AVA PALMQUIST is a Bonny Slope parent to two sons, Evan and Alec, and is a brand strategist and writer working full time at a creative agency, occasionally giving industry talks. She also serves on the executive board of With Love, Oregon, a not-for-profit serving the needs of foster kids and families in the greater Portland area. When in relax mode, Ava can be found drinking wine with good friends, hosting classical music house concerts and being generally merry/facetious.
DAVID ESPINDA started in the auction business at the age of 21 and has been working in Seattle auction arena for over 20 years. After many years near the auction industry, David decided to advance his skills in the craft by attending Western College of Auctioneering in 1996. That same year he joined the Stokes Auction Group family. Since that time he has taken to the auction block each week in both commercial and charitable endeavors. Due to his innate understanding of auction pacing and timing he’s a winner with audiences. He reads his crowd and keeps them engaged throughout the auction. No one has a stronger sense of professionalism than David and he endeavors to make each event a priority, dedicating time to learn as much as possible about the cause.
His commitment to success ensures that his clients will maximize their fundraising capabilities appropriate to the audience’s financial capacity.Traveling around the country supporting charities in their efforts to raise money, David has gained popularity with many of our clients and has become a favorite at private schools, arts organizations, Rotary organizations, and many more.
David lives in Bonney Lake, Washington and devotes his off time to his family; spending time in outdoor activities such as skiing, camping, and surfing.