About Us

Providing innovated techniques for your next auction.

“Last night was amazing!  You are without a doubt THE BEST.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Lynda Weeks, Executive Director
Susan G. Komen Louisville, Kentucky
2014 Pink Tie Ball

Our Story is unique.

Bill Menish is a 15 time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, turned auctioneer.  “I was training for this for more than 20 years.  I just had no idea what it was I was training for until I became an auctioneer.  Everything I learned about being in front of the camera, and about how to tell emotional, inspirational stories prepared me to represent my current clients on stage, to tell their amazing stories and inspire guest to donate so much more than they planned to when they arrived,” said Bill Menish.

Bill and his team bring new and innovative fundraising ideas to their clients.  Their consulting, their tried and true strategies for success and their performance at your event are what set them apart from the competition.  “I love it when new, prospective clients say, hey, you’re not an auctioneer, you’re a fundraising specialist.  You are a fundraising expert.   And I say, you’re right. That’s what makes us different from other auctioneers.”  Bill and his team don’t show up at your event, read the items, sell them and then  leave, we work with you the whole year, or as much of it as you need, consulting, instructing and inspiring you and your team so come gala night, you are ready to execute your most successful event ever.

“You absolutely Knocked it out of the park.  We were so delighted with you, and yes, our paddle raise was *insanely* more successful- from $30,000 last year to over $100,000 this year….  Thank you for being such a great counselor ahead of time, and for bringing such wonderful energy to our event.”  Kirsten Mallik, John Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

We are passionate about your success.  We are driven to help you succeeed.  Our number one goal is to exceed your expectations and we do it every single time.

Other amazing successes include:

  •    $5.5 Million raised at the 25th Anniversary Dream Gala for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Seattle
  •    $2.1 Million raised at the Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, FL
  •    7 American Heart Ball fundraising record setters in a row!

Who We Are

553765_4901554657266_32662752_nBill Menish

Bill Menish is a 15 time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist and considered among the best Benefit Auctioneers in the Nation.  From raising $5.5 Million for JDRF Seattle, to $3.2 Million for Sanford Burnham in San Diego to raising $1.3 Million for the Dick Vitale Gala in Sarasota, Florida, Bill excels in both high profile and intimate gala fundraisers.

Bill is a Graduate of Ball State University and The Worldwide College of Auctioneering and The Certified Auction Institute at Indiana University.  Bill was the 67th person in the world to receive the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation through the National Auctioneers Association.  Bill is also the owner of SVN Menish Auctions where he oversees the sales of millions of dollars of commercial and residential real estate.  As a real estate auction expert, Bill also holds the Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate Designation.

 

 

"Kevin Harned was the event emcee as well as the auctioneer. "

Kevin Harned

Kevin is the newest member of the Menish Auction Group.  Over the years he has raised millions of dollars for charity through his “weird hobby” of auctioneering.  Kevin is a graduate of Purdue University where he was recognized for his outstanding service to students.  As an Emmy Award Winning meteorologist he has worked tirelessly to keep families safe in the worst of weather. Luckily, most days are calm and his witty banter on TV, radio and social media has allowed him to also have a lot of fun.  A self-described people person, Kevin never meets a stranger and is always excited to learn more about everyone he meets.  His interest in auctions started as a young boy when he would wake up early, get dressed up and work the auctions with his father every Saturday morning.  Kevin looks forward to combining his passion for people, knowledge of entertainment and joy of auctioneering to benefit your needs.  He’s excited to work his apprenticeship under the direction of Bill Menish and The Menish Auction Group.

 

Mark Bisch

Mark Bisch

Mark is a graduate of The Reppert School of Auctioneering, which was established in 1921 where he earned a Reppert Diploma, the sign of excellence in the field of auctioneering. He has earned his Benefit Auctioneer Specialist and Auction Marketing Management designations through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Mark is an active member in the auction industry, serving as the Treasurer for the Indiana Auctioneers Association (IAA) and the Indiana ambassador for the NAA. Mark has a passion for benefit auctions and strives to satisfy each client with excellent results. His personality and ability to connect with an organization and their supporters has helped him raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of nonprofits. Mark is passionate about staying current with trends in the field of auctioneering and regularly attends training sessions offered by the NAA and IAA. Mark heads up the Menish Auction Group Indianapolis office.

 

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