Investing in Art & Luxury Items

Thursday June 15, 2017

6:00 - 8:30 PM


Mr. Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC


Ms. Dorian Bergen

Co-owner of ACA Galleries in New York City

Ms. Colleen Boyle

Pall Mall Art Advisor


Ms. Laura Doyle

Fine Art Specialist at Chubb

Mr. Jason Schoen

Independent Art Historian in American Art

Investing in Art & Luxury Items

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You are cordially invited on behalf of the Financial Policy Council’s Board of Directors, to our next Financial Policy Council power summit featuring a panel discussion covering “Investing in Art” an ever growing asset class that is of increasing importance the world over. You don’t want to miss this thanks to our Event’s Sponsors Chubb and KRA Agency Partners.

  • TOPIC : Investing in Art & Luxury Items
  • DATE : Thursday, April 7, 2017
  • TIME : 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • LOCATION : The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby


Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity “family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets and the trading of key physical commodities.

Mr. Abdelnour is also Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential powerbrokers and policymakers.

Since 1985, Mr. Abdelnour has been involved in over 125 transactions worth in aggregate over $10 billion in the investment banking, high yield bond and distressed debt markets and has been widely recognized for playing an integral role in those three key market sectors.

Mr. Abdelnour is an astute market player who also serves on the Advisory board of DPG Investments, a recognized premier multi strategy global merchant banking, alternative investment, management and advisory firm.

On a more personal level, Mr. Abdelnour, former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, is the author of “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” ; a best seller manuscript written for investors that need to navigate the troubled geopolitical waters of the post-crisis world and a prolific writer for 100+ entrepreneurial and financial publications advising and educating investors in private equity, hedge funds, crowdfunding, Sovereign Wealth Funds, fund-of-funds, angel networks, venture capital and family offices.

Mr. Abdelnour is also a regular speaker on Private Equity, Physical Commodities trading and Middle East geo-political analysis at industry conferences & TV outlets nationwide including but not limited to Fox News, Newsmax, etc…and a key “influencer” in his own right having a hard core constituency of over 2 million viewers having read his blog postings and analyses since January 2014.

Mr. Abdelnour holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.

He was recently listed as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World.

The Panelists:

Dorian Bergen is the co-owner of ACA Galleries in New York City. She received a BA in Art History and Environmental Design from Antioch College in 1978.  Before joining ACA Galleries in 1993 she worked in the Director’s office at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA and as an archivist at Wildenstein Gallery in New York.  She was Assistant Director of Modern Master Tapestries, a gallery specializing in collaborations with prominent artists such as Picasso, Leger, Miro, Motherwell and others, to create the finest limited edition tapestries. She also established a separate department within the company to showcase artwork by original fiber artists.

Dorian is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America and ArtTable, the most prestigious American organization for professional women in the visual arts. She was a participant in the “Women Forward” panel discussion in conjunction with an exhibition at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn.  She was awarded the Art to Life Award in 2010 by AXA Art and Art and Living Magazine.  In 2010 she was the juror for the Mid-States Art Exhibition at the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science.

Dorian has organized several museum traveling exhibitions including a survey of work by Faith Ringgold which has traveled to over 45 museums in 15 years breaking attendance records at each venue.

She is currently engaged in the “Hands of the Artists” project which documents the hands of prominent artists of our time including Louis Bourgeois, Grace Hartigan, Judy Chicago and Faith Ringgold, among others.  Her book, The Art and Science of Hand Reading, co-authored by Ellen Goldberg, was recently published (Inner Traditions, 2016).

Colleen Boyle brings over 20 years of diverse experience in the art and financial world to Pall Mall Art Advisors. She has valuated art and collectibles for corporations, museums and private collectors throughout the United States.

Ms. Boyle earned a Diploma in French Fine and Decorative Arts at Christie’s in Paris, a Masters degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of William & Mary.

Colleen is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and is USPAP compliant. She has provided legal analysis for court cases involving art valuation and identification. Colleen regularly conducts lectures and Continuing Education classes on diverse topics pertinent to art and collectibles.  Colleen is also featured in the documentary titled,  ‘The Real Fake’ about the renowned art  forger, Elmyr de Hory.

Laura Doyle has over ten years of experience developing tailored risk management solutions for private collectors. As a Fine Art Specialist at Chubb, Laura underwrites large collections and consults on valuation, collection display, transit, storage, museum loans, and disaster planning.

Laura has coordinated Chubb sponsored art events, led private art tours for brokers and clients, authored articles on fine art risk management, and taught fine art and collections continuing education courses for insurance agents, brokers, and wealth advisors across the country. She has commented on the art market and collections management for the BBC, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Art + Auction, Artnet and Town and Country.

Laura is a member of ArtTable and the Arts & Records Committee of the Inland Marine Underwriter’s Association. She is USPAP certified by the Appraisers Association of America with training in fine art appraisal.

Laura studied Art History and Fine Art Management at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and the University of Bristol in Florence, Italy. She has a certificate in Appraisal Studies of Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University and a Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance designation from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to joining Chubb, Laura worked at the Lora Robins Gallery in Virginia.

Jason Schoen of Boca Raton, Florida, is a widely-recognized Independent Art Historian, art collector, art consultant, art investor, guest curator and speaker in American Art. His area of expertise includes Hudson River School, American Impressionism, Ashcan School, Stieglitz School, Taos School, Regionalism, American Scene Painting, Social-Realism, American Abstract Artist Group, California Art, Texas Art, Louisiana Art, Southern Art, Surrealism, Magic Realism, African American Art and Contemporary American Art.

For over 25 years Jason has vigorously pursued his passion by fostering, educating, investing and promoting American Art research, scholarship, publication and museum exhibitions.

Jason has a B.A. degree in art history from the University of Texas and has done graduate American Art studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is often invited as lecturer, speaker and panelist by museums, universities and different organizations through the United States.

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