Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company at the March 15 meeting will discuss the present automotive-auction scene and the collector-car market

Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, drops by March 15 to update the organization on the automotive-auction scene, including the first round of this year’s events, the car-collector market and the upcoming sales in Florida.

The program begins with a noon reception followed by lunch, Jackson’s presentation and a Q&A period at the usual luncheon spot, the 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York. Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for others.

Jackson’s Barrett-Jackson bio:

As Chairman and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, Craig Jackson has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most respected car collector and restoration experts. Since his first day with Barrett-Jackson, Craig has developed the expertise that has helped propel Barrett-Jackson’s evolution into the world’s leading collector car auction and automotive lifestyle event.

During his tenure, Jackson has taken the original Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale to three unforgettable and popular destinations in Palm Beach, Las Vegas and Orange County. He is responsible for managing all aspects of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s multi-media empire that serves the collector car industry.

Born and raised into the automotive lifestyle, Jackson has grown to be an integral part of the car collecting industry for nearly 40 years. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jackson has shared his family’s passion and devotion to the automobile market. After his father Russ, and business partner Tom Barrett, founded the company in 1971, which included an automotive repair shop, Jackson climbed the corporate ladder. The result has been numerous Best of Show and First Place trophies, as well as an extensive education on classic car restoration.

Jackson assumed the leadership position in 1997, after the untimely death of his brother, Brian. Since then, he has constantly worked to grow the company. Not only has he helped Barrett-Jackson garner a reputation as being one of the best collector car auctions events in the world, he has also molded the Barrett-Jackson auction week into an entertainment lifestyle event filled with hundreds of exotic and unique automobiles from across the globe.

Through his impeccable attention to detail and with a reputation as a “rare visionary” in the car collector market, Jackson has been able to provide first-class information about the automotive business. Jackson not only serves as an advisor to many notable collectors and celebrities, most of whom attend Barrett-Jackson’s events each year, but has also garnered international attention.

Through Jackson’s role as CEO, Barrett-Jackson events has been covered by notable media outlets, such as Forbes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Motor Trend and AutoWeek. He has also appeared as an automotive expert and correspondent on Bloomberg Television, CNN and SPEED.

Jackson’s strong commitment to philanthropy has resulted in raising over $34 million since Barrett-Jackson’s first car auction, with $6.2 million generated in 2010 alone. He has received numerous awards for his contributions, which include the Innovation Techanthropic Award, presented to him by The Arizona Technology Council and NPower and the prestigious Men of Character award by the Phoenix Theatre in October of 2007. Jackson’s generosity has also earned the company numerous accolades including the Sterling Award for Small Business from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, which honors excellence, innovation and local stewardship within the business community. In 2009, Craig launched the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund in Memory of Russ and Brian Jackson.

Jackson has been named twice to Motor Trend’s Top 50 Power List in the automotive industry. He has also captured the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Business Services category in the Arizona/Orange County region. This award is presented annually to business leaders whose integrity, hard work and perseverance create and sustain successful, growing enterprises.

In September 2007 Jackson sold a significant minority share of the company to Portland-based private equity firm, Endeavour Capital. The partnership allows Barrett-Jackson to pursue even greater business opportunities and with new capital for continued growth.

Craig Jackson’s dedication to the success and traditions of his family-owned company illustrates true loyalty to family values, hobbyists and the collector car enthusiasts around the globe that have made Barrett-Jackson a world-class automotive lifestyle event.