The Paddle8 team has deep experience in art, design, and technology.

  • Jason Stein

    Senior Specialist, Design


    Jason comes to Paddle8 having spent the last 20 years in the Decorative Art and Design departments at Bonhams, Christie's and Butterfield & Butterfield. His specialties include custom works created by legends in the world of Design.

  • Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing

  • Laura Ghazzaoui

    Junior Specialist


    Laura comes to Paddle8 after 7 years of diverse experience working in Geneva and London, across auction houses, galleries and for a major collector. Laura holds a business degree from Cass Business School, City University London and a Masters from the Sotheby's Institute.

    Laura collects flea market finds during her travels, art books and young emerging artists.

  • Elizabeth Landis

    Operations Manager

    Elizabeth became interested in the art market while studying Art History and Economics at the University of Vermont. She has since worked at a range of art institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby's, Gander & White as well as for galleries and for artists.

    Elizabeth collects passport stamps, wine corks and jewelry.

  • Susan Cernek

    Editorial Director

  • Eugenie York

    Auction Manager


    Eugenie joins Paddle8 from London, with a B.A in combined honors, majoring in English Literature and History of Art. Her passion for art led her to work previously at Christie's and the Royal Collection. She has also had experience with numerous charities over the years.

  • Holly Greenfield

    Senior Director


    Holly comes to Paddle8 with extensive experience working with museums and non-profits on fundraising and event production. She was previously VP at Livet Reichard Company and received a Masters from Columbia University.

    Holly collects spices.

  • Charlie Fogarty

    Client Coordinator


    Charlie graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Economics and a passion for contemporary art, technology, and design.

    Charlie collects vintage records, drumsticks, and art books.

  • Carolyn Bachman

    Director, Client Development

  • Alejandro Largo

    Director of Design


    A keen enthusiast of art and culture, he has worked in the publishing, corporate, culture, art and non-profit sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Branding from The School of Visual Arts that brings an analytical and strategic approach to his design.

    Alejandro collects typographic posters and relics from different cultures.

  • Amanda Carye

    Business Manager

  • Allison Kang

    Junior Specialist

  • James Salzmann

    Managing Director, West Coast

    James comes to Paddle8 following strategic development and management roles at Sotheby's, Phillips and Gurr Johns. He holds degrees from Harvard and Sotheby's Institute, and is co-author of Corporate Art Collections: A Handbook.

    James collects English drawings, Scottish caricatures, and the French neckties he no longer has to wear.

  • Melissa Caspary

    Marketing Coordinator

  • Joe Bernardi

    Developer

  • Mariél Frechette

    Auction Administrator, West Coast


    Mariél joins Paddle8 with experience in arts marketing, sales and administration. She holds an MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Drucker School of Management, and a BA from Scripps College.

  • Ashley Leutner

    Associate Director


    Ashley comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working at non-profits, museums, and in other creative industries. She has her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her MA from the University of the Arts.

    Ashley collects rare books.

  • Kate Duggan

    Auction Manager


    Kate brings experience in art fair production, art advisory, and collection management. She has an art history degree and received her MA from Sotheby's Institute.

    Kate collects artwork by emerging contemporary artists and small elephant statues.

  • Liza Kiraz

    Benefit Auction Coordinator


    Liza joins Paddle8 with a background in the visual and performing arts in the area of fundraising, education, and public programming. She has a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries from King's College London.

    Liza likes to collect emerging artist prints and Taschen books.

  • Luke Murphy

    CTO


    Luke comes from a combined art and big media background having been the VP of Technology at Viacom Media Networks for 10 years and being a practicing digital artist. Luke brings deep experience in both art and digital operations to Paddle8.

  • Sarah Bencic

    Auction Manager


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 after working in development and event production with various non-profits. She holds a degree in art history.

    Sarah collects vintage film cameras and retro sunglasses.

  • Ahna Rao

    Designer

  • Shea Goli

    Specialist

    Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

  • Ramsay Stirling II

    Head of Engineering


    Ramsay is steadfastly focused on all intersections of art and technology, both as a developer and an artist. Previously, he was the Media and Technology Manager at The Kitchen and studied Design & Technology at Parsons The New School For Design.

