Jay Fiske is the founder of Northwest Benefit Auctions, Inc., and co-founder and CEO of MaestroSoft, Inc., the creators of AuctionMaestro Pro and GolfMaestro Pro software, MaestroWeb, Text2Bid and Text2Fund. MaestroSoft software is designed for managing benefit auctions and golf tournaments, and using current technology to raise more money for great causes. For several years, he was the co-host of a weekly radio talk show, “Tee it Up – Golf is Good Business!” which aired on Seattle, WA radio stations KTTH, 770 AM and KNWX 1210 AM, and other affiliate stations around the Northwest.
As a specialist in benefit auctions for over 26 years, Jay has provided auction consulting and auctioning services for organizations from A to Z. As one of the premier benefit auction consultants in the country, Jay is regularly called upon to train both national organizations and local auction committees in the techniques which increase auction yields while maintaining the fun-filled environment required for a successful benefit auction.
Jay recognizes the importance of entertaining the audience. He quite literally makes them “the show” using situational humor and his unique style which keeps the audience engaged and having fun. An audience that is “tuned in” is more likely to participate in the bidding process, and that is why he works so hard at keeping his auctions fast moving, humorous, and spirited. Often his audiences are surprised at how fast the evening has gone by. Further, his unique bid delivery is easy to follow, which the experienced auction attendee appreciates, and keeps the novice auction attendee engaged.
In addition to providing auctioning services, Jay spends a good portion of his time working with auction committees as an auction consultant. By providing ideas on procurement, audience development, decorating, lighting, sound, stage layout, silent and live auction display, and cashiering, he is able to assure the success of the event for his clients. His clients routinely earn more money from their auctions than they had planned due to the added efficiency gained from implementing Jay's techniques. In demand as a frequent guest speaker, Jay also has developed and delivers a full day Auction Workshop for groups around the country. He is the author of The Benefit Auction Resource Book, and co-author of The Big Book of Benefit Auctions (John Wiley & Sons, Pub) which is available wherever books are sold. He is a regular guest speaker at numerous non-profit conventions and symposiums.
Numerous references and video links of his work are available on request. His territory extends to all 50 states and several foreign countries.