yes. Dean is skilled at using the auctioneer’s “chant” – but he’s not selling cattle. He is committed to raising the most money possible for your organization. He knows how to slow down so that the audience hears him and the bids clearly.

Q: Do I have to have a licensed auctioneer at my charity fundraiser?
A: Without all the legal mumbo jumbo the short answer is “Yes.” There are specific exceptions (that involve the 4-H and livestock – don’t ask!) but most states require that your auctioneer be licensed. Dean is licensed in the State of Georgia and has reciprocal licenses in several other states.

Q: Will Dean travel?
A: Dean’s motto: “Have tux, will travel.” Airfare, hotel and transportation are not included in his flat fee – but ask him for some ideas to get these items donated!

Q: What happens after the event?
A: Included in his retainer package is a 30-minute conference call with your committee discussing what worked best and suggestions for making your next event even better. You also get first priority on booking his services for next year’s event.

Q: I want to hear from some of Dean’s clients. Can I get names and numbers?
A: Absolutely! Just ask.

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