    Ramsay collects lenticular prints and synthesizers.

  • Louisa Strahl

    Manager, Business Development, Europe


    Louisa comes to Paddle8 with a passion for contemporary art, architecture and design and prior experience at a leading global private bank and art advisory. She holds an MBA from the University IFM in Geneva and an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.

    Louisa collects swatch watches, art books and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Mason Staugler

    Developer

  • Tim Thorpe

    Developer


    With a degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo, Tim brings a wealth of experience and expertise in web application development to Paddle8. He has been the lead developer at startups around the New York City area.

    Tim collects screen printed art, and coffee paraphernalia.

  • Meghan Griffith

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Technical Operations

  • Caitlin O. Tormey

    Executive Director, Operations


    Caitlin joins Paddle8 from a Head of Ecommerce Operations position at Christie's. She earned her BA and ran track at Princeton University, then went on to place 23rd in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.

    Caitlin collects mileage, stress fractures, significant objects, and anything you've got in black.

  • Osman Khan

    Founding Partner and COO


    Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

    Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

  • Petra Kwan

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Petra joins Paddle8 with prints expertise, having worked at Sotheby's as a Specialist and the British Museum’s Prints and Drawings Department. She studied at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Petra collects handwritten letters, cookbooks, fine wine and prints by contemporary artists.

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  • Courtney Chapel

    Auction Administrator


    Courtney received her Masters in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth. Previously, she held positions at the MFA Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and more.

    Courtney collects cheap street drawings/paintings from anywhere she travels.

  • Edita Zulic

    Auction Manager


    Edita comes with over a decade of experience in communications and special events at the United Nations and has collaborated with artists on various projects. She holds an MA in history of Venetian art at the University of Warwick.

    Edita collects foreign languages, coin jewelry, and drawings of cities.

  • Vivian Brodie

    Specialist


    Vivian comes to Paddle8 with a serious art addiction. Vivian is the co-founder of Y&S, a New York based non-profit that supports emerging artists, and held positions at Fab, David Tunick Inc. and Christie's prior to joining Paddle8.

  • Thomas Galbraith

    Managing Director, Auctions

  • Kate Brambilla

    Senior Director, Auction Business Development


    Kate has more than a decade of experience in bringing collections to auction and focuses on business development, category expansion and sale strategy.

    Kate collects mementos from each of the sales she works on.

  • Mariel White

    Project Coordinator

  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer


    Matthew collects vinyl, pre-euro currency, and small elephant statues.

  • Margaret Olson

    Auction Manager


    Maggie comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working with auction houses, artist foundations and museums. She received her MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.

    Maggie collects vinyl records and select New Yorker issues (with particularly interesting cover art).

  • Alix de Torquat

    Marketing Director, Europe & Middle East


    Alix comes to Paddle8 with a decade of experience in the luxury and arts industry, having worked most recently at Sotheby's as Business Director in Marketing. She holds an MBA from ESSEC and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

    Alix collects vintage hats and artists' monographs.

  • Nicola Allan

    Junior Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Nicola comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she specialised in Modern & Contemporary Prints. She holds an MA in Fine Art and Printmaking from Edinburgh University.

    Nicola collects 20th century wood engravings and works from emerging artists.

  • Noel Shipp

    Receptionist & Executive Assistant to Founding Team

  • Lane Brenner

    Benefit Auction Coordinator

  • Abby Caulkins

    Communcations and Events

  • Izabel Nielsen

    Editorial Assistant

  • Christina Johnston

    Logistics Expediter

  • Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator

  • Michael Maloney

    Business Analyst

  • Nicolas Gitton

    Senior Director, Business Development, Europe


    After several museum experiences, Nicolas spent 4 years working on museum development projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with former Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens. Nicolas holds a business degree from Paris HEC Business School and an art history degree.

    Nicolas collects post-war prints, comic books, and old Bordeaux.

  • Anne Prentnieks

    Associate Director, Partnership & Community

  • Sarah Goulet

    Head of Communications


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 with deep experience in art communications, most recently at Pace Gallery, where she handled press worldwide, and, prior to that, at Resnicow Schroeder, consulting with art museums. She graduated from Brown.

