MEET OUR STAFF
ALBERT SCAGLIONE, Founder & CEO
Albert Scaglione founded Park West Gallery in 1969 and is its Chief Executive Officer. Albert is as passionate about people as he is about art. Before founding Park West, Albert began his career as a mechanical engineering sciences college professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Albert’s vision of a new way of bringing art to the world has been transformational, with over one million customers now able to enjoy the experience of collecting artwork through his ingenious efforts. Albert’s door is always open to his staff, friends and the community. In 2006, Albert and his wife Mitsie established the Park West Foundation, allowing them to give back to many in the local community through outreach programs, charitable events and an unwavering commitment to family preservation and education.
MITSIE SCAGLIONE, Corporate Secretary
Mitsie, Albert’s wife, has been at his side since Park West Gallery’s founding and, like her husband, she’s involved from top to bottom. She’s a hard working and caring person, greatly respected for her wisdom, experience, warmth and compassion. Everyone’s favorite location in the Southfield headquarters is Mitsie’s office, where the candy bowl is always full and everyone can stop by for a chat and a sweet. As the Executive Director of the Park West Foundation, Mitsie has created a dynamic organization that touches the lives of underprivileged young women in the Detroit area, all of whom lovingly refer to her as “Grandma.”
MARC SCAGLIONE, President of Park West Gallery
As President of Park West Gallery, Marc works closely with the company’s cruise ship art auction operations, as well as the merchandising, inventory, shipping, receiving and client services departments. Marc enjoys working to find new artists, artwork and acquisitions, and interacting with artists and collectors. By cruising with collectors and artists on a regular basis, he’s been able to gain a unique perspective and understand the necessities of both. He particularly enjoys bringing artists and collectors together. Marc has an abundance of anecdotes about his experiences with artists from all over the world which he loves to share with others.
NICKY YANKE, Vice President, Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources for Park West Gallery, Nicky finds her work to be both challenging and rewarding. She’s responsible for negotiation, implementation and administration of employee benefits plans, is involved with the daily implementation and coordination of staff training, and handles all personal interaction with employees concerning HR matters, in both Michigan and Florida. Nicky frequently travels to coordinate orientation seminars and she administrates the company’s insurance programs. Nicky also oversees travel budgets and itineraries for artists, agents, contractors and vendors associated with all Park West companies.
JOHN KARAY, Senior Vice President of Operations
John oversees the day-to-day operations of internal and external movement of all artwork in and out of the Miami Lakes fulfillment center. This immense responsibility involves moving art collections all over the world under the inherent challenges with inventory, security and conservation that are present every day. John is also involved in administrating the Park West compliance department.
MORRIS SHAPIRO, Gallery Director
As Gallery Director, Morris (familiarly known as “Morry”) is intricately involved in a number of Park West’s daily operations, including training new and existing art auctioneers; writing and production of print, web and video content about Park West’s art collections and artists; the direction and implementation of various marketing initiatives; supervising of Park West’s research team; interacting with the public to present Park West’s collections; and assisting customers with their acquisitions.
MARIA MARSH, Director of Shipboard Operations
As Director of Shipboard Operations for Park West Florida, Maria serves as the main point of contact for the organization’s fine art auctions aboard luxury cruise ships, ensuring that our cruise line partners and auctioneers receive the ultimate level of service and support. Maria’s responsibilities include providing key communications to senior staff; building and maintaining relationships with cruise line management; reinforcing compliance policies and procedures; liaising with the logistics department; supervising the training staff; support and travel arrangements of onboard auctioneers; and overseeing programming and promotions for the auctions.
CHARLIE CARTAYA, Director of Plant Operations of Park West Florida
Charlie brings more than 30 years of domestic and international manufacturing and distributing experience to Park West Gallery. As Director of Plant Operations, he oversees the operations of the Miami Lakes Fulfillment Center applying best practice strategies to improve shipping operations so artwork can be in the hands of our collectors quickly and efficiently.
LUIS NAVARRO, Plant Manager of Park West Florida
As Plant Manager of Park West Florida, Luis coordinates a myriad of operations, including overseeing Park West’s framing services; managing framing material inventories; handling equipment and facilities maintenance; tracking inventory to and from the Florida facility throughout the world; tracking daily performance levels of production; and executing budgetary evaluations. Amidst all of this, Luis maintains a solid positive approach, and is well respected by his colleagues and team members.
LISA HERSHBERGER, Gallery Sales Associate
Lisa is the “warm voice on the other end of the phone” at Park West Gallery. With extensive experience and expertise in the art business, Lisa has served thousands of customers in matching their needs and preferences to just that “right” work of art. She coordinates international and gallery sales, acting as art consultant for collectors who visit the gallery, call by phone or email.
MAUREEN DIPAOLA, Controller
As controller for Park West, Maureen analyzes and controls all accounting and financial records, and manages the company’s financial operations. In addition to daily interactions with her staff, over the years Maureen has built strong relationships with Park West’s artists, vendors, bankers and management teams. Her easy-going, pleasant manner and expertise were honed through years of experience accompanied by major technological changes, and have been an important factor in achieving the company’s objectives.