Ryder Quiroga, Auction Spotter
Ryder Quiroga is the newest and youngest member of Team Stellar, but he’s been around fundraising auctions for much of his 14 years. He attended his first fundraising auction, the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, when he was one month old. It was difficult to tell if he liked it or not.
Ryder sold his first auction lot when he was only four years old. It was an afternoon school fair auction, and lot #42 was a child’s pedal car. The organizers asked if Ryder would be willing to ride the car across the stage when it was up for sale, and his response was, “Yes, but only if I get to say ‘sold!’”
Ryder began spotting at his father’s auctions when he was twelve years old and had an immediate impact on events. His first auction as a spotter was for the Oakland Museum of California, a 500-person gala held in a tent at the museum. On the very first lot, someone tried to bid as the auctioneer was closing the lot. Ryder confirmed that they still wanted to bid more and immediately asked the auctioneer to re-open the lot – which then sold for $5,000 above the initial sale price.
Since then, Ryder has worked on numerous events, large and small, including Save the Redwoods League, Charles Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic, International School of the Peninsula, St. Vincent De Paul of Marin, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
When he isn’t working an auction or attending school, Ryder’s hobbies include student government, boxing, and streetwear.