About Patrick O'Neill
over twenty-five years of experience, you could say that Patrick
Shane ONeill is a consummate professional auctioneer. But
that would be telling only part of the story. He started his
career right out of high school working for his father, assisting
in livestock and grain farming, as well as real estate and
personal property appraisals and sales. The business thrived. But
over time his love for the art of auctioneering pulled him from
the other business matters so that he could focus on his passion.
Since leaving the family business, Patrick has been affiliated
with antique auction galleries in three states. His experience
brought him into the fund raising sector of the auction
profession. Along the way, he has developed a growing list of
organizations that have relied on his expertise in fundraising
development including: American Cancer Society, March of Dimes,
Best Buddies International, Starlight Starbright Foundation,
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, American Red Cross,
Sidwell Friends, Bullis, NCRC, Durham, Gonzaga, Georgetown Prep,
Landon School just to name a few. Now, benefit auctions are the
mainstay of his professional career. In addition to the many
non-profit organizations and private schools that rely on his
expertise in the mid-Atlantic region, he is currently auctioneer
for the Potomack Company, an antiques and fine art auction gallery
in Old Town Alexandria. That is, when he is not growing organic
vegetables on the family farm where he grew up. You see, you
really cannot ever take the farm out of the boy.
"My mission is to provide superior auction
consultation and performance for my clients, while developing a
lasting professional relationship within the community."
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
March of Dimes
Best Buddies International
American Horticultural Society
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
Sidwell Friends School
National Child Resource
Connelly School of the
St. Martin's-in-the-Field School
James Renwick Alliance
Isaac Walton League
Habitat for Humanity
Harford Day School
and Civic Agencies United
Harford Community College
Little Falls Meeting of the Friends
Community Action Agency
Fallston Animal Rescue
Harford County Agricultural Marketing Cooperative
How do I know if hiring a professional auctioneer
like Patrick O'Neill is right for my organization?
Are you looking to increase the revenue stream
from the event? If so, Patrick O'Neill will help you reach that
goal by placing more emphasis on the live auction portion of the
What is the benefit of a live auction over a
In a live auction, you are able to encourage far
more competitive bidding from the audience than with a silent
auction. A live auction provides an interactive atmosphere that is
fun and entertaining, whereas a silent auction can often be
tedious for the attendees.
Besides the live auction, what role will the
The auctioneer also can serve as master of
ceremony for the entire event. That would include making any
necessary announcements, tracking the progress of the silent
auction and announcing the closings, keeping the event moving on
time, conducting raffle drawings, etc.
What kind of consultation service do you offer?
Organizing a fund raising event is a huge
undertaking and requires hundreds of hours of time and energy from
many people in the community. Patrick O'Neill centers his
consultation services on fine-tuning your existing event for
optimum results. This may include helping you to make changes
where you believe it is needed, as well as discussions of the live
auction order of sale, time line modifications, additional
staffing, elements of surprise, etc.
What kinds of "elements of surprise" can
be included in an auction?
"Elements of surprise" are methods of
raising attendee participation and revenues. They include Mini
Live; Sign-Ups; Heads or Tails; Secret Second; Fund-a-Need;
Bidding Frenzy; Best-of-Live and more. For more information on
these elements, request a free consultation online or by phone.
What type of auctions have you conducted?
My experience is comprehensive: fund raising
auctions; antiques and fine art auctions; absolute auctions;
online auctions; sealed bid auctions; industrial, commercial,
residential and unimproved land real estate auctions; business
liquidations; equipment and livestock auctions;
bankruptcy/foreclosure; delinquent tax sales; etc.
What is the most noteworthy auction you have
A career highlight was auctioning the estate of
Clark McAdams Clifford, counsel to Presidents Truman, Kennedy,
Johnson, and Carter. After conducting the appraisal for the estate
representatives, I lived at Clifford's home while preparing and
conducting an online sealed bid auction of the balance of his
possessions, which were not kept by the family or given to the
presidential libraries or the Library of Congress. The auction
grossed over $350,000.
What other support services are you able to provide
for the event?
Patrick S. ONeill can arrange for bid
spotters as well as full service auction event consulting at any
level through his network of professionals that have collaborated
with him over the years.
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