Charity Auctioneer Profile

Tom DiNardo – Charity Auctioneer

In 1993 Tom DiNardo founded DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers. Since its founding, DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers has achieved an outstanding reputation for fundraising innovation, record setting charity auction revenues (5 world records to his credit), and client satisfaction. DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers is currently ranked as one of the “Top 4 charity auction firms” in the nation.

Tom DiNardo has appeared as a featured celebrity auctioneer on TLC’s “Wrecks to Riches” television program. Mr. DiNardo has worked with luminaries such as the Tonight Show’s Jay Leno, baseball legend Yogi Berra, Tyler Florence, and Joe Piscopo. Tom is a regular contributor to WineSquire.com. He is a freelance writer for Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Santé and Wine Adventure magazines. Tom is a master appraiser registered with The Appraisal Foundation. He is credited as being the first auctioneer member to join the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and he is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE). Tom DiNardo’s biography has been included in Who’s Who in America – the nations’ best biographical resource on America’s most notable men and women.

Tom DiNardo has been referred to as “one of the nation’s preeminent charity auctioneers.” Prior to entering into his chosen craft of auctioneering and fundraising consulting, Tom had worked in the wine industry in both California and Washington. A true entrepreneur and veteran charity auctioneer, Mr. DiNardo now had a unique opportunity to marry both his passion for fundraising auctions and wine together in pioneering what is today one of the most exciting and newly emerging trends – charity wine auctions. Tom DiNardo is a sommelier diplomate with the International Sommelier Guild, and he is currently the only benefit auctioneer in the nation holding that credential. Tom is a featured contract auctioneer for Chicago based ERI wine auction gallery and a wine judge for many wine competitions. With a reverence for the grape, Tom continues his passionate pursuit today as a wine consultant and wine educator who teaches others about oenology and wine collecting. DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers welcomes the opportunity to serve your organization.

Our Commitment to Quality and Superior Service

Advice: Some unscrupulous benefit auctioneers may feel the need to inflate their experience or qualifications in misrepresenting their abilities. We recommend checking references and verifying these claims on the Internet.

We inform our fundraising clients that there are three types of charity auctioneers:

(1) The VOLUNTEER or HOBBYIST AUCTIONEER is most often unskilled, and a self taught community member or even an eager elected official, radio or television personality. Although this individual might be a terrific announcer or master of ceremonies for your fundraiser, they don’t often make adequate charity auctioneers! “Free” is not necessarily better! To make money, you must spend money.

(2) TRADITIONAL AUCTIONEERS are professionally trained in the craft, but more often than not they have little, if any, experience in benefit auctions, charity auctions or fundraising auctions. Unfortunately, this can and does impact the final outcome of your fundraiser and event. What may appear to be a significant difference in the fees charged by a traditional auctioneer versus those fees charged by a benefit auctioneer are easily accounted for in many more hours a benefit auctioneer will typically spend working with you and your nonprofit. A lesser experienced auctioneer can cost your charity ten to twenty times the difference in fees charged between the two auctioneers. Some auctioneers make you money and other auctioneers cost you money.

(3) The professional CHARITY AUCTIONEER, BENEFIT AUCTIONEER, or FUNDRAISING AUCTIONEER typically comes from an accredited auction school, or s/he has apprenticed with a recognized fundraising auctioneer or fundraising auction firm. They possess the requisite professional experience with years in the charity auction industry to insure your fund-raising event’s profitability. Now knowing these facts, which type of auctioneer would you choose for your fundraiser?

Our Guarantee and Promise:

DiNardo & Lord Auctioneer’s fundraising consultant staff is comprised of highly skilled charity auctioneers and event planners who come from the country’s best auction schools. Every one of our benefit auctioneers has apprenticed with a professional fundraising auction firm, perfecting their skills, and mastering their craft before they joined our firm.

Our commitment to you is held sacred in our promise that you will receive consistent professional fundraising consultant, event planning, and benefit auctioneer services for every one of your fundraisers and gala events. When it comes to your needs and that of your successful fundraiser, DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers provides our clients with the best live auction and fundraising consultant services available in the nation.

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