Victoria Pineda is a native Texan who was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX where she completed both of her degrees–a bachelor’s in 2000 and a master’s in 2004. Victoria still remains actively involved with St. Edward’s and in December 2009, she was asked to give the commencement address at her alma mater. Victoria enjoys serving as charity auctioneer across the U.S., from California and Arizona to Texas and Massachusetts (and the 10 states in between); she says it is what she was born to do. Victoria has conducted more than 580 charity auctions in last fifteen years and has raised over $45M for various non-profits. The job brings her great joy and she says, “I realize that there are groups that need me to come in and make a difference for them and the clients they serve and I am happy to do so.” With a wide variety of clients, Victoria has served as auctioneer everywhere from a convention center filled with 4,500 people to a room of 45 in a celebrity’s living room. “There are so many interesting aspects to my job but the best part is that I am getting an opportunity to teach people how to give, one ballroom at a time!