About me? What about me?
The truth is, I would much rather if this page were about you.
The first few friends and colleagues who reviewed this site for me were quick to ask,
"where's the section about Amelia? You need to tell them who you are!"
Though I love few things more than to have a mic in one hand and gavel in the other, mostly, I don't love for the spotlight to be pointed in my direction. But you probably navigated to this page looking for some background, and you deserve to know with whom you are doing business. I am a licensed auctioneer, a USPAP-compliant appraiser, a licensed Realtor, and a magazine publisher - which sounds like a lot but is all basically in the same luxury lifestyle services world. Old, unusual, and beautiful things are my passion; communicating and connecting with people is my gift; and identifying creative solutions drives me. My career sales are over $100M in art, antiques, and bespoke collectibles and over $50M in real estate. I really like my work, and I really like doing it well.
But, like you, "my who" is a lot more than "my do."
So here it goes...
I was born and raised outside of Clarksburg, WV, to just about every stereotype you have heard about Appalachia. That background gave me grit, a strong work ethic, and a profound appreciation for things many folks take for granted.
More than 20 years as the co-owner of a nationally recognized auction and appraisal firm helped me identify a passion for our shared history through material culture and the people who steward old and beautiful things. Growing the company in a tumultuous market developed my competitive spirit and a knack for breaking through the noise of a crowded marketplace to garner as much attention as possible for the people and things I represent.
Opportunities like earning my auctioneer and Realtor licenses in the same 6 month period and launching the sixth market for Sophisticated Living magazine as Editor-in-Chief have helped me to believe in myself and the village of co-workers, clients, family, and friends who have supported me through thick and thin.
Becoming a mom to 4 amazing kids and three ornery poodles has taught me humility, patience, joy, and a reverence for God and the miracle of life I had never known.
Recently, a friend told me about a book called "The Four Agreements" written by Don Miguel Ruiz. I guess the most important thing for you to know about me is that I strive to live by these agreements every day:
Be impeccable with your word.
Don't take anything personally.
Don't make assumptions.
Always do your best.
what my clients have to say:
"I've worked with a great
many auction companies...
Amelia is smart, thorough, innovative, & absolutely committed to seeing that
excellence never gets
sacrificed for expedience.
That vision of "doing it right"
is echoed in the attitudes of everyone
who works for her.
Can't recommend her highly enough."