WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m an auctioneer as well as a concierge for my clients. I also service new clients who are looking to engage myself and the company.
WHEN DID YOU START YOUR CAREER AS AN AUCTIONEER?
I started auctioning December 2005.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE AUCTION?
A unit in Darling point that someone bought for 4.2 million dollars as a wardrobe as they had to many clothes, but possible the most memorable are the shortest auctions which can be as short as 2 minutes or my longest, 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds, $1,334,000 over the reserve 516 bids and at one point I had to caution the bidders for collusive practice.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN AREA OF FOCUS?
My area of focus initially was the Inner West of Sydney, what I call my core area. As time progressed I have spread my wings now covering Sydneys Lower North Shore and the Eastern Suburbs in order to accommodate my clients expanding their businesses and market share.
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN AUCTIONEER?
I used to work at Pickles Auctioneers and Valuers back in 1988 and they had car auctions on a Monday night I thought it looked exciting but never had the idea to get up and do it. I’d done charity auctions and comedy work before so standing up and performing in front of people wasn’t a problem. That with a wide range of jobs that I’ve had means I have a great affiliation with people and a gift of the gab and my wife Sue said, “I think you’d be a great auctioneer”, and here I am 18 years later.
WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE TABLE ON AUCTION DAY?
I bring experience, 18 years of it! I bring a new voice a new face to the conversation and sometimes that can be the circuit breaker in a positive way. I put the icing on the cake and finish the work that was started by the agent sometimes years ago to help them get the next listing, help the vendor move forward and the purchasers with the next chapter in their journey.
WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING YOUR CLIENTS MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I was on Hey Hey Its Saturday in 1993, I also appeared on the Best and worst of Hey Hey Its Saturday. I won Australia’s Funniest Person in 1995 and won a car. I was in the Grand Final of No Talent Time on the Footy Show at the Old Entertainment Centre in China Town in front of about 8000 people.