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John Toomey Gallery Is Now Toomey & Co. Auctioneers

Thirty Years of Auctions

After 30 years of highly successful auctions, the founders of Treadway Toomey Auctions are changing direction and working independently. The December 2017 auction marked the final collaboration between the John Toomey Gallery of Oak Park, IL and Treadway Gallery of Cincinnati, OH. Their long relationship produced one of the premier specialty auction houses in the country.

Beginning in 1987, Treadway Toomey Auctions pioneered sales of 20th-century art and design during a very exciting time in the world of art and auction. The industry was rapidly changing and the momentum shifting, with specialty auction houses, at the time a novelty, beginning to compete with bigger auction houses.

“I’ve spent decades building this business, and my partnership with Don Treadway was a big part of that. He has been a great colleague over the years,” said John Toomey. “Times change and the industry progresses, and it’s important that we evolve and adapt to meet the demands of our business as it is today. The past 30 years have been fantastic, and it’s time for the next generation to expand their role. I’m proud of what’s been created thus far — and I’m very proud of the team that is taking the reins now.”

A New Beginning

John Toomey will remain President of the newly named auction business, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, while turning over the company’s management to Lucy Toomey, formerly Senior Vice President, who will move into the role of CEO.

“It’s an exciting time in our industry and we look forward to continuing to work with our current clients and developing relationships with new clients — ensuring that we are providing the best 21st-century service, with the same value system that we always have had in place,” said Lucy Toomey. “The enthusiastic feedback we’ve received regarding the new business has been very encouraging.”

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers will continue to offer the service and expertise that the company’s clients are accustomed to, and auctions will continue to be conducted at the same Oak Park location where they have been held for the past 30 years. Toomey & Co. Auctioneers’ first sale, under its new brand, is scheduled for April 8, 2018.

Joe Stanfield and John Walcher will serve as Vice Presidents, while continuing their roles as Senior Specialists. Lisanne Dickson will continue as Senior Specialist and Rebecca Williams will assume a Specialist position. Director of Operations Kevin Mannella and his entire staff will remain in place. They will continue to provide the service and expertise our clients are accustomed to, and auctions will continue to be conducted at the same Oak Park location where they’ve been held for the past 30 years.