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Chief Executive Officer
Albert Scaglione is the founder and chief executive officer of Park West Gallery®, Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery® is based in Southfield, Mich., with an affiliate location in Miami, Fla. Park West Gallery® conducts fine art auctions throughout the United States and Canada, and its affiliate company, Park West®, conducts art auctions aboard cruise ships around the world.
As with most people, Scaglione arrived where he is in life through several twists and turns. After completing his doctorate, he began his career in 1967 teaching mechanical engineering sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit. At the time, his research to solve the problem of how to land an astronaut on Mars without burning up and the co-related issue of providing a solution to the heat shield problems associated with the development of a S.S. Supersonic Transport (SST), was heavily underwritten by NASA.
When these projects were abandoned by the government, Scaglione left in 1969 rather than work on secret Government projects that utilized his skills in magneto hydrodynamics, not however in interplanetary travel or supersonic transport, but in weapons delivery systems. He went into the art auction business at the suggestion of a friend, who saw it as the future of collecting. As a teenager, Scaglione spent a summer working in a relative's gallery and loved everything about it, from the framing and crating of artwork to the sales. In the late 60's and early 70's, success came when he met Peter Max and became one of his most important art dealers. Shortly thereafter in the 70's in Paris, he met Yaacov Agam, considered to be the father of the kinetic art movement, and Victor Vasarely, one of the developers of Op art, and also became one of their most important art dealers. His further successes in the 70's came when, by working directly with their prime dealers in Europe, he introduced the works of Maurits Escher, Marc Chagall, and Joan Miro to a much larger segment of the American Public. Since its establishment, Park West Gallery® has provided fine artwork of the highest quality to over 1 million clients around the world.
Scaglione is deeply committed to serving his community. The Park West Gallery Foundation® formed in 2006 to provide a range of services for children and families in the form of foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption. The Park West Gallery Foundation® is also involved with numerous organizations committed to strengthening positive values and leadership in communities around the world.
Scaglione currently resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan with his wife, Mitsie. Mitsie and two of their adult children, Marc Scaglione and Nicky Yanke, also work at the Park West Gallery® offices in Southfield.