MY STORY

I started Durant Consulting Inc. (DCI) in 2006 to provide full-service auction solutions for non-profits.  I worked as the Director of Fundraising for Grandstand Sports in NYC from 1998-2005 where I managed 300+ auctions per year with consignment memorabilia. I was consistently asked to produce all aspects of the non-profit auctions by our clients and a move to Miami was the impetus to start DCI to fulfill the niche of auction production for galas, golf tournaments and Festivals.  Over time, the company has morphed to encompass Sponsor Management at large scale events nationwide, Logistics, and Event Production locally in Charleston, SC.

I currently oversee sponsor fulfillment and advancement at many award-winning festivals including the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, New York City Wine & Food Festival, and Life is Beautiful music festival in Downtown Las Vegas.  DCI also manages all online and onsite auctions for the Charlotte Wine & Food Festival as well as many other online auction clients. Now that events are on hold due to COVID-19, I've focused on online auction management for nonprofit organizations to help raise funds in this challenging economic climate.

-Alexandria (Alex) Durant

Fun Facts:

  • ​At age 22, produced a dance concert in Augusta, GA to raise money to pursue a dance career in NYC.  One year later was running a modern dance company in NYC.

  • ​Named one of BizBash Fla's "20 Under 40" Innovative Pros Making Waves in the Industry in 2006, the same year DCI was founded.

  • First company hired to produce and manage all of the silent and online auctions for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and increased revenues by over 30% in the first year.

  • Personal wedding was featured in Augusta Magazine in 2008

  • Assisted celebrity Chef Dave Martin with Marketing efforts and Public Appearances in 2010 and edited Dave's second cookbook "Flavor Quest, Volume 2".

  • Won "National Instructor of the Year" for Baby Boot Camp in 2012.

  • For over 10 years, annually manages close to 50 sponsors across multiple festival platforms.

Dave Martin and Alex

Colleagues and Friends since 2008