    Sarah collects Sarah Kurz, back issues of Vogue, and Chloé flats.

  • Emily Upton

    Associate Director


    Emily recently completed studies in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. She previously worked on fundraising events at the BC Cancer Foundation after studying History and Art History at University of Victoria.

  • Adam Dinwiddie

    Head of Product and Design


    Adam likes art and the internet. He has worked for companies like Nestio, Collectrium, and Wall Street on Demand. Adam studied computer science and linguistics at Columbia University.

    Adam collects sweaters and old jazz records.

  • Alexander Gilkes

    Co-Founder and President


    First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

    Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

  • Dave Harper

    Director, Special Projects


    With a decade of experience in curatorial practice and arts management, most recently at BAM, Dave joins Paddle8 with broad creative and fundraising expertise.

    Dave collects contemporary art, particularly small works on paper and photography.

  • Georgia McElveen

    Designer


    Georgia graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a degree in Design and Technology. She began her career as a gallerist, focusing on contemporary art while co-curating shows.

    Georgia collects Homies.

  • Jessica Van Den Brand

    Benelux Region Representative


    Jessica joins Paddle8 from Amsterdam. She has diverse experience in the Benelux field of contemporary art, working with emerging artists, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau and the DNB (The Dutch Bank) art committee. Jessica holds a M.A. in Art History from the University of Amsterdam and is author of the book Tino Sehgal - Art as immaterial commodity (2015).

  • Patrick Rich

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Thatcher

    Performance Artist

  • Tim Evans

    Developer


    Tim is a self professed JavaScript junkie and SproutCore core team member. In his spare time, he plays in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and enjoys making ice cream.

  • Anastasia Standa

    Specialist


    Anastasia, or Tess, comes to Paddle8 from a Midwest auction house. Her specialties lie in Modern art and her work at the Art Institute of Chicago instilled in her a passion for Impressionism. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Brown.

    Tess collects vintage glass perfume bottles, all shapes and sizes.

  • Jacqueline Towers-Perkins

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Jacqueline comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she was an Auctioneer and Fine Art specialist. She holds a BA from the University of Leeds and an MA from Sotheby’s Institute.

    Jacqueline collects Modern prints, Anglo Indian antiques, soda syphons and 19th century drawings.

  • Rebecca Bates

    Associate Editor

  • Alex Miciotta

    Shipping & Logistics Manager


    Alex joins from Dietl having previously held positions at Christie's. She has an MA from Christie's Education and a BA in Art History.

    Alex collects old books, wine, and photographs.

  • Julia Gordon

    Assistant Auctions Manager

  • Lauren Maley

    Junior Specialist


    Lauren comes to Paddle8 with diverse experience in contemporary art sales and curation in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and holds a masters from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

  • Aditya Julka

    Co-Founder and CEO


    A Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, McKinsey veteran and serial entrepreneur, Aditya has in his previous projects successfully merged his background in biotechnology, biochemical engineering and business.

    Aditya collects KAWS toys, urban artists including Banksy, contemporary Indian artists, and face masks from different regions of the world.

  • Aino-Leena Grapin

    Managing Director, Europe & Middle East

    Aino comes to Paddle8 after diverse strategy and turnaround roles at Bain & Company and Christie's, where she was International Business Director. She holds degrees from ESSEC and INSEAD and is a French Foreign Trade Advisor in the UK.

    Aino collects vintage jewellery.

  • Gabriel Butu

    Business Development Manager


    Gabriel Butu recently finished studies with Christie's Education New York, where he researched technology's role in the modern and contemporary art market. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 2010.

    Gabriel collects countries he's lived in.

  • Shawn Lisle

    Designer

  • Matthew Knight

    Specialist


    Matthew holds a B.A. in Art History from Kingston University-London and U.M.K.C. and a M.A. from Christie's Education. He joins Paddle8 after 5 years experience as a Fine Art Expert for AXA Art Insurance.

    Matthew collects ephemera, works by artists that he knows personally and works from local artists from areas where he travels.

  • Kevin Riggen

    Developer


    Kevin collects flying robots.

