About

Fundraising Auctioneer Justin Swisher

Justin Swisher

Justin Swisher brings industry best practices and more than a decade behind the gavel to non-profit organizations across the country. His clients consistently exceed their goals through fun, exciting events and ask him back year after year. Justin is always honing his skills and looking for new ideas to improve the bidder experience, while helping to break fundraising records for worthy causes.  He is honored to be a part of this important work.

The Swisher Auctions team is comprised of carefully selected, highly-trained fundraising professionals. They are committed to learning from each event and from each other to make every night better than the last. Offering a full breadth of consulting services and careful guidance, from selecting a venue to item pickup, Swisher Auctions is dedicated to their partners’ success.  Since 2005, the team has helped to raise more than $75,000,000 for a wide range of charitable endeavors.

Associate Auctioneers
Brian Pontius

Brian Pontius

Brian Pontius

A lifelong Virginian, Brian grew up around his uncle’s auction business assisting in many capacities. In 2009, he made the formal leap from the corporate world and became a licensed auctioneer after attending the Bernie Pleasants School of Auctioneering. Brian loves all aspects of the auction world and seeks to satisfy each client with excellent results. He conducts multiple auctions weekly for various estates and charities throughout central Virginia. Brian’s electric personality and his ability to connect with an organization and their supporters has helped him raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of nonprofits.

Brian is also a licensed real estate agent and property manager. He received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia. Brian resides in Richmond, VA and has been a part of the Swisher Auctions team for four years.

Associate Auctioneers
Ben Svonavec

Ben

Ben Svonavec

Ben Svonavec is a professional auctioneer whose charismatic and melodic chant has wowed audiences over the last ten years. Ben is a 2010 graduate of the Worldwide College of Auctioneering. Upon returning from auction school, Ben quickly developed a name for himself among his fellow auctioneers.

In August 2013, Ben won the coveted title of Virginia State Champion Auctioneer. He served as an ambassador for the Virginia Auctioneers Association throughout the state and the Mid-Atlantic. In 2020 Ben was honored to be named the Pennsylvania State Champion Auctioneer, at the 72nd Annual Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Convention. Svonavec brings a dynamic flavor to any auction environment. Ben engages fundraising audiences around Pennsylvania and Virginia in addition to serving as a luxury real estate and automobile auctioneer for Manheim Auto Auction. It is evident, he simply loves what he does! He resides in Somerset PA and has been a part of the Swisher Auctions team for six years.

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