James D. Julia Press Releases
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James D. Julia Debuts Interactive New Catalog Features
That Add Information, Value, and New Perspectives to Your Buying and Selling Experience.
We are excited to unveil several innovative new technologies in association with our November 28th and 29th Lamp & Glass and November 30th Advertising, Toy & Doll Auctions. These new features, designed to bring our customers’ experiences with James D. Julia to the next level, will revolutionize the way auction lots are presented, examined, and evaluated online.
Our new first enhancement involves our traditional printed catalogs. As you look through these books from November 2012 onward, you can’t help but notice that some lots have a “Quick Response” or QR code, as part of their listings. When the QR code, a black and white matrix square, is scanned by QR enabled smartphones or tablets, Julia’s website listing of that particular lot is called up on your device. The QR code will take you directly to our second new enhancement.
This second new enhancement will change the way you view auction items online–literally! A select group of lots in our upcoming Lamp & Glass and Advertising, Toy & Doll Auctions feature our new 360° View technology. We’ve all been in the situation of wanting to bid on an item but not having enough information to confidently do so. This new technology, which details and magnifies multiple angles of each lot, allows you to inspect items from every perspective to make sure they are right for you–from the comfort of your own home. It’s as if lots were placed on a slowly rotating Lazy Susan for your personal review and evaluation!
I encourage you to experience this game experience-changing technology firsthand. To do so, click on this rotating camera icon
located at the end of the description in the online catalog. In the print catalog, lots with our 360° View feature are noted with a rotating camera icon at the end of the item’s description.
QR codes and our 360° View features are just the latest in a series of new features and initiatives designed to make your buying and selling experience with James D. Julia top notch from start to finish. For four decades, our company has had a history of innovation in the antique auction industry and in providing the highest quality products, services, and content to our clients. When I was hired as CEO of James D. Julia last summer, I was charged to build on that tradition of excellence and taking our company to the next level - especially in the areas of service and technology. You might already have noticed some enhancements to our website, including an improved search function, the ability to check out items in far greater detail by mousing over the main catalog image to see a close up view of any area of the image, and second chance buying opportunities on passed lots.
We’d like to know what you think of these features, as well as your ideas for making James D. Julia the best it can be. For Jim Julia, Fred Olsen, department heads Dudley Browne, Andrew Truman, Wes Dillon, Bill Gage, Judy Labbe, and the entire James D. Julia Auction Team, we truly appreciate your support and suggestions!
Mark Ford CEO, James D. Julia Inc.
Mark A. Ford, C.P.A Becomes New CEO with Julia’s
I, together with my COO, Fred Olsen, and our entire staff are extremely pleased to announce the recent addition of our management team. In recent years our company has grown extensively which has requires to expand our management team. Mark does not replace anyone on our staff. His position is an addition to our staff to increase the depth of our management team.
In growing our management team, the goal of our company is to be able to expand our company and provide an even higher level of service to our clients while at the same time increase the depth of our marketing team. Mark will eventually be a critical backup for myself and provide the ultimate depth to our management team to ensure the continued longevity and success of this company for many, many years to come.
I have personally known Mark for over 20 years and have always been impressed with his business knowledge and acumen but even more importantly the personable yet professional way in which he approaches business.
Mark graduated from Bentley College near the top of his class in 1982 and was also President and Vice President of Kappa Phi Alpha Honor fraternity. He was the member of the Senior Class Cabinet; he was a recipient of the Order of Omega (Top Greek Leaders), and a member of the Falcon Society (Scholar/Leader). He became a certified Public Accountant and was formally licensed to practice in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Mark is a long time member of the Waterville Rotary Club (of which I am also a member) where he served as President. He was also part of the Rotary Foundation and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Over the years, Mark has expanded his knowledge through a number of forms of continuing education. Shortly after graduating college, he began working at Price Waterhouse; eventually transferring to a number of large firms until 1988 he made the decision with partners, Jeff and Cathy Cory, to purchase the old time Maine Jewelry firm known by Day’s Jewelry. In the coming years, Mark together with his two partners built and grew this business into the highly respected and successful company it is today. During the expansion of the company, Mark was a critical component of its success and served in many arenas supporting his partners to grow the business. He is and has been involved in a numerable, charitable, and community based activities serving as board member, President, Vice President, and other positions in various organizations.