  • Tim Malyk

    Consultant Specialist


    Tim is a former specialist with Phillips de Pury. He began his career working with Private collectors prior to joining Phillips in 2000.

  • Michael McClellan

    Senior Project Manager

  • Jenny Shepherd

    Auction Coordinator


    Jenny comes to Paddle8 from Science Ltd./Damien Hirst Studio, where she worked in research, exhibitions and production. She holds a BA in Fine Art and Music, and has classical training in painting, drawing, and singing.

    Jenny collects British Vogues and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Courtney Ercolino

    Assistant Director, Shipping & Logistics


    Courtney joins Paddle8 from Christie's Auction House with 5 years of experience in auction operations and eCommerce fulfillment & logistics.

    Courtney collects family recipes and pet portraits.

  • Taylor Siegel

    Auction Administrator

Founding Team

  • Aditya Julka

    Aditya Julka

    Co-Founder and CEO


    A Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, McKinsey veteran and serial entrepreneur, Aditya has in his previous projects successfully merged his background in biotechnology, biochemical engineering and business.

    Aditya collects KAWS toys, urban artists including Banksy, contemporary Indian artists, and face masks from different regions of the world.

  • Alexander Gilkes

    Alexander Gilkes

    Co-Founder and President


    First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

    Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

  • Osman Khan

    Osman Khan

    Founding Partner and COO


    Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

    Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

  • Hikari Yokoyama

    Hikari Yokoyama

    Curator


    Hikari cut her teeth working at the multi-faceted Deitch Projects while she finished her degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Columbia University. She then went on to acquire and commission artworks on behalf of private collectors and worked in various capacities including as Roving Director of Gresham's Ghost, co-founder of Art Observed.com and producing a collaboration between artist and pop star. She now lives in London working as a brand communications consultant.

    Hikari collects artwork by artists of her own generation, vinyl, and rare books.

Auctions

  • Nicola Allan

    Nicola Allan

    Junior Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Nicola comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she specialised in Modern & Contemporary Prints. She holds an MA in Fine Art and Printmaking from Edinburgh University.

    Nicola collects 20th century wood engravings and works from emerging artists.

  • Vivian Brodie

    Vivian Brodie

    Specialist


    Vivian comes to Paddle8 with a serious art addiction. Vivian is the co-founder of Y&S, a New York based non-profit that supports emerging artists, and held positions at Fab, David Tunick Inc. and Christie's prior to joining Paddle8.

  • Amanda Carye

    Amanda Carye

    Business Manager


  • Courtney Chapel

    Courtney Chapel

    Auction Administrator


    Courtney received her Masters in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth. Previously, she held positions at the MFA Boston, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and more.

    Courtney collects cheap street drawings/paintings from anywhere she travels.

  • Mariél Frechette

    Mariél Frechette

    Auction Administrator, West Coast


    Mariél joins Paddle8 with experience in arts marketing, sales and administration. She holds an MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Drucker School of Management, and a BA from Scripps College.

  • Thomas Galbraith

    Thomas Galbraith

    Managing Director, Auctions


  • Laura Ghazzaoui

    Laura Ghazzaoui

    Junior Specialist


    Laura comes to Paddle8 after 7 years of diverse experience working in Geneva and London, across auction houses, galleries and for a major collector. Laura holds a business degree from Cass Business School, City University London and a Masters from the Sotheby's Institute.

    Laura collects flea market finds during her travels, art books and young emerging artists.

  • Shea Goli

    Shea Goli

    Specialist


    Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

  • Julia Gordon

    Julia Gordon

    Assistant Auctions Manager


  • Aino-Leena Grapin

    Aino-Leena Grapin

    Managing Director, Europe & Middle East


    Aino comes to Paddle8 after diverse strategy and turnaround roles at Bain & Company and Christie's, where she was International Business Director. She holds degrees from ESSEC and INSEAD and is a French Foreign Trade Advisor in the UK.

    Aino collects vintage jewellery.

  • Allison Kang

    Allison Kang

    Junior Specialist


  • Matthew Knight

    Matthew Knight

    Specialist


    Matthew holds a B.A. in Art History from Kingston University-London and U.M.K.C. and a M.A. from Christie's Education. He joins Paddle8 after 5 years experience as a Fine Art Expert for AXA Art Insurance.

