My family was hit by a drunk driver when I was nine years old and it changed my life forever. For the next 17 years, my mom (Gena) lived bed-ridden in chronic pain following that car accident. She fought multiple health complications including colon cancer and a very rare abdomen cancer. Additionally, the medical bills compounded over the years and in combination with the 2008 financial crisis our family went as far as being homeless. In 2017, my mom passed away but she used to tell me everyday how proud she was of me and how much she loved me. Her positive spirit shines bright through my passion for life and my work.
I’ve always desired to do work that was meaningful to me because most of my life I was a caregiver for my disabled mom. However, I never intended to be a benefit auctioneer. I began speaking with youth and adults seven years ago. Since, I’ve spoken with over 100,000 students and professionals about leadership at Harvard, Georgetown and Oracle Headquarters to name a few.
I present a school culture program called Breaking Down the Walls in middle and high schools across US and Canada. I also facilitate leadership workshops for teenagers at the National Student Leadership Conference. In 2015, I was asked to conduct an auction for a nonprofit and the rest is history! I now own FSA Auctions, auctioneer full-time and love every minute of it! I’m passionate about doing meaningful work that makes a positive impact.