Antiques Young Gun of the Year Judging Panel

Doris Athineos, art & antiques editor of Traditional Home

LaGina Austin, director of appraisal and auction services at Skinner, Inc.

L AustinAs Director of Appraisal and Auction Services for Skinner, LaGina Austin leads Skinner’s efforts to assist clients interested in consigning property for auction. She also directs appraisal services, assisting clients in need of various types of appraisals, including Fair Market Value Appraisals, Replacement Value Appraisals, and auction estimates.

As an experienced generalist appraiser and auctioneer, LaGina evaluates and brings to auction a wide range of material, including American and European antiques, fine art, jewelry, ephemera and collectibles. In her former role as a Specialist in the Skinner Americana department, she also took part in Skinner’s “Appraisal Days” for various benefit causes, identifying what turned out to be a $250,000 painting during her very first Appraisal Day!

Prior to Skinner, LaGina ran the Eclectic Auction department at Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Ohio. She also served as an editor for the Antique Review covering antiques shows and auctions throughout the country.

A native of the South, LaGina grew up working in her parents’ antiques shop and auction business, doing everything from running the store to clerking at auctions, eventually auctioneering at sales during her college years. She particularly enjoys Americana, needlework and handcrafted textiles, and art pottery.
LaGina serves as auctioneer for various benefit auctions and is on the board of overseers of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Lyon College in Arkansas, and a master of arts in history from the University of Central Arkansas. She received training as an auctioneer at the Missouri Auction School.


AllisAllis Ghim, CEO at Bidsquare

Allis is the President and CEO of Bidsquare, a curated online auction platform where you can find and bid real time on one of a kind fine art and antiques from trusted auction houses.  Allis has over +10 years of ecommerce experience including 1stdibs and eBay in a number of US and International roles. Allis started her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in NYC.

Allis is a Fulbright Scholar and has an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon in Industrial Management with a minor in Information Systems.



MarkMark Hill, owner of Mark Hill Publishing and one of the founders of AYG
Mark Hill was a specialist in the collectors departments at Bonhams and Sotheby’s in London before joining an internet company where he became a director, forming and running its ground-breaking alliance with eBay Live Auctions. He is now an author, publisher, TV presenter, and dealer in postwar Czech glass.

His publishing company, Mark Hill Publishing Ltd, specialises in producing ground-breaking and innovative books on new areas in 20thC design and decorative arts. He is the co-author of the bi-annual international Miller’s Collectables Price Guides, and also writes regular columns for The Daily Mail and Homes & Antiques magazine.

Mark is an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, and has appeared on the BBC 20th Century Roadshow and Priceless Antiques Roadshow. He was also co-presenter of BBC Two’s landmark primetime antiques and interior design shows Cracking Antiques, Antiques Uncovered and Collectaholics.

He is also a member of the vetting committee for major international fairs including the Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair, the BADA Fair, and Antiques For Everyone.
Mark has lectured at prestigious locations across the world (including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto), and has also contributed to innumerable newspapers, magazines, and radio programmes.

He is a Trustee of the charitable Glass Association, a Patron of the King’s Lynn Arts Centre, a Freeman of the City of London Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers & Collectors, and a Freeman of the City of London.


Tom_webTom Johnson, founder, president and CEO of Ruby Lane, Inc.

As Founder, President, and CEO of the Ruby Network (Ruby Lane, RubyLUX, Real or Repro), Tom Johnson is a veteran of the technology industry and an e-commerce innovator whose career spans 30 years. A skilled programmer with keen business savvy, his career began with a classic IBM assignment in Tokyo, Japan where he worked closely with clients such as Nissan, Sony, Toyota, and Honda followed by work in Germany, London, and Detroit.

A love of collecting 1950’s California pottery led to his vision of a unique website catering to antiques and collectibles. Combining his passion for vintage with his high-tech background, Tom created Ruby Lane in 1998 and named the site in honor of his mother Ruby.

A visionary and phenomenon in today’s Internet world, Tom has defied the frenzy of venture capital backed start-ups by organically building several groundbreaking platforms. His dedication, drive, and vision have kept Ruby Lane at the forefront of ecommerce where it stands as the world’s largest curated marketplace for vintage and antiques.

Tom graduated with top honors from the University of Minnesota, with a B.S. in Computer Science, with a Minor degree in Mathematics and Music. He splits his time between New York City, San Francisco, and Naples, Florida with his husband and their dog Cody.


Leigh Keno & Leslie Keno, co-president of Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions and president of Leigh Keno Inc. (Leigh), co-president of Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions and president of Leslie Keno Art Advisory (Leslie), “2000 Hidden Treasures” co-authors, television personalities, and historic automobile judges and preservationists.   


Gail McLeod, owner of Antiques News and Fairs and one of the founders of AYG
They say that the best ideas are sometimes the most obvious and I had the honor in 2012 of finding the lively coven of young dealers on Twitter who would become the bedrock of the thrilling new movement of Antiques Young Guns. Among the core group of original Young Guns were my colleagues Mark Hill and George Johnson who have founded this web site with me.

I quickly noticed that this handful of young dealers on Twitter were helping each other by exchanging knowledge and lively banter.  I was also very much aware through my own business, as owner of Antiques News and Fairs, that the vital and hard won expert knowledge held by existing members of the antiques trade could naturally expire without enough fresh young blood to join this heritage industry which is subject to so many changes in both the fashion and economic landscapes.

So, I have earned my stripes to appear on the Antiques Young Guns web site and will from my lofty position of more than twenty years in the trade, continue to promote these enthusiastic and hardworking bright young things who have in many cases sacrifced steady incomes to take their chance in this mercurial trade.  The future of the antiques trade is in their hands!


PeterPeter Wunsch, president of the Wunsch Americana Foundation
Peter Wunsch is President of Wunsch Americana Foundation and CEO of WEA Enterprises Co. Inc.

WEA is a family business started in 1918 and Wunsch is the third generation of leadership, having joined WEA in 1982 and became an officer of Wunsch Americana Foundation in 1989.

WAF is dedicated to supporting preservation and growth of early American antiquities and growth in the field. The Foundation has lending, sharing, gifting relationships with many institutions throughout the United States and sponsors an annual award presented to individuals, institutions and causes that embrace the spirit of collegial efforts to support the field.