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Meet Devon Chin of Bid Dawg Auctions in Stockbridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devon Chin.

Devon, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey as an Auctioneer began when I stopped at an Auto Auction in Loganville to network with Car Dealers. At the time I was a Mechanic and also doing automotive interior repairs. I thought to myself “driving cars through the Auction will be a cool gig and easy money” so I asked if they were hiring. The owner said yeah, you’re hired as our next Lane Clerk. I had no idea that the Lane Clerk was the person beside the Auctioneer who provided notes on every car a d tracked bids.

A month later I was struggling to keep up with the Auctioneer and was close to quitting. A week later I met another Auctioneer named Nick Collins who told me “you got a great personality” and that I should try it out. I was like “no way”. I can’t do that. He said, “I’ll teach ya”. I said ok why not. So that Summer I cancelled my trip to Costa Rica and attended The North Georgia School of Auctioneering and became a licensed Auctioneer.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a first-generation Auctioneer has had its obstacles. In the Auto Auction industry, most Auctioneers are brought in through family before them or have connections with well-known Auctioneers that’s been in the game a long while. For Benefit Auctions, you got to network a lot and build good relationships with your clients through engagement and a good performance on event night. The saying in the Auction World is “you’re only as good as your last sale”. As a newcomer to the industry, I treat every event or sale as if my career depended on it.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
My company started in 2016, shortly after getting my Auctioneer License in 2015. I sell cars and items through Auction services for dealers. Also specialize in fundraising for Non-Profits, Schools, Churches and many other Organizations in our great City. I’m known as the rarely seen African American Auctioneer, who provides high energy and engagement with the audience at every event or sale.

I’m mostly proud of when I exceed an Organization’s fundraising goal and know that they have the funds needed to continue their good works. How I set my company apart from others is the entertainment I use when I perform and still maintaining the focus of the funding mission. Whether it’s at an Auto Auction or Benefit Auction, many remember who I am through the experience and professionalism they receive from my services.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like my city is a great place for a business like mine. Atlanta would definitely be a great place to grow for someone who’s just starting out. We have a lot of very successful philanthropic people in our city who show up and show out to support good causes.

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LeiMarie Photography
Myers Jackson Photography

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