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Roberta Kramer
Managing Director, Chicago
RobertaK@ha.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1759
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Roberta Kramer, General Manager, Chicago, is a 25-year veteran of the art and antiques world. Before beginning her career in auctions, she spent two years curating for the Ben Uri Art Society in London. Returning stateside, Roberta served as Gallery Director for J. Rosenthal Fine Art until her interest in Continental Antiques led her to a management position at Rita Bucheit, Ltd. In 1992, with her extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Roberta started her auction career at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an account executive. In 1995, after taking a leave to found the Antiques Center at Kinzie Square, she was named Consignment Director of newly formed Chicago auction house, Susanins Auctions. While at Susanins she also managed the appraisal department and served as principal auctioneer alongside Sean Susanin. In 2001 she founded Roberta Kramer & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in appraisals and art consulting. A recognized USPAP compliant appraiser and auctioneer, Roberta has served as a charity auctioneer for numerous charities and has been a frequent contributor to Art & Antiques Magazine.  

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Rudy Aronoff
Director of Operations, Chicago
RudyA@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1981
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Rudy graduated from Albion College with a degree in Art History and Printmaking. Among his studies, Rudy spent a semester in New York City interning at the Whitney Museum in the department of Rights and Reproductions and at Larissa Goldston Gallery/ULAE.  While at Albion, Rudy assisted the Chair of the Art Department after a large water pipe break resulted in significant damage to the College’s print collection.  Roberta Kramer was the appraiser assigned to the claim and in his final two summers of college, he interned at Roberta Kramer & Associates while also working at Susanin’s Auctions.  Rudy became Roberta’s full time Operations Manager in 2013 and he joins her in running Heritage’s new Chicago office.

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Roxana Uskali
Director of Numismatics, Chicago
RoxanaU@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1282
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Roxana Uskali, the Director of Numismatics for Heritage Auctions’ Chicago office, started collecting coins like many of you — as a youngster who frequented a local coin and stamp shop in her neighborhood. She went on to graduate cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, receiving degrees in world history, theology, and piano performance before pairing her diverse academic background and her love of traveling into a career in professional numismatics. Roxana spent nine years working as the principal world coin numismatist for the prestigious Chicago firm Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., and more recently her own company, KRCoins. Over the last several years, she has helped catalog Heritage’s world coin auctions while also frequently attending major coin shows around the U.S. and abroad. In addition to being a member of the ANA, the IBNS, and the CSNS, Roxana also produces coin-related videos called Coincasts.

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Ruth Thuston
Director, Fine Jewelry, Chicago
RuthT@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1929
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Ruth Thuston, who joined Heritage Auctions’ Chicago office as Director of Fine Jewelry, brings a wide range of jewelry experience to her position. Providing wise and fair service to clients who choose to sell their jewelry assets is of utmost importance to Ruth. For more than a decade she directed the Chicago office of CIRCA, an international company that buys and resells antique, period and estate jewelry, during which she facilitated the selling process for thousands of clients. Earlier in her career, she channeled her passion for jewelry and her clients who own it by helping them find the perfect item at both CD Peacock and Sidney Garber. Ruth holds a BA in Music from Albion College and a Graduate Gemologist degree from Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  She is a member and former chapter president of the Women’s Jewelry Association, (WJA), in addition to being a member of The American Society of Jewelry Historians and Chicago Jewelers Association, and sits on the boards of several charitable organizations. Ruth is also the recipient of the WJA Shining Star award in recognition of her contributions to her local WJA chapter.

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Panagiota Tsipas
Consignment Coordinator, Chicago
PanagiotaT@ha.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1175
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Chris Nerat
Cataloger - Consignment Director
ChrisN@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1615
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Chris Nerat, a Wisconsin native and one of the hobby's best known vintage Packers memorabilia experts, received his Bachelor's degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Journalism, from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2001. Starting in the sixth grade Chris has worked in almost every aspect of the hobby: dealer, card show promoter, lead card grader and first hire for SCD Authentic, Cataloger/Consignment Director for American Memorabilia, at Upper Deck Card Company in its auction division and helped start up MEARS Online Auctions. Most recently Chris was an editor/writer at Sports Collectors Digest where garnered national attention when he conducted a two-month investigation regarding fraudulent game-worn Brett Favre jerseys. His greatest personal accolade came in 2017, when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, at historic Lambeau Field.

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Matt Griffin
Consignment Director
MGriffin@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1694
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Matt attended the University of Arkansas and has over a decade of experience in the comics industry as a grader, buyer, seller, cataloger, and consignment director. He has been with Heritage since 2012 and makes frequent visits to our new Chicago office to meet with clients and evaluate collections.  

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Caitlin Guzman
Receptionist, Chicago
CaitlinG@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1202
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Bill King
Director, Animation Art, Chicago
bking@HA.com
1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)  x1602
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Before joining Heritage, Bill King was the former Director of Stay Tooned Galleries, a Midwest animation art gallery chain, and was a team member for the long-running 1990s Midwest Animation Lecture Series.  

A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he also has 25 years of experience in the graphic design and illustration field both as a Sr. Art Director for Omnicom’s Adpac Corp. and as a freelance artist/consultant to many of Chicago’s top ad agencies. In 2004, Bill and his cousin, Las Vegas Comedy Magician Mac King, created the syndicated Sunday comic feature “Mac King’s Magic in a Minute.” The strip continues to this day, distributed through Andrews McMeel Syndication and appearing online and in newspapers all over the world. He is also a member of the exclusive National Cartoonist Society, a club dedicated to the advancement of cartooning arts. Bill and his lovely wife Joetta live on Chicago’s north side.

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