Benefit Auction Summit 2019

August 25-27, 2019


If you’re a veteran Benefit Auctioneer or just starting out, the Benefit Auction Summit is one annual event you won’t want to miss! Located in beautiful Palm Springs, California, you will BENEFIT from stellar education over two days of fun and exciting sessions! We’ll talk sales, appeals, consults and more! Best of all, network with your fellow auctioneers at our Welcome Party and make connections that will last a lifetime! Come back to this page for updates as we get closer to the summit! Register now, and we’ll see you in sunny Palm Springs!

Registration, Hotel and Travel

Register by July 25 and book your hotel by August 3 for the best prices!

Keynote Speaker

Penelope Burk
Joining us for a second year with new insights, Penelope Burk is a leading fundraising innovator with over forty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. The author of four books, the annual Burk Donor Survey, the popular BurksBlog, and more than fifty seminars, training programs and plays, Penelope is responsible for shining a light on the problem of donor attrition and offering the fundraising industry an evidence-based formula for keeping donors giving longer and more generously.

Penelope is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant and trainer and the founder of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., an international firm that helps not-for-profits raise more money by transforming their fundraising to be Donor-Centered.

Schedule of Events (more details coming soon; subject to change) 

Sunday, August 25
6 p.m.: Welcome Party

Monday, August 26

9 a.m.: Welcome
9:15 a.m.: Consultations | Glen Fladeboe
10:30 a.m.: Sales Funnel & Process | Nelson Jay, BAS; Dan Newman, BAS; Misty Marquam, BAS
12 p.m.: Lunch
1 p.m. Appeals | Trisha Brauer, CAI, BAS; Bobby D. Ehler, CAI, AMM, BAS; Dee Dee Kiesow, BAS
2:45 p.m.: Best and Brightest, Speed Networking Style | Zan Aufderheide, BAS; Darron Meares, CAI, BAS, MPPA
5 p.m.: Reception

Tuesday, August 27

8:30 a.m.: Donor Psychology with Penelope Burk
10 a.m.: Workshop with Penelope Burk
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
1:30 p.m.: Best and Brightest, Family Feud Style | Lynel Gullidge
3 p.m.: Adjourn

Benefit Auction Summit Committee

Nelson Jay, BAS – Chair
Darron Meares, CAI, CAS, GPPA – Trustee liaison
Zan Aufderheide, BAS 
TiWanna Kenney, BAS 
Misty Marquam, BAS
Lynelle Gullidge