Certified Benefit Auction Specialist
Professional Fundraising Auctioneer
Erin Ward, CAI, BAS, is a third generation auctioneer from New York. She has been in the auction business her entire life with both her mother, Jill Doherty, 2002 International Auctioneer Champion, and grandfather, Col. Jack Doherty.
Erin was one of the first in the receive the Benefit Auction Specialist designation by the National Auctioneers Association. 40 hours of expert education in fundraising auctions and countless dollars and hundreds of auction sets Erin apart from the ordinary auctioneer. In 2010, Erin competed for the first time in the International Auctioneers Competition. Standing amongst the best in the world, she placed 7th, and she looks forward to next year’s competition. Erin is a recent graduate of CAI, (Certified Auctioneers Institute), the most highly respected education designation in the auction industry, and less than 5% of auctioneers nationwide have achieved CAI status.
Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies with a focus in Art History from SUNY Purchase, New York. She took advantage of her time in college to study abroad in Spain, Italy, and China.
Erin is a diversely trained auctioneer, but specializes solely on fundraising. She is considered one of the top fundraising auctioneers in the world working with movie stars, politicians and A-list celebrities to maximize FUN and FUNraising. She excels at communicating with people of all cultures and has taken the time to study the most effective ways to help organizations raise money. This includes helping event guests feel confident and excited about donating. “My goal is to make everyone leaving the fundraiser feel like a STAR!” shares Erin “It’s all about the organization and the guests giving experience.”
Musical Background: ‘TAKE THE CHANCE’ by Nicolai Heidlas