of our highlight at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach Auction was our
brief one on one interview with Amy Sparks-Assiter. If you are a classic car
Auction buff, you know Amy as the only woman auction assistant working the
block, or stage. Amy was gracious to give us some time to sit with us before
her busy day began. Amy is married to Spanky Assiter, one of the Auctioneers
at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction.
There is more to this cute,
powerhouse you see on TV. A Mother, Wife, with a highly successful
professional career which inspires other women to look towards their goals,
and pursue a dream. In the short time she has been involved in the
auction industry, not only has she an unofficial fan club, a true following
throughout MotorHeads all over, she has received acclaim and
recognition that others in the business have taken far longer to achieve.
In February of 1999, she won the Oklahoma State Auctioneers Association (OSAA)
Rookie Champion, and in February of 2000, won the Oklahoma State Reserve
Champion. She was the first female in the history of the association to
achieve either of these levels.
Below is a synopsis, not direct
quotes, of our conversation with Amy.
MHC: Amy, did you know
you had an unofficial fan club and following out there? We asked our readers
who they would want us to interview while we were at the auction and 80%
mentioned "The Girl with the great hair"! What do you think of that?
Amy: I don't know what to say. It's very cool, but I am just part of
a great team everyone works together, to make this work. All our Auctioneers
and Assistants work very hard. It must be because I am the only woman on the
MHC: We understand it takes a team, but our readers are interested in
you. Many people tune in to the auctions just to watch you work. It is a
very respectful following, they just think you look cool up there.
Amy: I'm overwhelmed.
MHC: Well, yes, we were kinda surprised the overwhelming request to
speak to you. How long have you been in the auction business?
Amy: I trained to be an auctioneer in 1999, so 6 years. I am a
independent contractor. I do more
Auctioneering back home in Texas, a few
time I have done some of the memorabilia at the Barrett Jackson Events.
MHC: Do you do other auctions beside cars?
Amy: Yes, Real Estate, Buffalos, many different things.
MHC: How long have you and Spanky been married
Amy: Just over a year, in February.
Amy: Oh yes, 3 daughters.
MHC: Do any of them aspire to be future Auctioneers?
Amy: Actually my youngest was at a charity event and sold one of her
Beanie Babies. She loved it.
MHC: So when you aren't working, what are your hobbies, interests?
Amy: Well, to be honest, writing. Poems, short essays, stories
things like that. Most of my time is being a Mom Taxi.
MHC: So will we see a Auction Expose' in the near future? We said
(laughs) well not so much an Expose, but I do keep a journal and may put
something together from that.
MHC: Do you have your own website?
Amy: No not yet, but we have one for our Auction company
Amy sang the National Anthem each morning before the Car auction began.
She had an amazing voice, watch out Celine!
MHC: How long have you been singing, your rendition of the National
Anthem was terrific.
Amy: Thank you, well actually in grade school, and some in college.
Gave it up for career, but have picked it up again.
MHC: Any life goals, plans?
Amy: Not really, stick with what I am doing, love being a mom. I love
my career and the people I work with. I enjoy being part of a team.
MHC: Well, let me let you
get back to work, I know you have a busy day out there!
made this interview short to respect the fact she was at work, We would love
to sit down with her again and talk to her further, she is an interesting
thanked Amy and did a few pictures and let her get back to her job. Amy
Sparks-Assiter is what we would call a real Sweetheart, in the most
respectful sense, a genuine nice person,
who is passionate about her career and life. Of the many interviews we have
done in the past with people in the Vehicle community, Amy is high on the
list of one of our favorites and for us a thrill to meet. If you ever get to
attend a Barrett-Jackson Auction, introduce yourself to Amy and let her know
you enjoy her work.