Mike was AWESOME! It’s the morning after the event and I’m a bit tired but not too tired to rave about Mike and his talent and personality. We spoke on the phone a couple of times before the event, and he was exactly as promised. He was prepared, fun, engaging, and the results for our art auction was successful. Thank you Mike!
Collectively, Mike Kinney has developed a very well-deserved reputation of being truly one of kind and has a unique skill set that is second to none which in turn has generated over $2 million in revenue for various charitable organizations throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering; the World Wide School of Auctioneering; and the Professional Ringmans Institute (PRI). By the way, when selecting a benefit auctioneer for your event, there are some key thoughts/insight to consider:
- Confidence: This is an intangible asset that is easily recognizable from anywhere on the floor. When you first meet Mike Kinney, you can see it in his eyes, hear it in his voice, and quickly realize that his enthusiasm is contagious.
- Expertise: This is a broad topic that refers to having a sound understanding of a wide variety of fundraising options available for a given event. Due to his broad background, Mike ensures that fundraising strategies are optimally aligned with the social as well as economic aspects of the event.
- Adaptability: Very few events exactly follow the agenda or script. With his broad base of experience, Mike is able handle such challenges in stride, all the while ensuring the event continues seamlessly.
While there are numerous auctioneers, less than 1% of them have chosen to undergo the rigorous process required to receive designation as a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) by the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Chances are that you have experienced your event not meeting expectations or even seen some sponsors no longer wanting to support you. While Mike Kinney has helped a series of charities recover from such disasters over his career, involving him early in the planning stages avoids numerous pitfalls.
In addition to being a member in good standing of the NAA and an NAA designated BAS, Mike Kinney is also a Certified Professional Ringman by the Professional Ringmans Institute. This makes him part of a very elite group of professionals who have chosen to make the commitment (both financially and time away from their profession) required to achieve both of these very noteworthy recognitions. By the way, the biggest risk associated with having a “volunteer” auctioneer, or someone who just “would like to try it” is that you won't realize how much money was left “in the room”. In turn, this can lead to limited bidding; reduced attendance at future events; inability to attract additional corporate sponsors; and lack of media interest.
Mike has provided auctioneer services for a series of charitable organizations throughout the Southwest United Sates and beyond. Examples include: Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities; SEMA Cares; The Lili Claire Foundation; Las Vegas Public Broadcast System (Vegas PBS); Conquer Paralysis Now; Fallen Officer's Fund; American Parkinson Disease Association of Southern Nevada; Saint Baldrick's Association; Nevada Sportsman Unlimited; and the White Horse Youth Ranch Project.
Mike Kinney also has extensive experience/expertise serving as Emcee for galas, corporate events, and similar venues. Whether it is the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills or a high-stakes poker party at a Las Vegas Casino, Mike Kinney comes prepared with a commanding voice and phenomenal energy. Combining his ability to understand your event as well, as well as important constituents that might be in attendance, with equal amounts of enthusiasm and professionalism sets him apart. Event locations have included numerous Las Vegas Strip venues (e.g., The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino; MGM Grand Hotel and Casino; Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino; South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa; Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino), private estates in Brentwood, CA and Las Vegas, NV; and the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA.
In summary, Mike is a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) as well as a Certified Professional Ringman with over 30 years of collective experience. When combined with his ability to professionally deliver an experience that has to be seen to be believed, Mike Kinney is in a league of his own. Simply stated, Mike has proven time and again to be a key ingredient to event success. He looks forward to “voicing your expectations”.