Award-winning African American Auctioneer Raises Millions for Corporations, Estates and Non-Profits

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Rowlan Hill possesses 20 years experience, and is the only African American in North America to hold championship auctioneering status. Hill is equally adept at auctioning fine art at black-tie affairs as he is selling horses in jeans and sweatshirt, though his first love is emceeing and selling at celebrity fundraising benefits and high-profile charity affairs.

Rowlan Hill, a 20-year veteran of the auction business, makes his living as a professional auctioneer. He auctions antiques and collectibles, autos, fine art, light and heavy equipment, livestock, and real estate for private estates, public charities and corporations. Fluently bi-lingual, the comical and high-energy auctioneering professional has conducted overwhelmingly successful live auctions in English and Spanish throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. His melodic delivery brings millions of dollars in sales revenue and commissions to many of his clients for their personal and real property, and auction companies. Unique in his field, Hill is among a minuscule number of black auctioneers in the white-dominated profession. He possesses 20 years experience, and is the only African American in North America to hold champion auctioneer status.

One of North America's most sought-after auctioneering professionals, Hill is known industry-wide for his smooth and rhythmic chat that reminds one of a crooner’s ballad. His alluring selling style is amazingly effective at attaining bids well above expected levels. Many auction attendees have been compelled to make winning bids before realizing what has happened.

When asked about the value of the products he has sold through auction, Hill replied, "I've been doing this for 20 years. I estimate I've sold more than $2 billion in personal and real property in that time." The award-winning auctioneer has demonstrated many times over that he possesses the skill, personality and charm that greatly enhance his clients' auction experiences, as well as their commissions. "Rowlan is not only one of the best sounding auctioneers in his field," said Kevin Krag, owner of King County Auction in Seattle, WA. "He is one of the best when it comes to working a crowd."

Hill is equally adept at auctioning fine art at black-tie affairs as he is selling horses in jeans and sweatshirt; though his first love is emceeing and selling at celebrity fundraising benefits and high-profile charity affairs.

Auctioning is one of the oldest forms of marketing, and according to the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), an auction can maximize sales revenue above any other method of property selling.

A Bit of Auction History

The history of auctions extends back to 500 B.C. when Herodotus used auctions to sell women under the condition that they be married following purchase. Reports indicate that less attractive women were sold with monetary compensation given to the bidder.

The Roman Empire auction mechanism was used by soldiers to sell goods acquired "under the spear." Probably the most bizarre account of early auctions concerns the year 193 A.D. when the entire Roman Empire was put on the auction block after being sacked.

The earliest modern era records of auctions appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1595. The London Gazette often reported the auctioning of artwork at coffeehouses and taverns throughout London in the late 17th century. In the early 18th century, the great auction houses were established; Sotheby's in 1744 and Christie's in 1766.

Early accounts of the use of auctions in America occurred in the South when slaves were often sold at auction. (Excerpted from "Auctions and Auctioneering" by Ralph Cassidy, Jr., University of California Press, 1967)

ABOUT THE AUCTIONEER:

Rowlan Hill is a 20-year veteran champion auctioneer. Fluent in Spanish, Hill has mastered auctions in Canada and Mexico, and maintains expert auctioneer status throughout the United States. Hill is winner of the International Livestock Championship (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and is 2005 Pacific Open Auctioneer Pro Division Champion (San Diego, CA).

Hill maintains active affiliations with the following professional organizations: American Bureau of Auction Marketing Exchange (ABAMEX), Arizona State Auctioneers Association, BidSpotter.com, California State Auctioneers Association, Industrial Auctioneers Association, National Auctioneers Association, Ratcliff Auctioneers, Inc., and Tri-state Auction Systems.

The Bakersfield, CA native earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Arts from Northern Arizona University. Rowlan Hill currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.

Rowlan Hill, Auctioneer

602.758.0865

http://www.rowlanhill.com

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