About The School - Our Objectives - And Some Of The Staff
A FEW PERSONAL THOUGHTS FROM THE DIRECTOR, Charles Green...
Thank you for your interest in the Asheford Institute of Antiques distance-learning program. Since 1966 the A.I.A.'s purpose and objective has been to offer thorough, and complete home-study training in antiques, collectibles and appraising - for professional and personal use. Since that time, a great deal of care has been exercised in making sure that each student receives the guidance and help of an accredited instructor who is qualified by experience, training, and background, to impart the necessary knowledge required in order for each student to succeed in this field of endeavor.
From the very beginning of the Plans, until the day the student graduates and receives a Diploma, their work is directed by not only a capable instructor, but one who also takes a genuine interest in helping the student, and is always ready to do a little more than is required.
In constructing the Asheford Program, the aim of the writers at all times was to make every step, and every Study Plan, so simple and clear, and so well illustrated, that speedy progress could be expected by the average student even though they may have had no previous training in antiques or similar fields of study. Every phase of the training was carefully prepared and thoroughly examined in its relation to the Plan as a whole, before the first student was ever invited to enroll.
The staff here at the Institute take great pride in the high ideals that were set forth by the original founder of the school, and will do everything within their means to pass along these goals of encouragement to all of our students.
That's our promise to you...
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MEET SOME OF THE FACULTY AT THE SCHOOL
Peter C. Green - Original Founder Of The A.I.A. in 1966
Co-Author of such works as, "The Pleasure Of Antiques," "A History Of French Furniture," "Discovering Early American Antiques," and "The Life Times And Travels Of An Antique Dealer." Mr. Green's experience in antiques covers both sides of the Atlantic. The original founder and Director of the A.I.A., Mr. Green remains active with the organization as consultant Director. In addition to his duties with the A.I.A., Mr. Green also owns and operates one of Canada's largest antique businesses. He is also a syndicated antique columnist for a variety of national and international publications, and a renowned guest lecturer, both at home and abroad. Educated at Pickering College, Mr. Green has also done post graduate work in Fine Arts at the Sorbonne in Paris.
Gregory J. DeMarco - Business Director
The Profit section of the Course is under the direction of Gregory DeMarco. Mr. DeMarco has had a wide range of experience in the business world. Before joining the A.I.A. Mr. DeMarco specialized in reorganizing established companies which wanted to improve their growth rate. From this experience Mr. DeMarco has been able to give invaluable help and advice to A.I.A. students who are setting up their own antique & appraising businesses. Mr. DeMarco is also a nationally recognized writer, with his last book "Your Credit File: Your Future," often being referred to as a bible for the banking industry.
Susan Close - A.I.A. Newsletter, Bulletin Editor, and European Buying Trends
Mrs. Close is the editor in charge of all our printed matter, including our A.I.A. News Bulletin. Mrs. Close has been a buyer/appraiser for a number of large antique stores for over thirty years and in this capacity still makes at least two buying trips to Europe each year. These business trips help to keep Mrs. Close in contact with the actual buying and selling trends within the world of antiques, which she then passes along to A.I.A. students. Mrs. Close is also a senior consulting adviser on the Appraising Modules of the Asheford Course and is a frequent contributor to the content of these Plans.
Scott Syvert - Care & Restoration
Scott Syvert is in charge of the Asheford Institute of Antiques "Care & Restoration" Program. Mr. Syvert is a master cabinetmaker as well as a highly respected and renowned restorer and refinisher. Mr. Syvert, aside from his position at the Institute, is also the head cabinetmaker at SMF™, one of North America's largest antique refinishing companies. His extensive knowledge has proved invaluable to students of the Institute for over 18 years. Sections in the Course covered by Mr. Syvert on restoration and refinishing are one of the most popular features of the Asheford Program. Should you have any questions about Care & Restoration, he encourages all students to write with any comments or queries they might have.
Phillip Roth - Student Accounting
Mr. Roth is the newest member of the Asheford family, and will be in charge of all Student Account Operations at the A.I.A. Once you've completed your enrollment, should you have any questions regarding your account, status of your Course materials, payment plans or just general questions about your account activity, don't hesitate to call or write and let Mr. Roth and his team help you out. Additionally, should you require information on such services as, supplemental materials, or the student sales programs, Mr. Roth and his staff will always be on hand to answer your questions regarding these subjects as well.
Chalmers Gilmore, Has Been With The School Since 1976...
Born and raised in Manchester, England, Mr. Gilmore has a vast working knowledge of continental and North American antiques - to most of the staff here at the school he's simply the Scholarly English Gent... Today, Mr. Gilmore heads up both the Research Department and the Appraisal Service for all enrolled students. When you send us your research and appraisal questions, they'll be under Mr. Gilmore's direct supervision. Mr. Gilmore is also the resident writer for the Appraising & Methodology module of the Asheford Course.
Janie Gregory Is The A.I.A.'s Office Manager, and Admissions Assistant
Ms. Gregory is in charge of making sure that everything runs smoothly between all departments, and that all Admissions requests are handled promptly. If you've got any questions about where your materials should be going, or which enrollment Plan best suits your needs, just let her know, and she'll be more than happy to help.
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If You've Got Questions, Call Our Info Hotline...
Our dedicated office staff are always willing to go that extra mile to help our students with any questions they might have. Whether it be about updating a student account, or just recommending a good antique site on the Internet to find that certain something ... they're always on hand to help with the answers you're looking for...
Admissions Office TOLL FREE HOTLINE: 1 877-444-4508
These are just a few of the many staff members, here at the Asheford Institute Of Antiques - from the mail clerks, to the Registrar's Office, to the Research Department, to the individual instructors who'll help you with any questions you might have regarding your Course materials - the staff of the A.I.A. is committed to your success!