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Our Story

Born in Kiev, Russia, Abraham Abell immigrated to the United States in 1907, settling in California. Shortly after his arrival in Los Angeles, A.N. Abell began his venture into the business world with the purchase of a furniture store from a family member. During World War I, Abell transformed the modest store into an auction house, changing the name to Liberty Auctions. It wasn’t until 1916 and a relocation to West Adams that the store was renamed A.N. Abell Auction Company. A husband of 55 years and a father of three children, early on A.N. Abell instilled his company with family values. Today a loyal community of buyers and sellers make their way to Abell each week where they are assisted by a family of knowledgeable professionals. Abraham Abell fostered the company for decades as President, up until his death in 1976. His eldest son, Robert Abell, and nephew Willard Schireson assumed leadership, expanding Abell into the internationally recognized company it is today.

Our Team

Don Schireson

Chief Executive Officer
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Don Schireson is the second generation of his family to work at ABELL. He began working at ABELL with his father, Willard Schireson, in 1977. Don grew up and currently resides in Brentwood and attended University High School and the University of Oregon. Don has volunteered his time and auction experience for many local charities, including the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Howard Zellman

Executive Vice President
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Howard Zellman is an experienced auctioneer and appraiser who has been involved in the Los Angeles and New York auction markets for more than 40 years. A graduate of Hollywood High School and the University of Oregon, he currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. He is a USPAP Qualified Appraiser and has been an Accredited Member of the Appraiser’s Association of America since 1976. Exhibiting annually at the Southern California Trust and Estates Planning Forum, the USC Trust and Estate and Tax Conferences, and the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), Howard is also a member of the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council and the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council.

Joe Baratta

Vice President of Business Development
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Joe Baratta joined ABELL in 2001. After growing up in Pasadena and attending Loyola High School, Joe earned a BA in art history from Boston College and a certification in Appraisal Studies from New York University. He is a USPAP-qualified appraiser and a member of the Appraisers Association of America, the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council, and the South Bay Estate Planning Council. He exhibits annually at the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), the USC Trust and Estate and Tax Conferences, the Southern California Estate Planning Forum, and the Hawaii Tax Institute.

Sean Abell

Vice President
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Sean Abell is the fourth generation of the Abell family to work at ABELL. He is the son of Barry Abell, grandson of Robert Abell, and great-grandson of the founder, A.N. Abell. Growing up in the family business, Sean has come to know and love the auction field. In 2004, Sean was given the chance to start auctioning and has never looked back. Born and raised in the city of Pasadena, Sean attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and Glendale City College.

Todd Schireson

Vice President
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Todd Schireson represents the third generation of his family to work with ABELL. A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Business/Economics, Todd resides in the Mar Vista/Venice area of West Los Angeles. He has worked with non-profit organizations conducting charity auctions and can be found on the dais for every Thursday auction.

Kathleen Rothner

Director of Specialty Sales
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Kathi Rothner has given almost 30 years of loyal service to ABELL where she enthusiastically shares her expertise of fine appointments, particularly jewelry. She has received various awards for her community service, including the PTA’s prestigious Golden Oak Award for her significant contributions to the welfare of children. Kathi currently resides in Los Angeles and devotes her spare time to advocating for her local community parks, healthy living, and recreational services.

Patrick Abell

Associate

Chilika An

Customer Service

Alex Bolanos

Warehouse Services

Steve Bray

Warehouse Services

James Campbell

Warehouse Services

Lisa Chan

Customer Service

Miguel Gonzalez

Warehouse Services

Orlando Jex

Warehouse Services

Roberto Maciel

Warehouse Services

Theautry Marshall

Warehouse Services

Saul Montiel

Warehouse Services

Jose Morales

Warehouse Services

Victor Narvaez

Warehouse Services

Arline Olague

Customer Service

Angel Osorio

Warehouse Services

Robert Salazar

Warehouse Services

Anna Stanbury

Associate

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