CHICAGO – Hindman has promoted Alyssa D. Quinlan to the role of chief executive officer (CEO). She steps into the leadership role after three highly successful years as chief business development officer, a period in which Hindman increased annual sales by 43%. In 2022, the company recorded its highest-ever annual sales total and expanded its presence to New York, its 16th location in the U.S.
Quinlan brings 25 years of diversified experience in private banking, wealth management and fine art appraisals to the CEO role. Early in her career she led business development at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago before moving on to leadership roles at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Gurr Johns, the global art advisory and appraisal firm. She returned to the auction sector in 2019, joining a newly re-launched Hindman, created from the merger of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and Cowan’s Auctions. She is the second woman to serve as Hindman’s CEO, following in the footsteps of her mentor Ms. Hindman, who broke barriers for women in the industry when she founded the Chicago-based auction house 40 years ago.
Jay Krehbiel, co-chairman and CEO of Hindman since 2018, appointed Quinlan as his successor as CEO. He moves into a new position as executive chairman, where he will continue to advise and support the company’s growth strategy, technology initiatives and recruitment efforts in key markets.
In her new capacity, Quinlan oversees strategy and day-to-day operations for Hindman, which specializes in providing full-spectrum appraisal and auction services to private collectors, estates and cultural institutions. Hindman conducts more than 140 live and online auctions annually in all major fine art and luxury collecting categories, serving buyers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Sales in 2022 reached a company record high of $100 million, continuing a multi-year trend of steady organic growth.
“Early in my career, Leslie Hindman taught me the importance of a client-centric approach to business, and it has remained a cornerstone of my career over the last 25 years, whether in wealth management, appraisal services or fine art and auctions,” said Quinlan. “I am honored to now lead Hindman into its fifth decade as a company, with an unwavering commitment to our clients, supported by a talented team of 175 professionals around the country.”