    Matthew collects ephemera, works by artists that he knows personally and works from local artists from areas where he travels.

  • Petra Kwan

    Petra Kwan

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Petra joins Paddle8 with prints expertise, having worked at Sotheby's as a Specialist and the British Museum’s Prints and Drawings Department. She studied at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Petra collects handwritten letters, cookbooks, fine wine and prints by contemporary artists.

  • Lauren Maley

    Lauren Maley

    Junior Specialist


    Lauren comes to Paddle8 with diverse experience in contemporary art sales and curation in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and holds a masters from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

  • Tim Malyk

    Tim Malyk

    Consultant Specialist


    Tim is a former specialist with Phillips de Pury. He began his career working with Private collectors prior to joining Phillips in 2000.

  • Margaret Olson

    Margaret Olson

    Auction Manager


    Maggie comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working with auction houses, artist foundations and museums. She received her MA from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.

    Maggie collects vinyl records and select New Yorker issues (with particularly interesting cover art).

  • James Salzmann

    James Salzmann

    Managing Director, West Coast


    James comes to Paddle8 following strategic development and management roles at Sotheby's, Phillips and Gurr Johns. He holds degrees from Harvard and Sotheby's Institute, and is co-author of Corporate Art Collections: A Handbook.

    James collects English drawings, Scottish caricatures, and the French neckties he no longer has to wear.

  • Taylor Siegel

    Taylor Siegel

    Auction Administrator


  • Anastasia Standa

    Anastasia Standa

    Specialist


    Anastasia, or Tess, comes to Paddle8 from a Midwest auction house. Her specialties lie in Modern art and her work at the Art Institute of Chicago instilled in her a passion for Impressionism. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Brown.

    Tess collects vintage glass perfume bottles, all shapes and sizes.

  • Jason Stein

    Jason Stein

    Senior Specialist, Design


    Jason comes to Paddle8 having spent the last 20 years in the Decorative Art and Design departments at Bonhams, Christie's and Butterfield & Butterfield. His specialties include custom works created by legends in the world of Design.

  • Jacqueline Towers-Perkins

    Jacqueline Towers-Perkins

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Jacqueline comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she was an Auctioneer and Fine Art specialist. She holds a BA from the University of Leeds and an MA from Sotheby’s Institute.

    Jacqueline collects Modern prints, Anglo Indian antiques, soda syphons and 19th century drawings.

  • Eugenie York

    Eugenie York

    Auction Manager


    Eugenie joins Paddle8 from London, with a B.A in combined honors, majoring in English Literature and History of Art. Her passion for art led her to work previously at Christie's and the Royal Collection. She has also had experience with numerous charities over the years.

Technology

  • Joe Bernardi

    Joe Bernardi

    Developer


  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer


    Matthew collects vinyl, pre-euro currency, and small elephant statues.

  • Adam Dinwiddie

    Adam Dinwiddie

    Head of Product and Design


    Adam likes art and the internet. He has worked for companies like Nestio, Collectrium, and Wall Street on Demand. Adam studied computer science and linguistics at Columbia University.

    Adam collects sweaters and old jazz records.

  • Tim Evans

    Tim Evans

    Developer


    Tim is a self professed JavaScript junkie and SproutCore core team member. In his spare time, he plays in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and enjoys making ice cream.

  • Michael McClellan

    Michael McClellan

    Senior Project Manager


  • Luke Murphy

    Luke Murphy

    CTO


    Luke comes from a combined art and big media background having been the VP of Technology at Viacom Media Networks for 10 years and being a practicing digital artist. Luke brings deep experience in both art and digital operations to Paddle8.

  • Kevin Riggen

    Kevin Riggen

    Developer


    Kevin collects flying robots.

  • Mason Staugler

    Mason Staugler

    Developer


  • Ramsay Stirling II

    Ramsay Stirling II

    Head of Engineering


    Ramsay is steadfastly focused on all intersections of art and technology, both as a developer and an artist. Previously, he was the Media and Technology Manager at The Kitchen and studied Design & Technology at Parsons The New School For Design.

    Ramsay collects lenticular prints and synthesizers.

