“[I]t is essential to ask for what you need,” says Alyssa D. Quinlan, the CEO of Hindman, as she spoke with WorthPoint® throughout Ladies’s Historical past Month. In our Q&A, Quinlan supplied her distinctive perspective on enterprise growth and girls in management roles.
Quinlan has sage recommendation for ladies in search of these positions, particularly these within the longtime male-dominated antiques and collectibles commerce. Now, as Hindman’s new CEO, Quinlan exemplifies the stable feminine management that has been in place on the public sale home since Leslie Hindman based the agency forty years ago. In the present day, the agency is the nation’s most profitable woman-founded public sale home.
Leslie Hindman mentored Quinlan, an act which Quinlan vastly credit her success within the enterprise towards. And her success is straightforward to witness. Quinlan capped her intensive profession in enterprise growth by serving to Hindman obtain its highest-ever annual gross sales whole in 2022, a yr after it did the identical in 2021. Throughout her three-year function as Chief Enterprise Improvement Officer, Hindman elevated its yearly gross sales by 43 % and set many information, together with a world auction record for an acrylic portray by Martin Wong.
However what challenges has Quinlan confronted all through her profession in male-led industries? What phrases does she provide girls in search of to rise by way of the ranks of their very own professions?
Learn our full interview with Quinlan beneath.
WorthPoint: What challenges have you ever confronted as a lady rising by way of management roles in a historically male-dominated commerce? How did you overcome them?
Quinlan: Having spent greater than half of my profession in asset administration and personal wealth administration, nearly all of management roles had been held by males on the time. And within the public sale and artwork advisory industries, they’re primarily male-dominated trades as effectively.
I come from a household of 4 ladies and was fortunate to have a father who always reminded my sisters and me that we might do no matter we set our minds to. Having a robust work ethic and never being afraid to ask questions was key. I additionally assume you will need to ask for what you need. It received’t occur in a single day, however in each function I’ve had, I used to be all the time what the subsequent potential function is likely to be and wasn’t afraid to ask what it might take to maneuver into the subsequent function or earn the subsequent title.
WP: How have your experiences guided enterprise growth at Hindman?
Q: Our enterprise, like many others, is relationship-based. I’ve all the time loved assembly new folks and listening to their tales. I additionally remind staff members that along with having IQ, equally as essential is having EQ or emotional intelligence. Along with being energetic listeners, you will need to be empathetic and keen to go the additional mile for our shoppers.
In my earlier function as Chief Enterprise Improvement officer, it was a pleasure to have the ability to apply all that I realized by way of how one can lead groups throughout the nation—which incorporates an distinctive group of ladies.
It’s been thrilling to get to work so intently with the Government Group, together with former CEO and now Government Chairman, Jay Krehbiel, to increase Hindman to our present sixty areas—lots of which opened over the previous decade. Studying how one can efficiently develop robust gross sales and construct an impressive staff has been important to my function at Hindman.
WP: You have got described founder Leslie Hindman as a mentor. Given her function in creating essentially the most profitable female-owned public sale home in the US, what did you be taught from her? How did she affect your profession?
Q: After I first noticed Leslie auctioneering, I used to be instantly impressed. All the pieces I realized about auctions was from Leslie—from how she interacted with shoppers and constructed the enterprise to her poise and ability on public sale day. Whereas there’s undoubtedly a variety of pleasure and a performance-like component to auctions, there’s additionally an unbelievable quantity of teamwork and preparation required. Whether or not it’s for an public sale at Hindman, or a charity occasion that I’m auctioneering for, there’s all the time lots that goes on behind the scenes.
From contemplating how essential collections might be offered to the advertising and marketing to creating positive consumers are all set for public sale day, Leslie demonstrated how one can be a robust lady chief within the public sale world. I’m perpetually indebted to Leslie for taking an opportunity on me and her willingness and endurance to show the commerce to [me].
WP: Why are girls underrepresented in management roles on this commerce?
Q: Whereas increasingly more girls are pursuing (and touchdown) management roles within the artwork market, the public sale business continues to be very male dominated in its higher ranges, not in contrast to different monetary and wealth administration firms. It’s been thrilling to see girls leaders assuming main roles on the different nationwide corporations, and I’m assured we’ll proceed to see extra girls taking over these roles.
WP: As an energetic member of CHIEF, the skilled community for ladies govt leaders, what recommendation would you give girls in search of management roles on this commerce?
Q: I used to be launched to CHIEF by Hindman’s then-CEO, Jay Krehbiel, who had seen mentions of it on his LinkedIn feed, and he thought I is likely to be . I used to be intrigued concerning the premise and was very impressed by the assorted workshops they held round matters from organizational expertise to govt presence, and so they featured unbelievable audio system who shared their private tales.
Probably the most useful points of the community is the month-to-month assembly that consists of a “Core” group of friends from different industries, and for 2 hours each month, an govt coach leads us by way of varied matters and permits loads of time for peer-to-peer teaching. I’m now in my third yr and discover the classes invaluable.
Even in case you aren’t a member of CHIEF, I’m an enormous proponent of surrounding your self with friends who will assist preserve you accountable and discovering mentors who will enable you to attain management roles if that’s what you’re working towards.
Most significantly, keep genuine and assured. Whereas the public sale business may be very quick paced—there isn’t any boring day at this job—there are such a lot of alternatives to attach and be taught from colleagues, shoppers, and companions.
Hindman has been an Industry Partner of WorthPoint for a number of years, offering greater than 163,000 public sale costs realized within the Value Information. Take a look at the public sale home’s gross sales of tremendous artwork, antiques, and different valuables here.
Niara Collins is the Senior Editor of WorthPoint. Along with thrifting garments and classic collectibles, Niara likes to do something and every part involving phrases, music, and meals in her free time. She has a level in English with a focus in rhetoric, writing, and tradition.
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