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May 3-5, 2018

Early Registration (Before 3/1/2018)
$550 Member
$650 Non-Member

Standard Registration
$650 Member
$750 Non-Member
$350 Student
ASA member rate will be honored for the following compeer organizations: AAA, ISA, SAA.
The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
20301 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124

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2018 ASA Personal Property Connoisseurship Conference

Motor City Marvels
Archives, Arts & Automobile Design

The 2018 ASA Personal Property Connoisseurship Conference will be held at The Dearborn Inn, A Marriot Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.
In addition to speakers, seminars and panel discussions, there will be off site tours.
Appraisers, auctioneers, museum curators, insurance underwriters, estate attorneys and others with an interest in personal property will benefit from this unique opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and insight from highly esteemed experts in dealing with these important segments of the market.

View attendees and photos from last year's conference. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 

5:00-7:00pm Registration & Welcome Reception
  Join us to kick off the conference, connect with old friends and be delighted by Illusionist Anthony Grupido.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30am Opening Remarks
  Tom Simatos, ASA, Chair, Conference Committee
Lela Hersh, ASA, Chair, International Personal Property Committee

Welcome to Detroit – Motor City Marvels

8:45-10:15am Motown! Music of America


Dr. Rob Bowman
rofessor, Interim Associate Chair, Ethnomusicology, York University

Grammy Award winner, expert on popular music culture, and writer Dr. Rob Bowman brings his insights to the importance and development of popular culture, in this case Motown, its impact on society and its lasting legacy.




Art Forgery: The Artist and the Dealer
Jane CH Jacob, ASA
Managing Director, Art Verite LLC and President, Jacob Fine Art, Inc.

This presentation will explore the role and history of artists and their dealers in contributing to counterfeits and forgery. Understanding the nuances of individual artists and their art-making processes is paramount in understanding their art and looking out for red flags during the appraisal process.

12:45-2:00pm Everything Must Go? Inside the Historic Detroit Bankruptcy
Nathan Bomey
Business Reporter, USA TODAY

When the city of Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in 2013, it placed all of the city government's property in jeopardy of sale to satisfy creditors. This included the city's crown jewel of art and culture: the Detroit Institute of Arts. In this session, USA TODAY reporter and author Nathan Bomey will provide a behind-the-scenes account of how appraisers at New York-based Christie's took on the challenge of assessing the city's prized artwork for potential sale.. He will reveal insight into how the city avoided the sale of any property by striking a grand bargain to protect the museum from liquidation.

The Detroit Institute of Arts Collection (DIA): Protecting Art During the Detroit Bankruptcy
  Barbara Heller
Director & Conservator, Special Projects, Detroit Institute of Art 
  This presentation will offer insight on why the preservation of the DIA’s collection was at risk when the City filed for bankruptcy protection. Learn more about the process employed for appraising the city-owned art, the importance of archival materials and acquisition records, potential legal ramifications, and how the “Grand Bargain” led to the City’s financial restructuring while transferring the collection to a charitable trust.
3:15-3:30pm Break
3:30-4:30pm Evolution of Automotive Design
  Edith Yeomans, FASA
CEO, Appraisal Associates Consulting Inc.

Jonathan Sierakowski
Sierakowski Classic Car Advisors

Donald Osborne, ASA
Principal, Automotive Valuation Services

  The session will focus on the evolution of automotive design and its impact on the fine and decorative arts and society.
4:30-5:30pm Ask the IRS
  Robin Bonner 
Art Appraiser, Internal Revenue Service
  Learn about common errors, current issues and more with seasoned IRS Art Appraiser, Robin Bonner.

Friday, May 4, 2018


Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30am Opening Remarks
  Tom Simatos, ASA, Chair, Conference Committee
8:30-10:00am How Archives Work: The Basics

Darcy Tell
Writer, Independent Scholar, former Executive Editor, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

  This presentation will take appraisers and archivists through the basic principles and operations of special collections, from mission, to accession, and through to the scholar or other users.
10:00-10:15am Refreshment Break



Approach to the Appraisal of Archives
  Nancy Escher, ASA – Art
Owner, Escher Associates & Member, QED Appraisal Group
  This session will highlight the similarities between archival principals and appraisal practices and discuss the different methods of arranging and describing an archive. Case studies will illustrate excavating for comps and different approaches to value.


