Michael got his M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 1984 at Loyola University. Some of Michael’s recognitions include an April 2007 publication in Coinworld and Numismatic News for discovery of location of John Reich’s signature on Federal era coins among others. Michael has been working in the Mental Health field with MR Adults, ED Adolescents, Seriously mentally ill adults and adults with mental illness and substance abuse for 32 years. He is a 47 years tournament chess player and tournament director, reaching highest level of direction in US (National TD) and World Chess Federation (International Arbiter). Michael has a strong past interest in Fresh and Saltwater Aquariums and was also on his High School and College Tennis team.
Brian’s life has revolved around the Alex Cooper family business. Brian graduated from Towson University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He jumped full-time into the business upon graduation, yet he continued his education in order to stay ahead of the curve. He received the Certified Auctioneers Institute designation (CAI),the Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation (GPPA), and Certified Estate Specialist (CES) designation through the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). Brian’s knowledge base is extensive, covering all areas of the fine and decorative arts field, as well as business assets. He is the primary contact for all types of evaluations.
Over the three years at the Certified Auctioneers Institute in Bloomington, IN, Brian received both the Pat Massart Award for Best Auction Proposal and the Rose Award for Best Auction Summary.
Paul has spent a lifetime in the auction business. Shortly after graduating from Georgetown University’s Business School, he passed the CPA exam. Since then he has focused his time on expanding all aspects of Alex Cooper. In addition to being a licensed Realtor, he also has a certified general license for real estate appraising. Paul is an expert in the field of real estate having participated in thousands of commercial, multi-family, industrial and residential auction sales throughout Maryland and Washington DC over the course of 40+ years. In addition, a major focus of his is expanding Alex Cooper’s fine arts auctions. When he is not working hard to improve business, you will find him spending time with his family, on the golf course, or traveling.
Brooke has been working in the luxury consignment industry for five years. Prior to joining the Alex Cooper team, she graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. Today, Brooke specializes in luxury handbag authentication, with the distinct knowledge of brands such as Chanel, Goyard, Dior, Gucci and Hermès. She has a Digital Marketing Certification from Business of Fashion, and is a member of the Luxury Handbag Group, for experienced professionals in the luxury handbag industry. Brooke’s desire for knowledge and collecting, has taken her around the world. In her free time, you can find Brooke at the barn riding horses.
Abigail purchased her first designer handbag on 5th Avenue at the age of thirteen. She spent months researching the designer, style and details, down to the stitches and fastenings. Upon entering the store that day she saw and felt the unmatched level of craftsmanship and creativity, and she knew this was an enduring calling. Since then, Abigail expanded her keen eye for beauty and excellent design with a degree in Communication and Graphic Design from Lynchburg College. After more than eight years of professional product marketing and design experience, Abigail brings her expertise in luxury accessories to Alex Cooper Auctioneers as a Luxury Handbag and Accessory Authenticator.
Heather has been working in the world of Interior Design in one capacity or another throughout her career. Having worked at both sides of the design relationship – Vendor and Designer, she truly understands the ins and out of what makes a productive and pleasant relationship between the two. She has ongoing informative and lively conversations with Alex Cooper’s vendors and scouting new trends and potential lines; All leading to new fun developments in the months ahead! Heather’s love of design and rare finds has her searching high and low all over Baltimore, and online, for that one of a kind piece, be it in furniture or fashion. When not at work, Heather loves laughing with friends, spending time with her dog, and trying new restaurants.
Kathleen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in 1991 and went on to further her studies in Art and Design at the American College of Art in Atlanta. Prior to joining Alex Cooper as the Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, Kathleen was the Founder and Creative Director of a successful art consulting firm, K. Hamill Art, which focused on promoting and selling the work of Baltimore artists. At Alex Cooper she created an initiative to present, promote and feature underrepresented artists at auction. Kathleen is currently serving her second term as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Art Place as well as serving as a liaison on their Program Advisory Committee and has been featured in Baltimore Magazine and Mutual Art. She is currently developing an art based non-profit focusing on underserved children in Baltimore City which is slated to launch fall of 2020. Kathleen lives with her photographer fiancé, two dogs, a cat with thumbs and two almost grown children who have no interest in art.
Lisa graduated from Baylor University in 1990 with a BA in French and Art History. Lisa has been working in the auction market for over 15 years. Currently, her responsibilities include representing Alex Cooper in the Washington, DC area, generating and securing new business, researching, cataloguing and participating in the auctions. Lisa is a published author and lecturer “Politics, Patriotism and Protest Movements: An Evolving Relationship Between Women and Their Undergarments.” Lisa’s parents are retired teachers, artists and natural collectors and she blames them for her unusual collecting tastes. They also instilled in her a quest for adventure and knowledge. She travels as frequently as possible. She lived in France and speaks fluent French.
John’s previous education includes the Maryland Institute, College of Art BFA, where he majored in General Fine Arts and minored in Art History. John studied abroad in Florence, Italy for two semesters in college, and is now married with two kids.
Selden Jones Morgan is a Baltimore native and graduate of Garrison Forest School in 1990. Selden works in luxury jewelry in Baltimore and is currently Director of Fine Jewelry at Alex Cooper where she specializes in meeting with clients and evaluating their family heirlooms for auction. Selden uses her years of experience and gemological degrees to set Alex Cooper apart from other jewelry divisions at Alex Cooper. Selden and her husband Matt are proud parents of 2 boys, Will and Harris as well as 2 rambunctious dogs. Selden is an avid sports fan, lover of all Baltimore sports.
James is second generation in the business. He has expertise in Chinese Export porcelain, American furniture, Toys and collectibles. He has been in the antiques business for close to 30 years, mentored by some of the best collectors and dealers in the field. James consistently attends shows, museums, lectures to understand relevance of the antique business. James loves the satisfaction of bringing in choice estates that produce excellent results. He started off selling antique windup phonographs and 78 RPM records when he was young. James started in this field as a teenager, and will die in this field.