Speaker(s): Karen Boyer, Sam Pugatch, James Kober

Bad Collector – A Primer on What Not to Do


Please join our panel of industry experts as they discuss the “don’ts” of starting, building and protecting an art collection.

Think it could never happen to you? Our experts illustrate with real-world stories aimed to help all levels of collector improve their knowledge of their passion.

In attending this session, guests will learn about:

  • Practical advice to better develop and protect your collection
  • The expertise in the art world available to you
  • How to make a profit by damaging priceless works of art
  • How a 35-ton sculpture can be dangerous
  • Why not everyone is qualified to move works of art


Karen Boyer

Karen Boyer is a former hedge-fund executive who studied art history at the Sorbonne and later turned her love of New York’s galleries and emerging art scene into a successful art advisory business, Elements in Play. Working with both beginning and experienced collectors, Karen facilitates the development and refinement of her clients’ styles and tastes through her expertise in the art...

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Sam Pugatch

In his current position as Director of Business Development for the Fine Art Department at DeWitt Stern, Sam is responsible for overseeing a number of premier accounts as well as developing marketing and sales strategies for continued growth. He has created initiatives including an automated online program for insurance targeting the rare book market and a post-Sandy flood insurance program for...

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James Kober

James Kober brings more than 20-years experience as a Publishing executive and technology innovator. James enjoys leading teams and implementing innovative solutions that move business forward. He has a proven track record for anticipating new technology solutions prior to wide acceptance in the marketplace and he’s been an early adopter of cloud technology. A frequent speaker at Digital...

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