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

Our Team

  • Synae Whang

    Client Services Senior Manager

  • Thatcher

    Performance Artist

  • Ramsay Stirling II

    Vice President 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.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Krupnick

    Audience Development Director

  • Grace Pullin

    Client Service Coordinator

  • Michael Wooten

    Manager, Marketing Projects

  • Leslie Edwards

    Director, Client Development & 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.

  • Madeleine Lill

    Receptionist

  • Caroline Bondi

    Designer

  • Zoran Popovici

    Accounts Payable Coordinator

  • Elizabeth Milnes

    Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Jessica Van Den Brand

    Benelux Region Representative

  • Lane Brenner

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • 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.

  • Alexandra Lambert

    Manager, Client Development

  • Shawn Lisle

    Designer

  • Joe Bernardi

    Developer

  • Olivia Linville

    Auction Coordinator

  • 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.

  • Laura Brooks

    General Counsel, Operations

  • 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.

  • Julian Saenz

    Front End Developer

  • Anna Hygelund

    Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

  • Nicolas Gitton

    Business Director, Europe & Middle East


    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.

  • 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.

  • Matthew Crenshaw

    Developer


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

  • William Hughes

    Sr. Business Analyst

  • Mariel White

    Merchandise Manager, House Sales

  • Michael McClellan

    Senior Product Manager

  • 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.

  • Bethany Merryman

    HR Coordinator

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  • Kevin Altamirano

    Director of Events & Technical Operations

  • Mariél Frechette

    Senior Auction Coordinator, Private Sales


    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.

  • 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.

  • Patrick Rich

    Asst. Director, Shipping & Logistics

  • Alan Zeng

    Junior Specialist, Collectibles

  • Natasha Kaye Whiffin

    Manager, Asia Development

  • Simone Shields

    Junior Specialist

  • Audra Kiewiet de Jonge

    Specialist

  • Eddie Hautchamp

    Specialist, Europe & Middle East

  • 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.

  • Anastasia Voron

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions

  • 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).

  • Brad Suneson

    Global Finance Manager

  • Melissa Caspary

    Email Marketing Manager

  • Rebecca Lax

    Specialist, Prints & Multiples

  • Matthew Knight

    Sr. Private Sales 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.

  • Allison Hastings

    Coordinator, Benefit Auctions, Europe & Middle East

  • Jaimie Park

    Production Designer

  • Steve Perez

    IT Support, Tech Ops

  • Steve Vera

    Manager, Event Ops

  • 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.

  • Georgia McElveen

    Head of Design


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Louisa Strahl

    Business Development Director, Europe & Middle East


    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.

  • Stefany Morris

    Head of Fine Arts

  • Christy Leleck

    Director of HR

  • 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.

  • Emily Smith

    Senior Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • 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.

  • Melissa Sanvictores

    Corporate Controller

  • Stephanie Kryzak

    Shipping & Logistics Manager

  • Thomas Stimpson

    Director of Digital Marketing & Data Insights

  • 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.

  • Jenny Shepherd

    Senior 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Francis

    Production Designer

  • Esther Kendall

    Senior Client Service Coordinator

  • Reshum Panchal

    Senior Product Manager

  • Keshav Mahedru

    Strategic Market Analyst

  • Noël Shipp

    HR Assistant + Assistant to Co-Founders

  • Joslin van Arsdale

    Senior Specialist, Photography

  • George Brassey

    Developer

  • Var-Mel George

    Accounts Receivable Manager, Finance

  • Liz Gilchrist

    Director of Events

Anna Hygelund

Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art

New York

Alan Zeng

Junior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

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.

Matthew Knight

Sr. Private Sales Specialist

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.

Dean Harmeyer

Senior Specialist, Collectibles

New York

Eddie Hautchamp

Specialist, Europe & Middle East

London

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.

Rebecca Lax

Specialist, Prints & Multiples

New York

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.

Joslin van Arsdale

Senior Specialist, Photography

Los Angeles

Audra Kiewiet de Jonge

Specialist

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.