Mark Narke caught the auctioneering bug when he was young.
“I just always wanted to do it,” he said. “I’ve always been intrigued by it.”
About 10 years ago, he had seriously considered going to school to get his auctioneering certificate and found the Missouri Auction School in Grandview Mo., one of the most esteemed auctioneering schools in the country.
At the time, however, Narke had four little children running around, so he had to put the dream on the back burner.
For the following decade, he worked in the wholesale distribution business and had his real estate license.
However, in April, he got his chance to live out his dream when he began the 70-hour certification process at the Missouri Auction School.
Along with 102 other people from all over the country, Narke learned the art of auctioneering and started his own business, Mark Andrews Auctions.
Some of the best auctioneers are theatrical to keep the crowd engaged, he said.
When having normal conversations, people pause and finish thoughts. In auctioneering, it isn’t about talking faster, it’s about keeping the banter flowing as long as possible, almost like a chant.
“It’s like learning a language,” Narke said.
Narke is a general auctioneer, meaning he can sell anything from cars and houses to antiques and livestock.
But he’s decided to make his focus charity auctions.
Something that makes his company unique is that Narke isn’t going to provide just auctioneering services. He is also going to act as a consultant during the entire auction process.
“I pretty much want to be involved from the planning, the day of, to make sure everything runs without a hitch, and the conclusion,” he said. “I want to know that, from start to finish, we did everything we possibly could to raise as much money for the charity that I’m working for that day.”
With only a couple of auctioneers in this area, the need for his company is high, he said. Also, with his company being mobile, he will be able to go anywhere to conduct his services.