Auction Time Bid Board began in April of 2005 as Blums Auction. We began in a small section of the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville with less than 1,000 items for our first Bid Board. We moved around the mall a few times before it was demolished, and eventually ended up where we are now. Our current Bid Boards see 10,000 items come and go each month with over 18,000 registered Bidders and Consignors.
So who made Auction Time Bid Board what it is today?
Owner and President, Carolyn Fry has built Auction Time Bid Board from the ground up along with the help of family and friends. She started with S&Y as a summer job the day after graduating from Blue Mountain High School on June 13, 1991. She has stayed with the company up to the present day, working her way up in the company, including from 1995 to 2005 when she managed all purchasing and inventory, as well as providing customer service and sales to over 200 customers daily. In 2004, Carolyn agreed to run an auction house with an agreement to purchase the company in the future from Irvin Yeich. On January 5, 2005, Carolyn and Irvin walked into their new business venture: Blums Auction. The name of the corporation was changed to S&Y Asset Management Incorporated, though we continued to use Blums Auction as a fictitious name.
Vice President Anna Leymeister has been an important member of the team since the start. She joined our team in 2005 as a part-time employee and gradually became full-time. A 1988 graduate of Blue Mountain High School, and a 1990 graduate of National Education Center, Allentown Business School Campus (Now Lehigh Valley College) with an Associate in Specialized Business Degree with an Option in Accounting, she oversees day to day operations in our store. Her work experience, along with her abilities to work well under pressure, deal with the public and other team members in a friendly and professional manner, ability to meet deadlines, and organizational skills, make her a valuable asset to our team.
Thomas Hendricks has also been part of our team since 2004. While in high school and college he worked the weekly live auctions as a runner and a clerk. He joined our team full-time in 2009, helping pack and transport estates, and with the set-up of each auction. After graduating from Penn State in 2006, he enrolled in Harrisburg Area Community College in 2010 to attain his auctioneers license. He is an integral part of our team and his duties now include not only auctioning, but acquiring our estate business, managing the set-up of our auction, and he also specializes in customer service.