Easy to answer!
Mike is a class act, tireless worker, and has created a truly wonderful selling/buying environment. He listens and is continually improving the LA.
I started buying on the auction in 1999. It was very basic, even had a chat room you could enter after blowing a couple hundred dollars...lol. Back then, you could leave feedback without purchasing,..which got pretty wild.
Many of the original sellers are gone now. Buyers too. The auction survived the first rust outbreak in 2001, and few real bad selling ideas (like pre-ordered custom seeds, and selling pollen), and a few unscrupulous sellers and deadbeat buyers. Mike has been there through it all, dealing with every kind of situation imaginable.
He has created a perfect way to connect folks who want to have fun (bidding IS fun), earn a little money, and add rare and beautiful plants to their collection.