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Christie King Named Vice-President of NAA
King, who is in position to take on the role of president in 2011, has served the past three years on the NAA’s Board of Directors and has been involved with the organization since 1992.
“I’m delighted to have a principal of J. P. King serve as an NAA officer,” said Craig King, president and CEO of J. P. King. “Being a principal of a company that has worked in 49 states and six countries, I know she is knowledgeable and prepared to bring a lot of ideas to the association. Her experience will enable her to relate to the trade and provide perspective and insight to address trends for auctioneers nationwide.”
Christie King has been breaking barriers in the auction business, a predominately-male industry, since she began working with J. P. King over 20 years ago. In her first year attending the NAA, King was part of the less-than five percent of female auctioneers in attendance. Today, of the 4,400 members, still only about 150 are females.
“I got involved in the NAA to learn from other auctioneers when I was new to the business,” King said. “Then, as I gained more experience in the auction business and got more involved in the NAA, I realized that I have something to contribute now.”
King was also the first female and youngest individual to serve on the Governor appointed Alabama State Board of Auctioneers, and, in 2007, she was the first female inducted into the Alabama Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame. She has also served as the only female president of the Alabama Auctioneer Association and was second female to become the Grand Champion Auctioneer in Alabama.
As vice president of the NAA, part of King’s responsibilities will include serving on the executive committee and run the day-to-day operations of the association, serve one year as a trustee for the Education Institute and serve on the Human Resources Committee, which she chaired last year.
“What Christie has accomplished is impressive,” said Craig King. “Her dedication to the NAA over the years has set her up for this position, and I know she’ll do a great job in her new role. I’m proud of her on a personal and a professional level.”
While King still serves as a board member and a principal with J. P. King Auction Co., she left her full-time position there in 2007 to work with non-profit benefit auctions. Because of her dedication to fundraising for these organizations, King founded C King Benefit Auctions, a business committed to assisting non-profit organizations and private schools with their fundraising needs.
“Even though J. P. King primarily focuses on high-end real estate, we would often have non-profit organizations contact us inquiring about their events,” King said. “I began working with non-profits in the mid-1990s, and a few years ago, I really felt that pull toward concentrating on giving back to these organizations.”
Between the two companies, King has gained experience working in a large, national company and the smaller, more regional auction company, which comprises the majority of the NAA, equipping her with experience and versatility that many NAA members consider valuable.
“Christie King is the perfect person to be in the leadership position she’s in right now,” said Hannes Combest, CEO of the NAA. “She’s a fourth-generation auctioneer and has a passion for the history and tradition of the profession. She’s also a savvy businesswoman who understands the need to build an organization that can change with the times. As the first woman to be president of the NAA, I think she is ready to lead us to that change.”
King will act as vice president for 2009 and be president-elect in 2010 before she officially accepts the role of president in 2011. While King is aware of the challenges and opportunities that face the NAA in the years ahead, she is prepared to face those and lead the association to the next level.
“The auction industry is something I love, believe in and have benefitted from,” said King, “And I’m dedicated to do as much for the industry as the industry has done for me.”
For more information on the NAA, J. P. King Auction Co., or C King Benefit Auctions, visit their websites at www.auctioneers.org, www.jpking.com and www.ckingbenefits.com.
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