Personal Property Consultants, Inc. is a family-owned business established in 1994 as an Estate Specialty Firm.
Lynn Magnusson, President, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers with a specialty designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts.
Ms. Magnusson received her Certified Appraiser designation in Personal Property from the Appraisers Association of America.
She has a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University, has completed the NYU Certificate Program in Appraisal Studies, and has taken and passed all the valuation, research, analysis, report writing and legal practice courses of the American Society of Appraisers at George Washington University. She maintains her accreditations by completing at least 100 educational hours every 5 years.
Ms. Magnusson has also successfully completed a 15-hour course with examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 2013 Edition, the congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by the Appraisal Foundation.
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Drew Magnusson, Vice President and Senior Appraiser, has successfully owned and operated his own businesses since 1979 and frequently conducts Treasure Days for groups such as non-profit associations, downsizers, and senior living groups.
Mr. Magnusson has successfully completed a 15-hour course with examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 2013 Edition, the congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by the Appraisal Foundation.
Leslie Picinich, Office Manager, has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been with PPC since 2001.
John Viebrock, Appraiser's Assistant, is working towards his Masters degree in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University. He has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Kutztown University. His interests include history and archaeology.
Lauren Magnusson, Lauren been a part of Personal Property Consultants since it's inception, learning about the business of art and antiques. She graduated Rutgers University with a double major in History and Political Science and is studying antique and art connoisseurship at NYU. She is the firm's financial manager and the Project Manager of Magnusson Estate Sales.
Kelly Grimm Knowlton, Appraiser, has most recently been a Principal Auctioneer at the Cleveland Auction Company. She was previously an Auctioneer Appraiser at Metropolitan Galleries and Wolf's Auctioneers in Ohio. A Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraiser, Kelly has studied at Pratt, has a Master of Fine Arts, History from Cleveland State University and a Certificate (Material Culture) from Sotheby's Institute in London. She maintains current USPAP.
David Wolf, Master Gemologist, is a third generation gemologist and a published expert on Reproduction versus Antique Diamonds, Gemstones and Jewelry. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), he earned their prestigious Master Gemologist Appraiser designation in 1995. Mr. Wolf has been a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America since 1985.
Donna Thompson Ray, Associate Appraiser, is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers. Her areas of expertise are African, Caribbean and African-American Art and Photography. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
Ms. Thompson Ray is a former fine art photographer and gallery manager (London, UK). She has published articles on collecting and appraising fine art, and African-American art & photography.
Laurel A. Porcelli, Appraiser, has worked for appraisal firms, auction houses, and galleries throughout the New York Metropolitan Region. She is an Accredited Member of The Appraisers Association of America, with a concentration in 20th Century Furniture, Decorative Arts and Design. She holds a BS in Design from Philadelphia University and is a graduate of the Appraisal Studies Program at NYU.