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.
Chief Executive Officer
Don Schireson is the second generation of his family to work at Abell. He began working at Abell Auction Company 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.
Joe Baratta joined Abell in 2001. After growing up in Pasadena and attending Loyola High School, Joe earned a B.A. 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 is the fourth generation of the Abell family to work at Abell Auction Company. 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 represents the third generation of his family to work with Abell. A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business/Economics, Todd resides in the Venice area of West Los Angeles. He has over 10 years experience with auction appraisals and can help value the contents of your estate. Todd also works with non-profit organizations conducting charity auctions and can be found on the dais for all major sales at Abell.
Patrick Abell has been working for Abell Auction Company for more than 10 years. He represents the fourth generation of the Abell family to work at the auction. He is the son of Barry Abell, grandson of Robert Abell, and great-grandson of the founder, A.N. Abell. Patrick is one of the auctioneers at Abell Auction and helps with all valuations, inventorying and cataloging.
Max Zellman earned a B.A. at the University of California Los Angeles in the study of American Literature and Culture. He is USPAP compliant and an associate member of the Appraisers Association of America.
Alexandra Brown earned a double B.A. degree in Art History and Journalism from New York University. She is USPAP compliant and an associate member of the Appraisers Association of America. She has a GIA Graduate Diamonds degree. Alexandra assists with exhibiting at the Professional Fiduciary Association of California (PFAC), the USC Trust and Estate and Tax Conferences, and the Southern California Estate Planning Forum.