SOURCE: J. P. King Auction Company

J. P. King Auction Company

July 05, 2011 14:15 ET

National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Names New President

Christie King Ray Will Serve as the First Female President in NAA History

GADSDEN, AL--(Marketwire - Jul 5, 2011) - Christie King Ray has made a career out of breaking barriers in the auction industry, from her earliest years in a fourth-generation family business, to starting her own company. On July 14, she'll reach her most prominent achievement yet as she assumes the role of president of the National Auctioneers Association.

At its 62nd convention in Orlando, Fla., King will be one of the 10 percent of women affiliated with the NAA, and she will be the first female -- as well as the first from the state of Alabama -- to take on the executive role. She has been involved with the NAA since 1992 and has served the past two years as vice president.

Being "the first female" to reach accomplishments in the auction industry is nothing new to King, though. She began working with J. P. King Auction Company, the nation's premier real estate auction firm, in her 20s, and through the company, became involved in other auctioneer boards. She was the first female and the youngest individual to serve on the Governor-appointed Alabama State Board of Auctioneers, and in 2007, she was the first female inducted into the Alabama Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.

King has also served as president of the Alabama Auctioneer Association and was only the second female to become the Grand Champion Auctioneer in Alabama.

"I initially got involved with the NAA to learn from other auctioneers when I was new to the business," King said. "Then, as I gained more experience in the auction business and was more involved in the NAA, I realized that I had something to contribute now, and I wanted to give back."

Giving back is also nothing new to King. While she still serves as a board member and a principal with J. P. King Auction Company, she left her full-time position there in 2007 to work with non-profit benefit auctions. Because of her dedication to fundraising for these organizations, King founded C King Benefit Auctions, a business committed to assisting non-profit organizations and private schools with their fundraising needs. She consults organizations on how to raise the most money at their auction and guides them to implement additional revenue beyond the auction, teaching them how to make every minute a money-making minute.

"Even though J. P. King works with high-end real estate, we would often have non-profit organizations contact us inquiring about their events," King said. "I began taking on some of those inquiries in the mid-1990s, and a few years ago, I really felt that draw toward concentrating on these organizations."

"I'm delighted to have a principal of J. P. King serve as an NAA officer," said Craig King, president and CEO of J. P. King, who is also King's brother. "Our dad ran J. P. King before us, and he was always hopeful that his kids would follow in his footsteps. All four of us have, and I know the leadership role Christie has taken in the NAA makes him proud."

King will serve as president for one year, a term which follows two years as vice president and three years on the NAA's Board of Directors.

"Although Christie is the first woman to serve as president of the NAA, I don't believe her gender has been a factor in the minds of those who voted for her," Hannes Combest, CEO of the NAA, said. "They voted for her because she can lead the NAA into the future."

First woman or not, King is prepared for the challenges ahead as she accepts a new role and, again, breaks barriers, embraces change and sets an example for the auction industry. The next year is just a continuation of the career she's led for the past 20.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Caley King Newberry
    Communications Manager
    J. P. King Auction Co.
    Phone: 256.295.3629