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

Our Team

  • George Brassey

    Developer

  • Mariel White

    Auction Manager, Luxury, Design, Collectibles

  • Melissa Okan

    Junior Cataloguer

  • Julian Saenz

    Front End Developer

  • Var-Mel George

    Accounts Receivable Manager, Finance

  • María García-Lubén Ibán

    Junior Specialist

  • Michael McClellan

    Senior Project Manager, Tech

  • Leslie Edwards

    Managing Director, Estates, Valuations and Museum Services

    Leslie joins Paddle8 with rich experience in bringing major private collections and estates to the auction block. She spent the majority of her 14 year career in the art world at Christie's, where she advised collectors and heirs on issues related to collection management, valuation and customized sales strategies.

    Leslie collects Outsider Art.

  • Noel Shipp

    Receptionist & Executive Assistant to Founding Team

  • Sophie Salamon

    Junior Specialist, Europe & Middle East


    Sophie joins Paddle8 with experience in emerging art and corporate collections management, having worked at Galerie NEU, Berlin and the European Investment Bank. She studied at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

    Sophie collects emerging artists, first edition books and novelty fridge magnets.

  • Anastasia Voron

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Events & Technical Operations

  • Stefany Morris

    Head of Fine Arts

  • Liz Gilchrist

    Director of Events

  • Abby Caulkins

    Auction Administrator

  • 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.

  • Izabel Nielsen

    Social & Editorial Coordinator, Marketing

  • 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.

  • Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator

  • Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing

  • Liza Kiraz

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions West Coast


    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.

  • Shawn Lisle

    Designer

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  • Clare MacGoey

    CFO

  • Courtney Ercolino

    Director of 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.

  • Joe Bernardi

    Developer

  • Petra Kwan

    Head of Prints & Multiples


    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.

  • 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.

  • Michael Wooten

    Marketing Project Coordinator

  • 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.

  • Taylor Siegel

    Auction Administrator

  • Allison Hastings

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions, Europe & Middle East

  • 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.

  • Edita Zulic

    Europe & Middle East Director, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Holly Greenfield

    Senior Director, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • Thatcher

    Performance Artist

  • Patrick Rich

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Laura Brooks

    General Counsel, Operations

  • Thomas Galbraith

    Managing Director, Auctions

  • Ellis Kelleher

    Specialist

  • Elizabeth Milnes

    Assistant Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Anna Ziemkiewicz

    Financial Planning & Analysis, Finance

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emily Upton

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • Dave Harper

    Artist & Institutional Relations


    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.

  • Sarah P. Hanson

    Editorial Director

  • 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).

  • Rajesh Singh

    Business Analyst

  • Alan Zeng

    Junior Specialist, Collectibles

  • Sibylle Rochat

    Senior Director, Private Sales, Europe & Middle East


    After starting at Christie's, Sibylle worked for Marc Blondeau, co-founded SAKS Gallery in Geneva and later focused on secondary market dealing. She holds an MA from Christie's Education NY.

    Sibylle is an avid collector: she would sell her dog Dakota for a good work by a Picture Generation artist.

  • Julia Papale

    Auction Administrator

  • Christy Leleck

    Director of HR

  • Reshum Panchal

    Product Manager

  • Kate Brambilla

    Senior Director, Luxury, Design, Collectibles


    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.

  • Natasha Kaye Whiffin

    Manager, Asia Development

  • Steve Perez

    IT Support, Tech Ops

  • William Hughes

    Business Analyst

  • Stephanie Kryzak

    Logistics Expediter

  • Melissa Sanvictores

    Controller, Finance

  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer


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

  • Osman Khan

    Co-Founder


    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.

  • Esther Kendall

    Client Service Coordinator

  • 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.

  • Courtney Chapel

    Manager, Auction Valuations


    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.

  • Dominique Sacchi

    Senior Specialist, Watches & Jewelry

  • Aditya Julka

    Co-Founder


    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.

  • Susan Cernek

    Chief Marketing Officer

  • 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.

  • Melissa Caspary

    Marketing Coordinator

  • Synae Whang

    Client Services Senior Manager

  • Lane Brenner

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • Vivian Brodie

    Head of Emerging Contemporary


    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.

  • Sarah Bencic

    Manager, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • Anastasia Standa

    Head of House


    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.

  • Kate Duggan

    West Coast Director, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • David Trujillo

    Junior Specialist, West Coast

  • Jessica Van Den Brand

    Benelux Region Representative

  • Stephen Francis

    Production Designer

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Simone Shields

    Junior Cataloguer

  • Joslin van Arsdale

    Photography Specialist

  • Jumarie Lopez

    Special Projects Logistics Manager

  • Kim Dumo

    Designer

  • 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.

  • Ashley Leutner

    Associate Director, Benefit Auctions


    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.

  • Steve Vera

    Manager, Event Ops

  • Alexandra Lambert

    Manager, Client Development

  • Flora de Tourney

    Head Cataloguer

  • Rebecca Bates

    Associate Editor

  • Samantha Krupnick

    Business Development Director, Benefit Auctions

  • 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.

  • Becca Gotch

    CRM Administrator, Tech

  • Caitlin Graham

    Pop Culture & Vintage Film Posters, Europe & Middle East


    Caitlin comes to Paddle8 from Christie's, London, where she specialized in Pop Culture and Vintage Film Posters. She holds a BA from the University of Leeds.

    Caitlin collects rock and film posters and vintage clothing.

Sophie Salamon

Junior Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

Sophie joins Paddle8 with experience in emerging art and corporate collections management, having worked at Galerie NEU, Berlin and the European Investment Bank. She studied at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Ellis Kelleher

Specialist

New York

Petra Kwan

Head of Prints & Multiples

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.

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.

Joslin van Arsdale

Photography Specialist

Los Angeles

María García-Lubén Ibán

Junior Specialist

New York

Caitlin Graham

Pop Culture & Vintage Film Posters, Europe & Middle East

London

Caitlin comes to Paddle8 from Christie's, London, where she specialized in Pop Culture and Vintage Film Posters. She holds a BA from the University of Leeds.

Dominique Sacchi

Senior Specialist, Watches & Jewelry

New York

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.

Shea Goli

Junior 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.

Anastasia Standa

Head of House

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

Head of Emerging Contemporary

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.

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.

Alan Zeng

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Aditya Julka

Co-Founder

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

Co-Founder

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.