Christopher Spencer, KindleCause Founder

Christopher Spencer is too creative for clichés, and no doubt too modest to describe himself as a “self-made man.” But no cliché has ever been more true.

In 1986, at age 17, he had earned enough in corporate sales to buy his first house. And although he had saved enough for the down-payment, his mother had to co-sign for him--he was still a minor.

At 18 he incorporated his first company and launched his entrepreneurial career in direct marketing. By 1991 he was operating a national office supplies company with 65 employees and over $3,000,000 in annual sales. “I was just a kid with a few bucks in my pocket,” says Spencer, “and a dream.”

At 20 Spencer was volunteering for his local police booster group in Los Angeles, and a year later was Vice President of the organization. Acting as fundraising manager he produced events to raise much-needed donations, such as "Comedians Against Crime," put together without a budget and an all volunteer staff. Under his leadership the donation base jumped from $20,000 to more than $120,000 per year in just two years, bringing him letters of commendation from the governor, the chief of police and members of the city council.

At 24 he co-founded the Dreams to Reality Foundation with actor Dean Butler, a 100% volunteer charity organization with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The foundation successfully raised funds for various charitable causes, including the Actors' Fund of America, Boys and Girls Club, and Children's Hospitals. After the Northridge earthquake in 1994, Dreams to Reality Foundation produced a celebrity-driven event called "The Achy Quakey Benefit." Other efforts included raising tens of thousands of dollars for children’s education through the Kaiser Permanente Foundation, and grants to children living with HIV and AIDS, whose letters were read by notable actors such as Shirley Jones at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

By 1993 Spencer’s cookie recipe (yes) had taken off with celebrities, and his clients included Teri Garr, Connie Selleca and John Tesh, and Francis Ford Coppola. Soon he was managing the actor Dean Butler, leading to a recurring role for Butler on the popular TV’s popular "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer," and Spencer’s stable of actors quickly grew to include the likes of Lamont Bentley, a regular on the hit show “Moesha.”

In what was to become a pattern with Spencer, particularly with regard to technology and the internet, in 1998 he saw the future and started selling antiques and collectibles on eBay, shortly after its inception, when it was still virtually unknown, years ahead of the curve.

A year later he was featured in an article in Time magazine which caught the eye of eBay management. Shortly thereafter, he was a spokesperson for eBay at events and trade shows all over the country, and from 2000 has been one of only a handful of eBay University Instructors. His speaking career has included over 200 appearances as eBay’s official spokesperson, at virtually every major trade show related to the sale of products, from house wares to farming equipment. Spencer has been eBay's keynote speaker at shows such as Comdex, CES, GIA, JCK and many others, often addressing general sessions as large as 1,200.

He has spoken at every eBay Live! event since 2001, the largest one attracting more than 20,000 attendees. At many of the events at which he has spoken he also acted as the logistics manager, hiring union labor and setting up booths and managing booth staff.

His reputation at eBay became such that every category manager at the company asked him to speak at their conferences and events.

Spencer developed the very first eBay Motors Guide to Selling Vehicles, working directly with the senior management at Reynolds and Reynolds advertising agency. And in connection with his eBay work he developed content for CEOs and heads of high profile companies such as Patrick Lo, CEO of NETGEAR; Lorrie Norrington, President of eBay, Inc.; and Christy Hefner, CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., among others.

By 2007, Spencer was Executive Vice President of Online Market World, an industry-leading convention/think tank for the top e-commerce companies, experts, and visionaries to meet, exchange ideas, and explore the future of business on the Internet. He managed the sales and marketing efforts, including working with foreign consulates to drive overseas participation in the event. He secured prominent speakers, including high profile model, actress and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland, and those from such companies as Yahoo! and NBC; and exhibitor/sponsors such as Network Solutions, PayPal, and even the Federal Trade Commission. The events were held at the prestigious and beautiful Moscone Center in San Francisco. Spencer’s tireless efforts raised the event's profile dramatically.

“I have injected into the corporate culture a strong focus on technology,” says Spencer, and he has deployed customized client management systems for Hyundai, Mazda, Visa and Suzuki.

In 2006 Simon and Schuster published Spencer’s how-to business book "The eBay Entrepreneur". Recently Spencer authored the successful business plan for a new non-profit charity division of Wachovia Exposition Partners.

And though we feel that Christopher Spencer’s extraordinary background makes KindleCause the ideal choice, literally, for your online auction partner, the list of compelling reasons for choosing us doesn’t stop there.

There’s the rest of the KindleCause team—experienced marketing and public relations writers, award winning photographers, Internet marketing and social networking pioneers, and eBay veterans skilled in researching that obscure, but extremely valuable, antique donated to your charity.

Christopher Spencer’s team is a big part of the reason why he had over 180,000 completed auctions when he was one of the most successful PowerSellers on eBay, and these key players are still very much with him. Chris inspires loyalty, and though our writers advise us that “charismatic” is a much overused word, we cordially invite you to find out for yourself.