  • Tim Thorpe

    Tim Thorpe

    Developer


    With a degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo, Tim brings a wealth of experience and expertise in web application development to Paddle8. He has been the lead developer at startups around the New York City area.

    Tim collects screen printed art, and coffee paraphernalia.

Benefit Auctions

  • Sarah Bencic

    Sarah Bencic

    Auction Manager


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 after working in development and event production with various non-profits. She holds a degree in art history.

    Sarah collects vintage film cameras and retro sunglasses.

  • Lane Brenner

    Lane Brenner

    Benefit Auction Coordinator


  • Kate Duggan

    Kate Duggan

    Auction Manager


    Kate brings experience in art fair production, art advisory, and collection management. She has an art history degree and received her MA from Sotheby's Institute.

    Kate collects artwork by emerging contemporary artists and small elephant statues.

  • Holly Greenfield

    Holly Greenfield

    Senior Director


    Holly comes to Paddle8 with extensive experience working with museums and non-profits on fundraising and event production. She was previously VP at Livet Reichard Company and received a Masters from Columbia University.

    Holly collects spices.

  • Dave Harper

    Dave Harper

    Director, Special Projects


    With a decade of experience in curatorial practice and arts management, most recently at BAM, Dave joins Paddle8 with broad creative and fundraising expertise.

    Dave collects contemporary art, particularly small works on paper and photography.

  • Liza Kiraz

    Liza Kiraz

    Benefit Auction Coordinator


    Liza joins Paddle8 with a background in the visual and performing arts in the area of fundraising, education, and public programming. She has a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries from King's College London.

    Liza likes to collect emerging artist prints and Taschen books.

  • Ashley Leutner

    Ashley Leutner

    Associate Director


    Ashley comes to Paddle8 with years of experience working at non-profits, museums, and in other creative industries. She has her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her MA from the University of the Arts.

    Ashley collects rare books.

  • Jenny Shepherd

    Jenny Shepherd

    Auction Coordinator


    Jenny comes to Paddle8 from Science Ltd./Damien Hirst Studio, where she worked in research, exhibitions and production. She holds a BA in Fine Art and Music, and has classical training in painting, drawing, and singing.

    Jenny collects British Vogues and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Emily Upton

    Emily Upton

    Associate Director


    Emily recently completed studies in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. She previously worked on fundraising events at the BC Cancer Foundation after studying History and Art History at University of Victoria.

  • Jessica Van Den Brand

    Jessica Van Den Brand

    Benelux Region Representative


    Jessica joins Paddle8 from Amsterdam. She has diverse experience in the Benelux field of contemporary art, working with emerging artists, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau and the DNB (The Dutch Bank) art committee. Jessica holds a M.A. in Art History from the University of Amsterdam and is author of the book Tino Sehgal - Art as immaterial commodity (2015).

  • Edita Zulic

    Edita Zulic

    Auction Manager


    Edita comes with over a decade of experience in communications and special events at the United Nations and has collaborated with artists on various projects. She holds an MA in history of Venetian art at the University of Warwick.

    Edita collects foreign languages, coin jewelry, and drawings of cities.

Design

  • Alejandro Largo

    Alejandro Largo

    Director of Design


    A keen enthusiast of art and culture, he has worked in the publishing, corporate, culture, art and non-profit sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Branding from The School of Visual Arts that brings an analytical and strategic approach to his design.

    Alejandro collects typographic posters and relics from different cultures.

  • Shawn Lisle

    Shawn Lisle

    Designer


  • Georgia McElveen

    Georgia McElveen

    Designer


    Georgia graduated from Parsons The New School for Design with a degree in Design and Technology. She began her career as a gallerist, focusing on contemporary art while co-curating shows.

    Georgia collects Homies.

  • Ahna Rao

    Ahna Rao

    Designer


Communications

  • Rebecca Bates

    Rebecca Bates

    Associate Editor


  • Abby Caulkins

    Abby Caulkins

    Communcations and Events


  • Sarah Goulet

    Sarah Goulet

    Head of Communications


    Sarah comes to Paddle8 with deep experience in art communications, most recently at Pace Gallery, where she handled press worldwide, and, prior to that, at Resnicow Schroeder, consulting with art museums. She graduated from Brown.

