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Christie King, Founder

Christie King is the founder of C King Benefit Auctions, launching the company in 2007 after working in her family business, J. P. King Auction Company, for 30 years. Christie served on several boards of both local and national charities throughout her years with J. P. King, finding her passion laid with contributing to these nonprofits. When she decided she wanted to make that service her life, she did it the best way she knew how: auctions. Since then, she has raised millions of dollars for women, children, medical foundations, animals and other nonprofits all over the country.

After establishing C King Benefit Auctions, Christie earned her Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation through the National Auctioneers Association. During her 30-year auction career, has been president of the Alabama Auctioneer’s Association, the 1995 Alabama Grand Champion Auctioneer and was the first female inducted into the Alabama Auctioneers Hall of Fame. In 2011, she became the first female and first Alabamian elected president of the National Auctioneers Association and still serves on several educational committees and was the chair of their St. Jude Committee. In 2010, she received the Women of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of Northeast Alabama and is currently serving her second term on the Alabama State Board of Auctioneers. Christie is also a member of the Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota and Georgia Auctioneer’s Associations as well as a member and presenter with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

In 2015 Christie, along with partners Connie and Kurt Johnson, launched the Benefit Auction Institute. The Institute was created by these partners, who have a combined 50+ years of benefit auction experience, to educate nonprofits on ways to maximize their fundraising potential.

Christie attends Ohatchee Church of Christ and has been married to her husband, Mike Ray, since 1999.

Jean Kirchner

With 18 years of experience in office administration, Jean takes on the day-to-day responsibilities of running C King Benefit Auctions. Jean prospects new clients, and her expert planning abilities and unmistakable energy make her a great resource for current CKBA clients. She guides them through their planning, helps them keep their event on schedule, and coordinates the auction-day staff. Jean earned her Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation through the National Auctioneers Association in 2015.

Jean has been married to Rudy Kirchner since 1978. She enjoys spending time with her kids/grandkids and blowing the office’s diets with her delicious baking skills.

Patty Brown

As the owner and principal auctioneer at Red Belly Rooster Auction, Patty knows her way around an auction. Add to that her passion to help others and you can understand why she’s the perfect C King Benefit Auctions Associate Auctioneer.

In addition to running her auction company in Fayetteville, Georgia, Patty is an active member of the National Auctioneers Association and is currently serving as an elected director for the Georgia Auctioneers Association Board.  Patty loves every opportunity to help Atlanta-area nonprofits exceed their fundraising goals. C King Benefit Auctions is proud to have Patty as an integral part of the team.

Patty and her husband Terry have a “Brady Bunch”-style family with 6 children, three grandchildren and puppy Noah. When they are not at an auction, they love to play scrabble & travel.

Sherry Spence

Sherry’s career in the auction profession began alongside her daddy at the tender age of 11. She now boasts over 30 years of experience in the auction industry, is a member of the National Auctioneers Association, South East Regional Vice President of the Georgia Auctioneers Association and holds the title of 2015 Georgia State Champion Auctioneer. Sherry and her husband Todd, also a licensed auctioneer, own and operate 3G’s Auction Company in Sumner, Georgia.

As well as being an Associate Auctioneer at C King Benefit Auctions, Sherry has assisted many nonprofits with their fundraising needs. Among these are Relay for Life, Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Best Friends Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

Sherry enjoys quite time with the Lord, spending time with her family, receiving hugs and loves from her grandbabies and curling up with a good book.

Brynley King

Brynley has been in the real estate business most of his life. As an Auction Marketing Specialist for J. P. King Auction Company, he helps achieve the sale of premier real estate in a timely fashion through the auction marketing program.

Though Brynley is passionate about many charitable organizations and helping them raise funds for their missions, his favorite nonprofit is Racing for Children’s. Founded by motorsports enthusiasts, Racing for Children’s focus is raising awareness and funds for The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

Brynley is known as a real chick magnet and he loves fast cars! (He raises free-range/grass fed eggs and is a high performance driving instructor for the Porsche Club of America and BMW Car Club of America at various road course race tracks.)

Grant Skaggs

Grant graduated from The University of Alabama in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and is an Alabama Real Estate licensee. He was a Project Manager at J. P. King Auction Company for 5 years where he oversaw multi-million dollar real-estate auctions from start to finish all over the USA.

C King Benefit Auctions is proud to have Grant on our team where he has been a bid assistant for 9 years. Guests at our client’s fundraisers enjoy Grant’s interaction with the crowd and the nonprofits we serve love the way he helps raise money during their auctions.

In addition to his work with CKBA, Grant is employed with United Rentals in Attalla, Alabama. He has been married to his wife Cassie for 13 years. They have 3 children and live in Gadsden. Grant is a child of God and loves to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family.

Perry Walden

Perry T. Walden is a graduate of World Wide College of Auctioneering and is an up and coming auctioneer in the metro Atlanta area. He grew up attending auctions with his grandpa, and is a huge enthusiast for the industry. Perry is a proud member of the National Auctioneers Association and sits on the board of directors for the Georgia Auctioneers Association.

Serving nonprofits from behind the mic or on the floor as a bidder assistant is a passion Perry found during his first few years as an auctioneer.  In addition to working with benefit auctions, Perry also has experience with real estate and automotive auctions.

In his spare time he tinkers with classic cars, cheers on his alma mater (Go DAWGS!)  and spends time at home with his wife and dog, Hercules.

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