Navigating from a national grocery chain to a technology company and now to Grafe Auction, my marketing career has spanned multiple industries. While each industry has unique features, the passion I've discovered in the auction industry stands out in comparison.
My journey began with the first timers' session at the National Auction Association's Conference. The warm welcome from the NAA staff was reminiscent of my initial days at Grafe Auction, filled with eagerness to share and exchange stories. I found similar experiences when I attended the Women's Luncheon and throughout the conference. I met a lot of new people and they all had this in common:
What struck me most, however, was the recurring theme of family legacy in this industry. Take Grafe Auction for example; our CEO, Judd Grafe, took over the reins from his parents, the original founders. The legacy continues with Judd's nephew, Ben Grafe, who serves as our Director of Logistics. John Schultz, our Chief Marketing and Technology Officer, too, found his footing in the auction industry thanks to his uncle.
Throughout the conference, I heard a myriad of stories echoing similar themes of family and legacy. One particularly touching event was the induction of several professionals into the Hall of Fame. One auctioneer, from Minnesota as well, was surrounded by his family on that stage - including several of his children, who grew up around auctions. Those children, now accomplished auctioneers themselves, are proof of the legacy this industry builds.
In contrast to most conferences where attendance often feels obligatory, this conference felt like a family reunion, albeit a larger one. The attendees didn’t just refer to each other as colleagues, but as family members, regardless of blood relations.
What does this all mean for you? When you interact with auctioneers and other professionals in the industry, you're partnering with individuals deeply passionate about their careers. We understand that an auction can symbolize a significant juncture in a seller's life. It could signify a challenging period, celebrate the culmination of a successful career upon retirement, or even pave the way for bidders eager to embark on a new entrepreneurial journey.
Whether you're marking the end of a chapter or eagerly beginning a new one, we at Grafe Auction strive to guide your journey through our shared dedication and proficiency.
Are you intrigued by the dynamic world of auctions? Or perhaps you're curious about the fascinating narratives behind each auction event? We invite you to connect, share your experiences, and join the dialogues we love engaging in about our shared passion for auctions. Your journey could be the next enriching tale we share at the upcoming National Auction Association's Conference!
We're eager to hear your personal experiences or thoughts about the auction industry. Your stories and insights enrich our vibrant auction community. Share them with us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Let's keep the conversation going!
Charissa Bires is a marketing professional with over 10 years of experience driving growth for brands through innovative campaigns and customer engagement. She currently serves as Director of Marketing at Grafe Auction, where she oversees content creation, social media management, email marketing, and more.