Roberta Kramer, Managing Director, 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
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.
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.
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.
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 the Heritage Chicago office to meet with clients and evaluate collections.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina,
Alexandra moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Southern Methodist University, graduating with Bachelor's degrees in both Art History and World Languages with a focus on French and
Italian. While at SMU, she lived in Paris, France and worked in the Département
des Peintures at the Musée du Louvre and in the Département de la Conservation
at the Musée D’Orsay. Alexandra started working for Heritage Auctions in 2017 with roles in
both Business Development and Trusts & Estates. In March 2019, Alexandra became the Heritage Auctions Chicago Trusts & Estates Representative.
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.