17-year-old Auctioneer Blazes A New Trail

March 28, 2010

Just when you start thinking that women have opened the doors and entered nearly all of the previously all-male fields, you discover someone like 17-year-old Rachel Gingell.   A high school student in Lapeer, Michigan, Rachel is already carving out a niche for herself as one of the few women auctioneers in the country.  She's also the youngest.  And she's in it for the money as well as the challenge. 

 How does a young woman not only enter such an unusual field but have her own thriving business while she's still in her teens?   For Rachel, it was her father, who is pictured with her here.   A professional auctioneer himself, JMr. Dan Gingell put his precocious 8-year-old on the stage and let her auction her first item.  Today, Rachel's a member of the National Auctioneers Association and her father often works for her at her She Sold It! auction business.  She specializes in benefit and estate auctions, but is also handling farm equipment auctions, which is where she cut her auctioneering teeth. 

I had a fascinating conversation with Rachel recently.  To hear this young leaders's auctioneer's chant and hear how her father has played an essential mentoring role click on the Evoca button below. 


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