AEP® and EPLS Forum
Cracking the Code: Collaborative Strategies for Valuing and Managing Passion Assets

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Virtual
Speaker: Jennifer Garland Ross, AAA, Founder of Art Peritus & Sharikay Sloboda, Director of Strategy & Business Development

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This event takes places from 2:00 pm ET - 3:00 pm ET.
Active Accredited Estate Planner designees and Estate Planning Law Specialist Certificants only, please.

About the Forum
Establishing the true value of any tangible asset – from fine and decorative art, jewelry, wine, vintage autos, or collectible memorabilia, requires more than mere knowledge. It requires experience and expertise. Art Peritus is an industry authority in the appraisal of passion assets, collection consulting and art crisis management, providing comprehensive services to clients across the Americas, and throughout the UK and Europe since 2007. Our extensive expertise and connoisseurship define us. With a trusted network of more than 70 specialists across every category of collecting and long-standing relationships with art institutions, galleries and auction houses, Art Peritus seamlessly serves the private collector, trust & estate planning attorneys, family offices, wealth mangers and the insurance community to support appraisal and collection needs at every stage necessary.

An “Estate Appraisal Prep Checklist: Your Roadmap to Success” will be provided as well as a PowerPoint presentation and the program outline.

About our Presenters
Jennifer Garland Ross, AAA, Founder
Jennifer’s abiding passion for fine and decorative arts led her to walk away from a successful career as the CAO for a multi-million-dollar consulting firm to attain a post-graduate degree in 17th & 18th century decorative arts from Sotheby’s Institute, London and a Master’s degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the University of Manchester, UK. Returning to New York, Jennifer was hired by Christie’s as a specialist in European Furniture, starting at Christie’s East and later joining the team at Rockefeller Center. In 2002, she started her own consulting business, brokering, and exhibiting pieces around the country and regularly consulting for Christie’s and other auction houses. In 2007, Jennifer was retained as an appraiser, specialist, and expert witness of European Furniture and Decorative Arts for a complex court case that ultimately led her to start Art Peritus. Since then, Art Peritus has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence within the art, auction and insurance industry. This has earned Art Peritus trusted affiliations with global insurance carriers such as AIG, Chubb, PURE, and Cincinnati, working closely with adjusters, private client advisors and the insured collector. Nearly all Art Peritus clients establish longstanding relationships with the firm, and Jennifer remains one of the industry’s most sought-after appraisal and advisory specialists in the decorative arts. Jennifer is a certified member (and former Board member) of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and has served on the furniture vetting committee for the Winter Antiques Show in NYC for over 20 years. She has also served on vetting committees for the International Art & Antiques Show and the TEFAF fall show in NYC. Jennifer is a published author who has taught seminars for the AAA on insurance claim appraising, damage and loss valuation, conservator workshops, and the identification and authentication of antique furniture. She is compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) through January 2026.

Fun Fact: Did you know that our founder's childhood hobby of exploring English country houses sparked a fascination with State Beds? This passion led her to delve deep into the world of historical furnishings, culminating in a dissertation on Robert Adam’s state bed at Osterley Park and an internship at Hampton Court Palace creating an inventory of State Beds in National Trust properties. Affectionately dubbed "the crazy bed lady" by her colleagues, she's even integrating her expertise into a historical fiction novel featuring "Gwen Scott, State Bed Expert," who embarks on a thrilling journey to uncover a long-lost treasure.


Sharikay Sloboda, PHR, Director, Strategy & Business Development
Based in South Florida, Sharikay oversees a multi-state territory and spearheads business development for the firm. With Christie’s auction house for close to a decade, she is experienced in working closely with private clients, corporations, insurance professionals, attorney’s, family offices and wealth advisors. Sharikay facilitates all aspects of appraisal and collection complexities from estate planning, estate tax and family division, to charitable donation, collateral loan, insurance coverage & claims and general collection management. As a recognized professional in HR and having lived and worked in the UK, Europe, Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia across multiple industry segments, her passion for building relationships and global exposure allows her to bring a unique perspective and talent to our team and a level of service, understanding and discretion to our clients.

Sharikay holds a BA in the History of Art & Archaeology from Florida State University, studied Human Resource Management at Cornell University, is a recognized Professional in Human Resources (PHR), is a member of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council (PBCEPC), the East Coast Estate Planning Council (ECEPC), the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA), ArtTable Florida Chapter Executive Leadership and is compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) through September 2025.

Fun Fact: Our resident intrepid traveler, Sharikay spent three years living in the African bush circumnavigating the continent in her trusty Land Cruiser, has lived on 5 continents, and visited over 80 countries to feed her ever evolving passion for art, culture, and connection. As a dedicated yogi for 25+years, she does her best to stay balanced and breathing!

Continuing Education Credit
​Attending the entire program qualifies for one hour of continuing education credit for your Accredited Estate Planner® designation.

A recording of this session will be available following the program.

This event is a member benefit available only to active ​Accredited Estate Planner® designees and  Estate Planning Law Specialist certificants. If you are interested in learning more about the programs, please visit our website or contact the national office.

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