Martin Codina/Founder CEO
Martin Codina is the founder of Fine Estate, Inc. He has helped clients in the Bay Area reach their personal property sales goals since 1996. As the author of the popular book on the subject (Liquidate an Estate - Krause Publications) he made his many years of experience available as information, tactics and strategies, empowering families from every walk of life to make their best decisions concerning the sale of their property. He has the privilege and distinction of being the Founding Chair, of the National Estate Sales Association, NESA.
Valetta Ciarla is our CFO and Principal. She is directly involved with the day to day operations of Fine Estate and has been our Co-Leader since 2008. Before coming to Fine Estate, she started several successful Businesses in San Francisco. Her steadfastness, client care and clear thinking guides our growth with client and customer satisfaction. Valetta is a Founding Member of NESA.
For Valetta the goal is not just to sell personal property, but to also be of service to people who are in a transitional time in their lives.
Julie Nguyen/Senior Director
Julie Nguyen is at the heart and center of Fine Estate. She mobilizes teams to accomplishes our commitment to client based outcomes with dignity, patience and ability. She has the distinction of being a Cal State Long Beach graduate in the field of Consumer Sciences. She honed her considerable skills working and managing different departments for major retail fashion companies. Her skills at sales, customer service, and visual merchandising have been key to her effective staff training successes. She is in every way a client centered, proactive and confident team leader.
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Mariam Whitten/Managing Director
Mariam Whitten brings over 20 years of auction house experience to Fine Estate, Inc. Her career began as the front desk manager of Butterfield & Butterfield and then Director of Internet Services for the reorganized Butterfields. After Bonhams purchased Butterfields she was promoted to the position of Director of Business Administration, and then to Vice President of Operations. Most recently, she held the position of Managing Director at Clars Auction Gallery overseeing their operations. Mariam is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and attended St. Marys’ College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Holly Anderson, our Jewelry Specialist, brings over 25 years experience in the jewelry industry to Fine Estate, having worked as an appraiser, consultant, in wholesale and recently, at Michaan’s Auctions. She has conducted evaluation clinics both in-house for auction and off-site for several Bay Area galleries. Holly is as passionate about antique jewelry as she is about gemstones and keeping up with the latest discoveries in the dynamic field of Gemology. Holly holds a Graduate Gemologist degree from The Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, California.
Harry Huang/Asian Art Specialist
Harry Huang is the Asian Art Specialist at Fine Estate, with nearly a decade of experience in the auction industry. Harry was previously the Asian Art appraiser at Michaan’s Auctions where he spearheaded the department in conducting monthly and numerous semi-annual Asian Art specific auctions with tremendous results. Harry holds a Master of Letters degree in Art History from Christie’s Education, London accredited by the University of Glasgow, and he is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Emily Baer/Furniture and Decorative Arts
Emily brings to Fine Estate, Inc. a wealth of decorative arts knowledge and experience. A California native, Emily was born and raised in Mill Valley. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to earn her undergraduate degree, a double major in Art History with a concentration in the decorative arts and material culture as well as Jewish Studies. While attending college, Emily interned for Christie's at their San Francisco office and after graduation went to NYC where she interned in their European Decorative Arts department and eventually ran their auction estimates department.
Patricia Ackerman/Furniture and Decorative Arts
Patricia Ackerman is a Generalist Appraiser and Auctioneer at Fine Estate. Previously, she worked at Bonhams International Auction House as a Furniture and Decorative Specialist and as an Auctioneer. She conducted auction evaluations both in-house and off site at appraisal clinics, catalogued property for the Fine Furniture and Decorative Art auctions and appraised works for Estate Tax and Insurance purposes. A San Francisco native, Patricia studied Art History at San Francisco State University and is also ASA and USPAP certified.
Heiko Adler/Collectibles - Mid-Century:
Heiko Adler is at ease when surrounded by collectibles, vintage records, old toys, antique fishing gear as well as gold jewelry and silver flatware. He also is our go to Mid-Century Modern expert, keen on correctly identifying rare and obscure masters of Scandinavian Furniture. His knowledge base is encyclopedic and his passion for discovery acute.
Ilena Andrews/Business Admin
Ilena Andrews started her career in the auction business in September of 1998 at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked in the Client Services Department of Bonhams International Auction House for over 14 years, expanding her responsibilities to include operations, event management and supervision of staff. Ilena's current role at Fine Estate is as Business Manager, overseeing client services, assisting with auction day operations and account managing clients. She always looks forward to assisting Fine Estate clients, whether they be buyer or sellers.
Eric Campbell/Auction Inventory Controller
Eric Campbell serves as inventory controller and receiver at Fine Estate. He has an extensive background in retail sales management and years of experience handling antiques, decorative arts and books. Eric earned a BA in Biology from Austin College, spent time as a filmmaker at the SF Art Institute and most recently received a Printing & Graphic Design Certificate from SF City College.
Michael Perrin/ Showroom Manager
Michael Perrin is our multi talented fix or build anything as needed Logistics and Landing Manager. His varied building experience comes from years in the building trades. His careful moving skills were earned working side by side with moving industry veterans. He is as comfortable packing and moving a clients home as he is capable of stylishly staging their property for an upcoming sale. He is dedicated forthright and honest. On sale days, you will find Michael assisting customers, carefully wrapping purchases and assisting them to their cars.
Our auction gallery is expertly staffed with experienced specialist who each have successfully brought to market many items of significant value.
Our Estate Consignment Showroom Sales are highly anticipated, extraordinarily popular, and very well attended. Over 1,000 shoppers monthly over a 3 day weekend!