How the NAA Shaped my Life
My late Father, David Rose, started as a traditional real estate broker when I was born and had one of the largest C-21 franchises in the country in the 1980’s. He sold the franchise and mentored under some of the top auctioneers in the country to develop Rose Auction and Realty. A huge thanks to those who left a legacy and helped develop Rose Auction and Realty. Marty Higgenbotham, Hugh Miller, Brent Semple, Walt Driggers, Merle Booker and the late Keith Bradley. My father educated the general public in Toledo, Ohio to utilize auctions as a first choice and put the company on the map.
I have three sisters in the auction business, Pamela, Dawn and Karen Rose. My dad set us up to be the ultimate sales women by making us all competitors. He was the ultimate sales person and I always remembered him saying, “Treat every appointment as if your sister is sitting in the driveway and you will get every deal.” This has made all four girls leaders in our marketplace and we still live by this philosophy. We compete to be at the top of our game.
Unfortunately, my father’s life was cut short at the age of 55. He was diagnosed with non hodgkin’s lymphoma and passed within 6 weeks of being diagnosed. He was told to get his affairs in order when he was supposed to complete his 3rd year at CAI. His CAI class had a phone brought in to the classroom and was able to speak to the amazing CAI class of 1998 and say his goodbyes. His class was instrumental in giving him his designation as an honorary designee. The relationships he made in this class have helped carry on his legacy.
At 33 years old, I lost my father due to his illness and our family has continued the legacy my father started. We never planned for this to happen at such a young age. Because of the NAA, we were able to sustain our growth and build on this legacy. I remember my dad always telling us that knowledge is power and it doesn’t matter how long you are in the business, we need to evolve constantly and to invest in yourself and always attend education classes. And the NAA has provided us with all the vital tools, training, and mentorship we’ve needed to thrive as women in the auction industry.
I have one daughter, Sara Rose-Bynar, who lives in Naples, FL and is the managing partner of Beth Rose Real Estate and Auctions. Sara and I have a special bond since raising her as a single mother. At a very young age, Sara knew the real estate and auction business from traveling with me on appointments and auctions. My daughter has made her voice and the business her own. She is an amazing businesswoman and I couldn’t be more proud to share the stage with her everyday. It’s the most rewarding experience any parent could ever imagine.
As I reach the next stage of my career, I know now, more than ever, that I’m ready to continue to serve. My willingness to give back to the NAA grows deeper the more time I spend engaged with our membership. My commitment to the National Auctioneers Association is for life. I owe my success to my auction family and owe them more than I could ever give over a lifetime in shaping the auction professional I have become. I stand today ready to make that commitment to work hard, challenge the status quo, and give my all to better an association I truly love.