A Professional Auctioneer In Every Sense Of The Word
American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company is a full-time and a full-service auction and appraisal company that specializes in converting your personal assets to cash within a short period of time through a competitive auction sale.
With nearly two decades of sole proprietorship in the sales, auction, marketing and event promotions industry, company president and certified real estate and personal property auctioneer and appraiser Kenny Lindsay, CAI delivers a wealth of experience and reputation to the skilled trade of professional auctioneers.
Lindsay graduated at the top of his class at the Continental School of Auctioneering in Mankato, Minnesota with three certifications as a professional auctioneer, real estate auction specialist and personal property appraisal. Lindsay regularly attends conferences, workshops and meetings to keep abreast of current information and developments in the rapidly advancing and changing auction field. Lindsay's commitment to continuing education in delivering the most up-to-date and advanced auction practices, keeps him intellectually sharp and highly competent in the auction industry.
Lindsay being interviewed by WJR's Dennis Neubacher. From left to right are collector Pete Mareska, former 1950s Detroit Tigers' pitcher Billy Hoeft (holding up his 1952 Topps baseball card), and veteran metro Detroit auctioneer Ken Lindsay with WJR host Dennis Neubacher.
Lindsay has written numerous educational articles on a variety of collecting subjects including investigative reports in the field of autographs, selling trends and has also conducted a one hour lecture and educational seminar on the topic of Collectible Investments.
Lindsay is a recognized expert in the auction industry. He is a monthly compensated columnist for the National Auctioneers Association's Auction World publication. Lindsay was also appointed to write a regular column for the Michigan State Auctioneers Association quarterly publication, The Gavel, along with many other auction-related publications.
Over the course of two decades, Lindsay has organized and promoted 20 successful major trade conventions in addition to exhibiting at approximately 250 sports memorabilia conventions throughout the Midwest since 1985. To add to his versatility in the antiques and collectibles industry, Lindsay has maintained a section at prestigious Knightsbridge Antiques in Northville, Michigan and Town & Country Antiques in Livonia, Michigan. As a professional auctioneer and appraiser, such hands-on experience gained from being directly involved in the business is critical to understanding antiques and collectibles, and how to promote and represent such items at auction.
In 1991, Lindsay's knowledge and leadership skills were recognized publicly when he was featured on an internationally broadcast television program hosted by Detroit's WJR reporter Dennis Neubacher. Lindsay has also been a guest on numerous nationally and locally syndicated radio programs.
With a combination of live, silent and internet auctions, Lindsay has conducted over 2,500 auctions and was nationally recognized in the December 2001 issue of eBay magazine.
Lindsay's auction team was requested to conduct the live auction for the prestigious MBGHA annual banquet in April of 2000 near Detroit, Michigan. After countless hours of a well structured marketing and auction plan, the MBGHA was overwhelmed to report the finest and most successful money making auction in the association's 16 year history! This is just one of the many accolades that Lindsay's company has accomplished.
In recent history, Lindsay has been internationally recognized with being awarded a highly acclaimed auctioneering package through the National Auctioneers Association in addition to receiving international media attention on a strategically advertised auction pertaining to celebrity memorabilia and has been interviewed and/or mentioned by both national and local media agencies including the Detroit News & Free Press, Chicago Sun Times, ESPN, Tampa Tribune, CNN and more.
Ken Lindsay selling a McCormick-Deering Farmall tractor at a Michigan public auction.
Lindsay's firm dominated the 2006 Michigan State Auctioneers Association marketing competition by winning awards in five different divisions including the highly prestigious Auction Of The Year Award.
In March 2008, Lindsay graduated from the highly esteemed CAI (Certified Auctioneers Institute) at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The CAI designation is the most advanced certification possible and is equivalent to a PhD in the auction industry. Auctioneers with the CAI designation are part of an extraordinary network of exemplary auctioneers in the auction profession. Only approximately 1,100 auctioneers worldwide have achieved this pinnacle designation since the institute was established in 1976.
On the national front, Ken Lindsay received the ultimate honor in being nominated to the Presidential Advisory Committee by National Auctioneers Association President William Sheridan.
In January 2006, Lindsay was appointed to the Michigan State Auctioneers Association newsletter and public relations committee and was later elected to serve on the Michigan State Auctioneers Association Board of Directors. Lindsay was named the Chairman of the Public Promotions Plan where he and his committee developed the largest promotions program in the association's history.
