Presenter Spotlight: 2022 ASA International Conference – Personal Property

July 5, 2022

ASA International Conference is the leading event for the global valuation profession. Celebrating its 85th year, the Conference attracts thought leaders, practitioners, allied professionals, vendor partners, government agency personnel, and more from all parts of the world. This paramount event provides an experience unlike other appraisal conferences, offering timely content for all appraisal professionals spanning Business Valuation, Personal Property, Machinery & Equipment, Real Property, Gems & Jewelry as well as Appraisal Review & Management.

The ASAIC22 is available in a hybrid format featuring the convenience of both live and virtual programming, allowing attendees to learn and connect in their preferred environment. Both formats allow you to explore the latest ideas, trends, and best practices with leading presenters and interact and engage with fellow professionals. Join us on-site in Tampa or from the comfort of your home or office—the choice is yours! Don’t miss this exciting celebration of exceptional education and networking with leaders in the appraisal profession.

Don’t miss these industry experts presenting our Personal Property sessions*:

Theresa Melchiorre, Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel | Internal Revenue Service

Graham Wetzbarger is Founder and CEO of Luxury Appraisals & Authentication. He has over 15 years of experience in the authenticated luxury resale marketplace specializing in the identification, authentication, and valuation of designer fashion. Graham has been a member of Appraisers Association of America since 2017, serves as Vice President of Technology for the Costume Society of America, and is a member of the International Trademark Association.

Lela Hersh, ASA is the President at Museum and Fine Arts Consulting LLC. She has over 40 years of experience in the art world. Hersh specializes in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Photography and has been an active volunteer with numerous leadership positions, including most notably serving on ASA’s Board of Governors, as well as being the Chair of the International Personal Property Committee and President of the ASA’s Chicago Chapter. Hersh is also an Executive member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

Vivian Pfeiffer has been the Head of Business Development and Deputy Chairman, Americas at Phillips. There, she leads Phillips’ Client Advisory, Trust and Estates, Proposals and Regional Offices team. Ms. Pfeiffer also has 25 years of experience at Christies, holding a variety of positions including specialist of the Latin American Art Department, where she developed the contemporary art market in Latin American. She has also organized exhibitions at Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and is a board member of Locust Projects and a member of the Bass Art Museum’s Collections Committee.

Erick Calderon is Founder and CEO of Art Blocks. Art Blocks is a minting platform and an online NFT gallery specializing in the medium of generative art, and one of the most successful NFT platforms today. Calderon is also an artist who uses code as his medium and is one of the first NFT artists to move from the digital world to the art world after a recent exhibition at Venus over Manhattan in New York.

Larry Stewart is chief forensic scientist at Global Forensic Services, LLC. Prior to founding Global Forensic Services, Mr. Stewart worked for the U.S. Government as a scientist and manager for over 25 years and in private practice for over 16 years. During his career as a scientist, he has worked on many difficult investigations to include; the Unabomber, the John Wilkes Booth diary, numerous accused Nazi war criminals, e.g. John Demjanjuk, a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, the reinvestigation of the Dr. Martin Luther King murder, the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination/CIA conspiracy theory, the Quedlinburg Treasure, the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin, the Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the DC Sniper investigation, the Martha Stewart case, the 2010 Brazilian presidential election scandal, the Facebook ownership matter, the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy/sexual assault class action matter and the 2020 Arizona election challenge. His efforts have directly assisted the US Government in solving disputes concerning multimillion dollar financial crimes investigations, corrupt officials, murders, illegal transfers of nuclear materials, terrorists, counterfeit food and drug products, international border disputes and falsified international treaties. He has testified as an expert witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as testified or been deposed in foreign court systems. Mr. Stewart held the position of Laboratory Director for the United States Secret Service. In that role, he managed up to 120 scientists, technicians, and support staff in the area of forensic analysis. He held not only a higher level of security clearance than Top Secret but also a Diplomatic passport.

Michelle Impey is Assistant Vice President, Fine Art & Collections Manager at Chubb. Michelle has over 20 years of art and insurance industry experience. As Fine Art & Collections Manager, she oversees the team of risk consulting specialists who deliver collection management services across the country. She is responsible for providing expert loss prevention advice and consultative services with respect to the display, transportation, appraisal, and storage of fine art, wine, jewelry, and other valuables. To address the evolving needs of collectors, she offers collection risk assessments, valuation reviews, and referrals to specialized service providers. She also keeps agents, brokers, and clients informed on current trends affecting the fine art and private collections markets.

Suzanne Perrault is a partner at Rago-Wright LLC and has been with Rago Auctions since 1988. She has over 36 years of experience in decorative arts sales, specializing in studio crafts, contemporary glass, the Arts & Crafts movement, and modern design. She has been appearing on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow for 27 seasons.

Jane Buckman is the Executive Director/President of the Imagine Museum. The museum features preeminent contemporary glass artworks from the latter half of the 20th century through to today. The current museum collection represents over 250 artists from 20 different countries demonstrating the extraordinary creativity of artists working with the glass material today. Prior to her work at the Imagine Museum, Ms. Buckman was an Artist-in-Residence for the city of Chicago and an executive for private arts colleges including the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles (prior to it becoming the Otis College of Art and Design); The School of the Art Institute, Chicago; and the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle. She also was the Executive Director for the Longboat Key Center of the Arts, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design.

Peter Tush is the Curator of Education of The Dalí Museum. Tush has his Undergraduate degree in Art History from New College in Sarasota and his Masters in Art History from the University of South Florida. Part of the Dalí staff for over two decades, he is a key interpreter of the Dalí collection and special exhibitions. He trains the Dalí docents, scripts the audio guides and gallery labels, leads the education team to develop school programming and student exhibits, and works with the curatorial team to develop exhibitions. Over the years, he has presented on a wide range of Dalí-related topics including Surrealism and women, Dalí and Hollywood, and Dalí’s Catalan heritage. In addition, Tush is the co-host of Step Outside on WMNF 88.5fm Tampa.

Deborah Ripley is the Director of Prints & Multiples at Bonhams. She has over 35 years of experience in the field and is a recognized print expert nationwide. She has written numerous articles on collecting for Artnet, Forbes online, Art Collector’s Newsletter, Art on Paper and Art Scribe.

Paul Baker is currently Director of the University Galleries and Tenured Professor of History in the Department of History and Political Science at North Carolina A & T State University. He has almost 30 years of experience in the field of public history and higher education. He has taught museum studies at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels and served as director of several galleries and museums. Dr. Baker currently is a member of the Board of Directors for ArtsGreensboro. He has served on the boards of the Raleigh City Museum, South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and was appointed by Governor Beverly Perdue to the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Museum of History.

Wendy Lindstrom is a Partner at Mazzola Lindstrom LLP. She has over 20 years of experience in handling art transactions and litigation specializing in fine art contracts, acquisitions, sales, commissions, consignments, loans, damage, fraud and insurance claims.