    Sarah collects Sarah Kurz, back issues of Vogue, and Chloé flats.

Marketing

  • Gabriel Butu

    Gabriel Butu

    Business Development Manager


    Gabriel Butu recently finished studies with Christie's Education New York, where he researched technology's role in the modern and contemporary art market. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 2010.

    Gabriel collects countries he's lived in.

  • Melissa Caspary

    Melissa Caspary

    Marketing Coordinator


  • Susan Cernek

    Susan Cernek

    Editorial Director


  • Izabel Nielsen

    Izabel Nielsen

    Editorial Assistant


  • Anne Prentnieks

    Anne Prentnieks

    Associate Director, Partnership & Community


  • Thomas Stimpson

    Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing


  • Alix de Torquat

    Alix de Torquat

    Marketing Director, Europe & Middle East


    Alix comes to Paddle8 with a decade of experience in the luxury and arts industry, having worked most recently at Sotheby's as Business Director in Marketing. She holds an MBA from ESSEC and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

    Alix collects vintage hats and artists' monographs.

Operations

  • Kevin Altamirano

    Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Technical Operations


  • Carolyn Bachman

    Carolyn Bachman

    Director, Client Development


  • Courtney Ercolino

    Courtney Ercolino

    Assistant Director, Shipping & Logistics


    Courtney joins Paddle8 from Christie's Auction House with 5 years of experience in auction operations and eCommerce fulfillment & logistics.

    Courtney collects family recipes and pet portraits.

  • Charlie Fogarty

    Charlie Fogarty

    Client Coordinator


    Charlie graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Economics and a passion for contemporary art, technology, and design.

    Charlie collects vintage records, drumsticks, and art books.

  • Meghan Griffith

    Meghan Griffith

    Shipping & Logistics Manager


  • Christina Johnston

    Christina Johnston

    Logistics Expediter


  • Elizabeth Landis

    Elizabeth Landis

    Operations Manager


    Elizabeth became interested in the art market while studying Art History and Economics at the University of Vermont. She has since worked at a range of art institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby's, Gander & White as well as for galleries and for artists.

    Elizabeth collects passport stamps, wine corks and jewelry.

  • Michael Maloney

    Michael Maloney

    Business Analyst


  • Bethany Merryman

    Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator


  • Alex Miciotta

    Alex Miciotta

    Shipping & Logistics Manager


    Alex joins from Dietl having previously held positions at Christie's. She has an MA from Christie's Education and a BA in Art History.

    Alex collects old books, wine, and photographs.

  • Steve Perez

    Steve Perez

    TechOps


  • Patrick Rich

    Patrick Rich

    Shipping & Logistics Manager


  • Noel Shipp

    Noel Shipp

    Receptionist & Executive Assistant to Founding Team


  • Caitlin O. Tormey

    Caitlin O. Tormey

    Executive Director, Operations


    Caitlin joins Paddle8 from a Head of Ecommerce Operations position at Christie's. She earned her BA and ran track at Princeton University, then went on to place 23rd in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.

    Caitlin collects mileage, stress fractures, significant objects, and anything you've got in black.

Business Development

  • Kate Brambilla

    Kate Brambilla

    Senior Director, Auction Business Development


    Kate has more than a decade of experience in bringing collections to auction and focuses on business development, category expansion and sale strategy.

    Kate collects mementos from each of the sales she works on.

  • Nicolas Gitton

    Nicolas Gitton

    Senior Director, Business Development, Europe


    After several museum experiences, Nicolas spent 4 years working on museum development projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with former Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens. Nicolas holds a business degree from Paris HEC Business School and an art history degree.

    Nicolas collects post-war prints, comic books, and old Bordeaux.

  • Louisa Strahl

    Louisa Strahl

    Manager, Business Development, Europe


    Louisa comes to Paddle8 with a passion for contemporary art, architecture and design and prior experience at a leading global private bank and art advisory. She holds an MBA from the University IFM in Geneva and an MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.

    Louisa collects swatch watches, art books and artwork by emerging artists.