Lindsay's contributions to the following nonprofit fundraising auctions include: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rick Larimore Memorial, Michigan Big Game Hunters Association, DeLeon Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, Make-A-Difference (MAD), 4H, Betty Loher Leukemia Fundraiser, Northville Pre-School, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Shriner's Hospital of Michigan, Stepping Stone, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Walsh College, Stars Kids, Douglas Kruszewski Memorial, Let the Children Play, The Great Lakes Coca~Cola Collectors Club and several others.
Many auction companies do not offer a customized marketing plan. They limit themselves and their consignors to the traditional one size fits all auction format.
For the most part, their philosophy is you can't teach an old dog new tricks. They rely on their in-house mailing list and an advertisement in a specialized auction alert newspaper to attract bidders. This old school method of promoting an event is far from sophisticated and generally attracts the same professional and stale bidding community.
What sets American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company apart from other auction companies is our implementation and diversification through creative and effective marketing and advertising strategies. American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company are master specialists that bring experience with organizing a well-structured marketing plan customized toward the featured auction. We research and seek the ideal target market audience which reaches out to fresh bidders.
Kenny Lindsay with former Detroit Red Wings great, Sergei Fedorov with the Stanley Cup
To support our superior advertising and marketing talents, Lindsay's auction team dominated the Michigan State Auctioneers Association by winning a whopping five Advertising & Marketing Excellence first place awards at the 2006 annual convention in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Included in these awards was the prestigious Auction Of The Year.
We recognize the fact that superior communication skills are essential for any successful venture
You as our customer have specific needs, concerns and objectives. To meet this criteria, we understand the importance of effective listening skills and never miss a good chance to shut up. To further support this statement, we are active members of Toastmasters International which continues to assist us in mastering the trade of public speaking and leadership skills.
We pay close attention to our customers' concerns and provide suggestions that ultimately lead to the solution. Our goal is to turn your great problems into little inconveniences and those little inconveniences into none at all.
A professional auction is only as strong as the people that breathe life into it
American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company has an extensive network of talent and resources which ultimately maximizes the success and professionalism of your auction. You will be dealing one-on-one with your certified auctioneer and appraiser Kenny Lindsay who offers counsel in assisting you with making the difficult decisions of liquidating your estate or select items in a timely and dignified manner.
We provide state-of-the-art technology with all aspects of the auction process
This includes being fully computerized, allowing us to maximize our marketing campaign along with producing the finest and most prompt method of in-house cataloging and design. We efficiently utilize our internet capabilities by providing online catalog viewing and simulcast capabilities for specialized auctions.
At auction, you'll experience first-hand the unique blend of humor and enthusiasm that American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company brings
Regardless of the circumstances, auction day should be an entertaining, exciting and rewarding selling experience which ensures you and your items a theatrical victory!
Auctioneer Ken Lindsay proposes to his wife-to-be at the annual Michigan State Auctioneers Association St. Jude Charity Auction.
Just like any professional ring lady, she said, "yes!"
What Our Affiliations Mean
CAI is the Certified Auctioneers Institute which is the most esteemed and highest designation possible in the auction industry. The CAI status is equivalent to a PhD in the profession. Approximately 1,100 auctioneers worldwide have achieved this status. Founded in 1949, the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) is the world's largest professional association dedicated to professional auctioneers. The association is dedicated to providing its members with educational programming and resources to help them advance as professional auctioneers. The Michigan State Auctioneers Association is an association formed in 1951 by a group of aspiring auctioneers to represent the interests of auctioneers in the state of Michigan and has grown to be one of the pillars of the community of state auctioneers associations. The MSAA has proven in the past to be one of the leaders in the industry, and is proving to continue in that direction in the future. The National Auctioneers Association created the Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) professional designation to provide auctioneers with advanced training in planning and conducting successful benefit auctions, as well as techniques to establish a successful and profitable benefit auction business. The Professional Ringmen’s Institute is the only training institute in the nation totally dedicated to training and preparing individuals to serve the auction industry professionally and effectively as ringmen or bid assistants for their auction teams for any type of auction with any auctioneer.
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A professional auction is only as strong as the people that breathe life into it...
Winners of 36 State
"Excellence In Advertising & Marketing" Trophies Including The Prestigious
"Auction Of The Year" Award and the Garth Wilber Presidential Award of Distinction
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