Contact: Bryan Scribner
National Auctioneers Association
Hall of Fame inductee valued education, but friends and
family most of all
Overland Park, Kan., Aug. 22, 2012 - Friends and family say
her willingness to volunteer perfectly captures Pat
Massart's dedication to the Certified Auctioneers Institute
and the auction industry. In honor of her unwavering
commitment, Massart, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008,
was recently inducted into the National Auctioneers
Association Hall of Fame.
Pat Massart graduated from the World Wide College of
Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and she joined her
husband in the auction business. In 1974, Pat and Bob
founded Massart Auctioneers Inc., converting an old dairy
building into an auction house, where weekly Thursday
auctions continue today.
In 1988, Massart earned her CAI designation and began
devoting countless hours to education efforts, serving two
consecutive three-year terms on the Auction Marketing
Institute Board of Governors. During her tenure, she read
and evaluated thousands of pages of auction summary
reports. The CAI later honored Massart by starting an award
in her name, the Pat Massart Award, which is given each
year to the CAI II student with the best auction
In February 2007, Massart received a diagnosis of Stage 4
pancreatic cancer. When the family discovered their
insurance did not cover chemotherapy, Auctioneers around
the country rallied around the family, helping to organize
a benefit in May 2007 that raised nearly $100,000.
Even after her diagnosis, Massart continued to attend CAI
and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
At the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Massart's son,
Damien Massart, CAI, BAS, GPPA, sold a baseball autographed
by his mother for $4,200, which is being donated to St.
Jude. Since 1997, the Massart family has helped raise
nearly $100,000 for the children's hospital.
Steve Schofield, CAI, BAS, recalled Pat Massart, a
well-known lover of ice cream, addressing the crowd of
1,200 that gathered at her May 2007 benefit. "When eating
ice cream, savor the flavor," Massart told friends and
family, "but savor and remember those you are sharing the
ice cream with even more."
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About the National Auctioneers Association
The National Auctioneers Association represents thousands
of Auctioneers from the U.S. and across the world. The
mission of the NAA is to promote the auction method of
marketing and enhance the professionalism of its members
through education and technology. Its headquarters are in
Overland Park, Kan., and it was founded in 1949. To learn
more about auctions or to find an auction or Auctioneer,
please visit www.naaauction.com.