  • Mariel White

    Mariel White

    Project Coordinator


Mascot

  • Thatcher

    Thatcher

    Performance Artist


Laura Ghazzaoui

Consultant/Specialist: Contemporary Art

New York

Laura comes to Paddle8 after 7 years of diverse experience working in Geneva and London, across auction houses, galleries and for a major collector. Laura holds a business degree from Cass Business School, City University London and a Masters from the Sotheby's Institute.

Shea Goli

Specialist

New York

Shea joins Paddle8 after experience working with both emerging artists and artists Estates. She has held positions with the Suzanne Geiss Company and Phillips and holds a BA from NYU and a MA from Parsons.

Matthew Knight

Specialist-Private Client/Themed Auctions

New York

Matthew holds a B.A. in Art History from Kingston University-London and U.M.K.C. and a M.A. from Christie's Education. He joins Paddle8 after 5 years experience as a Fine Art Expert for AXA Art Insurance.

Anastasia Standa

Specialist

New York

Anastasia, or Tess, comes to Paddle8 from a Midwest auction house. Her specialties lie in Modern art and her work at the Art Institute of Chicago instilled in her a passion for Impressionism. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her BA from Brown.

Vivian Brodie

Specialist

New York

Vivian comes to Paddle8 with a serious art addiction. Vivian is the co-founder of Y&S, a New York based non-profit that supports emerging artists, and held positions at Fab, David Tunick Inc. and Christie's prior to joining Paddle8.

Nicola Allan

Junior Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Nicola comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she specialised in Modern & Contemporary Prints. She holds an MA in Fine Art and Printmaking from Edinburgh University.

Mireya Lewin

Consultant Specialist

Los Angeles

Mireya has experience in contemporary art, photography and finance, having worked with private, corporate and non-profit collectors. She holds an MA from Columbia and an MA and PhD from the Courtauld.

Lauren Maley

Junior Specialist

Los Angeles

Lauren comes to Paddle8 with diverse experience in contemporary art sales and curation in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and holds a masters from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

Tim Malyk

Consultant Specialist

New York

Tim is a former specialist with Phillips de Pury. He began his career working with Private collectors prior to joining Phillips in 2000.

Joslin van Arsdale

Photography Specialist

Los Angeles

Jacqueline Towers-Perkins

Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Jacqueline comes to Paddle8 from a London auction house where she was an Auctioneer and Fine Art specialist. She holds a BA from the University of Leeds and an MA from Sotheby’s Institute.

Petra Kwan

Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Petra joins Paddle8 with prints expertise, having worked at Sotheby's as a Specialist and the British Museum’s Prints and Drawings Department. She studied at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Jason Stein

Senior Specialist, Design

Los Angeles

Jason comes to Paddle8 having spent the last 20 years in the Decorative Art and Design departments at Bonhams, Christie's and Butterfield & Butterfield. His specialties include custom works created by legends in the world of Design.

Aditya Julka

Co-Founder and CEO

A Harvard Business School Baker Scholar, McKinsey veteran and serial entrepreneur, Aditya has in his previous projects successfully merged his background in biotechnology, biochemical engineering and business.

Aditya collects KAWS toys, urban artists including Banksy, contemporary Indian artists, and face masks from different regions of the world.

Alexander Gilkes

Co-Founder and President

First bitten by the art bug at Eton College, his interest evolved at LVMH, where, as one of the youngest members of an executive team, he helped revamp the Krug brand and business, before joining Phillips as marketing director and auctioneer. Today he continues his duties on the auction circuit.

Alexander collects decanters, maps, busts, and contemporary artist toys.

Osman Khan

Founding Partner and COO

Osman has a diverse academic background, including an MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was an investment banker in New York focused on M&A and private capital raising.

Osman collects vintage cookbooks and cookware.

Hikari Yokoyama

Curator

Hikari cut her teeth working at the multi-faceted Deitch Projects while she finished her degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Columbia University. She then went on to acquire and commission artworks on behalf of private collectors and worked in various capacities including as Roving Director of Gresham's Ghost, co-founder of Art Observed.com and producing a collaboration between artist and pop star. She now lives in London working as a brand communications consultant.

Hikari collects artwork by artists of her own generation, vinyl, and rare books.