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Bad Collector – A Primer on What Not to Do
Speaker(s): Albina de Meio, James Kober, Karen Boyer, Sam Pugatch
Recorded at: Art New York 2015

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.

Talk Details

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

Speaker Details


Albina de Meio

Albina De Meio is Director of Client Services for Crozier Fine Arts, a New York City based art logistics company serving the needs of artists, designers, galleries, collectors, museums and cultural organizations. As Director of Client Services, Ms. De Meio oversees a specialized group of project managers who assist clients with a broad range of services including collection and delivery of artworks, packing and crating, domestic and international shipping, site-specific installations, coordinating all aspects of touring exhibitions. Prior to joining Crozier, Ms. De Meio has worked directly with artists, collectors and a broad range of arts organizations including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Guggenheim Museum, The New-York Historical Society, American Federation of Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Storm King Art Center and the Peter Beard Studio. She organized a series of lectures on museum management for the Contemporary Art Summer Seminar in Kyushu, Japan. As Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Museum Studies Graduate Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) she developed and taught the core curricula courses in Museum Collections Management and Exhibition Theory, Planning and Design.

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 fine art businesses. Before joining DeWitt Stern in 2007, Sam began his career with Sterling and Sterling, Inc., an insurance brokerage in Woodbury, New York in 2004.  As an Account Executive, Sam was responsible for handling large commercial Entertainment and Non-Profit related risks.

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in 2004.  In 2008 he completed a Masters of Business Administration concentrating on Risk Management and Insurance from St. John’s University.  In 2013 and 2014, Sam was recognized with the Power Broker: 40 Under 40 award and in 2014 as a Power Broker in the Fine Art category by Risk & Insurance Magazine.


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 Asset Management conferences, his work has been published in various publications and trade magazines. Educated at Queens College, CUNY, Kober holds degrees in English Literature and Music. Born and raised on Long Island, he continues to live there with his wife and two children.


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 market and knowledge of blue-chip and emerging artists. She is sought after for her skill in successfully blending both scholarship and investment in building an art collection. A background in finance and law gives her familiarity and comfort in working with high-net-worth buyers and sellers. Karen has been featured and interviewed in publications covering the market, including artnet News, Artspace, Private Asset Management, Worth and, most recently, Barron’s. Karen is based in New York City and covers the market internationally.

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