My email signature is as such:
Sherry Truhlar, CMP, BAS, CAI
If I was so inclined, there are other initials I could use after my name, too. I’ve got a couple of bachelors degrees, a masters degree, and other certifications in addition to those three listed.
Yet these three are only the designations I write with any regularity. I think it’s because I must pay a fee to use them each year. I feel compelled to “get my money’s worth” out of them.
As it turns out, one of the questions sent in via the Website last week was, “What do all the initials after an auctioneer’s name mean? And how important are they?”
In this video, you’ll learn what the Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) credentialing is, how much it costs an auctioneer to get it and maintain it, and why I don’t think it should be your only criteria when it comes to selecting an auctioneer for your fundraising auction.
The BAS training program is for auctioneers. It’s overseen by the National Auctioneers Association and offers a broad introduction into the world of charity auctions. For new auctioneer getting started in business, it’s quite useful.
But when finding an auctioneer to oversee your gala, consider other factors, too.