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

Founding Team


  • 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
    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, shoes, and kitsch from the countries that she travels to.

Auctions


  • Thomas Galbraith
    Managing Director, Auctions
  • 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.
  • 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 and Zero artist editions.
  • Tim Malyk
    Senior Specialist
    Tim is a former specialist with Phillips de Pury. He began his career working with Private collectors prior to joining Phillips in 2000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mireya Lewin
    Consultant Specialist
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Joslin van Arsdale
    Consultant Specialist
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Alexa Schwartz McCarthy
    Cataloger
    Alexa joined Paddle8 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art after having worked at Christie's in London and New York. Alexa holds a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Mariél Frechette
    Auction Administrator
    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.

Benefit Auctions


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dave Harper
    Director, Special Projects & Client Development
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Operations


  • Caitlin O. Tormey
    Executive Director
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Landis
    Shipping & Logistics 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.
  • Dominic Bonaduce
    Production Manager
  • Bethany Merryman
    Office Manager

Technology


  • 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.
  • Adam Dinwiddie
    Head of Product
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Joe Bernardi
    Developer
  • Eric Buckley
    Developer
  • Kevin Riggen
    Developer
    Kevin collects flying robots.
  • Matthew Crenshaw
    Developer
    Matthew collects vinyl, pre-euro currency, and small elephant statues.

Design


  • Alejandro Largo
    Lead Designer
    Alejandro is a Colombian graphic designer, who creates comprehensive brand experiences for clients in the arts and non-profit sectors. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 and has previously worked in the publishing industry and now focuses on branding.
  • 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.
  • Ben Gold
    Designer
    Ben only recently became legally able to purchase alcohol. He's worked at neat places like Tumblr and Foursquare. It's unlikely that he will finish his college degree anytime soon.
    Ben collects Swiss Army knives.

Marketing


  • Susan Cernek
    Editorial Director
  • 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.
  • 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.

Communications


  • 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.

Business Development


  • 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
    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.

Consultants


  • Andrea Hill
    Creative Consultant
    Andrea brings her art expertise as a writer and curator who has produced exhibitions for ICI, Matadero Madrid, Wesleyan University and numerous galleries. She received her BA from Yale and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Thatcher


  • Thatcher
    Performance Artist

    "What are you eating?"