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Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS

Christie King, CAI, AARE, BAS


651.318.0115 ext. 700

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 almost 30 years. Christie served on several boards of both local and national charities throughout her years with J. P. King. When she decided her passion was working with nonprofits, she made benefit auctions the vehicle for that work. Since then, she has raised millions of dollars for women, children, medical foundations and animals all over the country.

After establishing C King Benefit Auctions, Christie earned her Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation through the National Auctioneers Association. During her auction career, she has been president of the Alabama Auctioneers 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 in its 62 year history and serves on the board as the 2014 Presidential Appointee and  several educational committees. 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 a member of the Alabama, Minnesota and Georgia Auctioneer’s Associations.

She and her husband, Mike, share their home with two loving rescue dogs.

Designations Explained

BAS (Benefit Auctioneer Specialist ) - The National Auctioneers Association (NAA) created this designation to provide Auctioneers with advanced training in planning and conducting successful benefit auctions. Students are taught the fundraising components of benefit auctions, item acquisition, audience development, revenue generating activities and items, marketing and public relations. 

CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) - Established in 1975 by the NAA, the Certified Auctioneers Institute, commonly referred to as CAI, focuses on developing skills required to operate a successful auction firm business. This designation is completed over a three-year period, one week at a time, covering topics like marketing and advertising, business ethics, legal financial and accounting principles, auction technology, promotional strategies, and negotiating skills.

AARE (Accredited Auctioneer Real Estate) - This NAA designation was created to provide Auctioneers with advanced training in the selling of real estate at auctiion.