Certified Benefit Auction Specialist


Professional Fundraising Auctioneer


Erin Ward, CAI, BAS, is a third generation auctioneer from New York. She has been in the auction business her entire life with both her mother, Jill Doherty, 2002 International Auctioneer Champion, and grandfather, Col. Jack Doherty.


Erin was one of the first in the receive the Benefit Auction Specialist designation by the National Auctioneers Association. 40 hours of expert education in fundraising auctions and countless dollars and hundreds of auction sets Erin apart from the ordinary auctioneer. In 2010, Erin competed for the first time in the International Auctioneers Competition. Standing amongst the best in the world, she placed 7th, and she looks forward to next year’s competition. Erin is a recent graduate of CAI, (Certified Auctioneers Institute), the most highly respected education designation in the auction industry, and less than 5% of auctioneers nationwide have achieved CAI status.


Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies with a focus in Art History from SUNY Purchase, New York. She took advantage of her time in college to study abroad in Spain, Italy, and China.


Erin is a diversely trained auctioneer, but specializes solely on fundraising. She is considered one of the top fundraising auctioneers in the world working with movie stars, politicians and A-list celebrities to maximize FUN and FUNraising. She excels at communicating with people of all cultures and has taken the time to study the most effective ways to help organizations raise money. This includes helping event guests feel confident and excited about donating. “My goal is to make everyone leaving the fundraiser feel like a STAR!” shares Erin “It’s all about the organization and the guests giving experience.”

“On behalf of Homeless Solutions, I want to take a moment to applaud you and your team for the amazing job you did at our recent Dream Builders’ Bash. It started with your pre-event consulting on our timeline and live auction items. Your suggestions were great and helped in making the night run smoothly. Your enthusiasm and control of the audience during our appeal was impressive. The Live Appeal results were just stunning. We were so impressed with how well you integrated the amazing success story of our shelter guest and the inspiration of our honoree into a seamless fundraising appeal. It was our best one yet. Watching you raise $78,750 in minutes was just remarkable. You and your team helped us to raise a total of $95,150 for our cause! We received many positive emails about the event. It’s been described as our “Best Bash” ever. Live auctions and appeals can be awkward but you and your team did a great job in entertaining and engaging our attendees while motivating them to give. We can’t thank you enough for helping to make our night an overwhelming success. We look forward to working with you again next year.
—Wendi Zimmerman, Event Manager, Homeless Solutions, 2016