Adventures of an Archives Appraiser
John Payne, ASA
Owner, Payne Associates  
One of ASA's esteemed appraisers, noted archivist, and bibliographer shares highlights of the nuts and bolts in the field of appraising archives.



12:45-2:15pm The Many Flavors of Archives
Lee Biondi, ASA - Moderator
Owner, QED Appraisal Group

Adam Muhlig, ASA – Music
Muhlig Appraisals & co-Director, QED Appraisal Group

Nancy Escher, ASA – Art
Owner, Escher Associates & Member, QED Appraisal Group

Brock Silversides – Audio Visual
Director, Media Commons, University of Toronto Libraries
John Henley, ASA – Literary
Owner, John V. Henley, LLC

John Payne, ASA - Celebrity
Owner, Payne Associates
This panel will introduce the variety of appraisal assignments one may encounter when appraising archives and share the experience and tactics of valuation from seasoned appraisers.

2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-3:45pm The Many Flavors of Archives (continued)
5:30-9:30pm Tour – Detroit Institute of Arts

Saturday, May 5, 2018


Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15am Opening Remarks
  Tom Simatos, ASA, Chair, Conference Committee
8:15-9:30am USPAP and Archives Appraisal

Sandra J. Tropper, ASA
Artemis, Inc.

USPAP instructor Sandra Tropper will introduce new appraisers and refresh experienced appraisers on USPAP Standards 5, 6, 7 and 8, all as they relate to appraising archives.


Tour – Henry Ford Museum/Benson Ford Research Center


Closing Remarks
  Tom Simatos, ASA, Chair, Conference Committee
Lela Hersh, ASAChair, International Personal Property Committee


*Schedule is subject to change
*Any opinions presented in the sessions are those of the instructor(s) and do not represent the official position of the firms the individual instructors represent, sponsors or the American Society of Appraisers.

Hotel Accommodations

The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
20301 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, Michigan 48124

Special Group Rate: $169 single/double

Hotel Reservation Cutoff Date:
Hotel reservation cutoff date for the ASA group rate is Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (or earlier should room inventory run out). Reservations made after the cutoff date (or once the block is full) will be subject to availability and current room rate.

To make hotel reservations online, visit the 2018 Personal Property Conference dedicated hotel reservation site.

To make reservations by phone, contact The Dearborn Inn directly at 313-271-2700. Be sure to mention the American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Conference to receive the group rate.

**Please note: When making reservations via phone or online, you cannot select a specific room type. For individuals who are planning to share a room, please notify Lisa Perry ( once your reservation has been completed for further assistance.


Detroit is serviced by the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). The airport is approximately 12 miles from the hotel.

Ground Transportation
Taxi fares between DTW and The Dearborn Inn average between $24 and $32, depending on time of day and traffic conditions.

Shared Rides/Shuttle Service
Detroit Shuttle Service provides transportation to/from DTW. Fare is $30 per person one way (gratuity not included). Reservations can be made at

Uber and Lyft are also available.

Rental Car
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is served by most major rental car agencies.  The rental car campus is located on the northeast corner of the Airport along Lucas Drive, where each brand (or group of brands) operates its own facility connected to the terminals by their own courtesy shuttles. 

All rental car shuttles pick-up and drop-off at each terminal’s Ground Transportation Center. To access your rental car agency, once you have claimed any checked luggage, follow terminal signs to Ground Transportation.

Please note hotel parking charges are not included with guest room fees. The Dearborn Inn offers complimentary self-parking. Valet parking fee is $12 per day.


CE Credits

20 continuing education (CE) credits will be given for full attendance of the conference.

Attendees may request reaccreditation credits for attending educational sessions held at the conference. The CE form will be available at the registration desk. Attendees must retain copies of the form in their personal files to receive credit for attending and refer back to them when they renew their reaccreditation online. CE forms are no longer processed by ASA HQ.





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Can’t attend the 2018 ASA Personal Property Connoisseurship Conference?

Consider attending the Personal Property track at the 2018 International Appraisers Conference October 7-10, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.