Mark is an extremely affable, active, personable and professional individual who enjoys being challenged. It is for this reason that recently he elected to leave the jewelry business to take on an exciting new adventure. Mark’s initial goals will be to help fine tune our company, expand our level of customer service, and continue to develop its profitable management. He will also spend a great deal of time working with me to learn the intricacies of the antiques and auction business. In the next couple of years, you will see him, together with me interacting to serve our clients.
I personally take great pride in the personable and professional manner by which I attempt to interact with all of my clients and this is one of the many qualities that I value in Mark. I, joined with Fred Olsen my COO, my wife, and the entire staff at Julia’s are excited to welcome Mark Ford on board and with the greatest of enthusiasm, I look forward to introducing him to each and every one of you, our valued customers.
James D. Julia Auctioneers Receives
Special Business Excellence Award From The Governor of The State of Maine
At a formal ceremony on Monday May 14th, Governor Paul LePage presented James D. Julia Auctioneers of Fairfield, Maine with the 2012 Governor’s award for Business Excellence. This was the 22nd annual awards which are administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and sponsored by FairPoint Communications. The award recognizes Maine companies that demonstrate a high level of commitment to the community, employees, and to manufacturing or to service excellence. Only six Maine companies received this award this year, and as per Governor LePage, “This year’s honorees represent businesses that are regional, national, and International leaders in their fields”. Governor LePage came into office with a promise to focus on expanding job bases in Maine. His approach is to minimize cumbersome regulations and to encourage business development in general throughout the state. As such, the awards and what they represent were very much a part of LePage’s philosophy for the State of Maine.
The company conducts specialty catalog auctions of high-end antique collectibles, and is divided into four primary divisions:
1. Rare Firearms and Military Division. Based on the sale of high-end quality firearms, Julia’s is currently the leader in the world today. They do not sell the most firearms; they sell the greatest number of valuable firearms at auction. For approximately eight years now, their auctions have averaged just under $10 million dollars each with the recent March 2012 auction generating nearly $18 million dollars, which is by far the largest grossing firearms auction conducted by any firm in the world.
2. Fine Lamp and Glass Division. Julia’s rare lamp and glass division is one of the top three in the world today. It regularly features one of the finest array of quality lamps and glass offered including rare Tiffany, Handel, Pairpoint, Quezal, and other lamps, exquisite French and English cameo glass, high-end art glass including Tiffany, Durand, Quezal, quality Victorian glassware, rare paperweights, silver, and jewelry.
3. Rare Toy, Doll, and Antique Advertising Division is one of the top three of its type in North America today. In 2010 it set the new world record for the most expensive antique toy ever sold at auction anywhere in the world. It being a small early American Santa Claus and sleigh being pulled by goats that realized just over $160,000.
4. Fine Art, Antiques, and Asian Division. This division is one of the leaders in the country today, and their new Asian Division recently featured a number of items which had come from the descendent of the last Emperor of China. In February of 2010 they sold Washington’s hand-drawn map of the siege of Yorktown for nearly $1.1 million dollars.
Julia also started a rare decoy auction division many years ago, and sold that to his two partners some years back. At the time, it was the largest decoy auction house in the world. It still is the largest decoy firm in the world, and while Julia no longer owns that division, he still serves as a consultant and auctioneer annually for this firm.
The Julia Company has always been aggressive in marketing their clients’ goods, and has been innovative in marketing techniques and special services. Some of their approaches are unique in their industry. In 2008, when the economy began to go sour, Julia was prepared. Anticipating the decline in the economy and in consideration of the strength of his company at that time, he invoked a new approach to commissions. All auction houses charge the seller a seller’s commission and the buyer a buyer’s premium. The auctioneers keep both of those commissions for their services. Just as the economy was beginning to get very tough and auctioneers were faced with a declining number of goods being offered to them, Julia’s invoked his 0% stimulus plan. Essentially, he set up a commission structure for sellers that declined as the average value of their consigned good increased. Therefore, a consignor with expensive goods could expect as little as 0% commission charge. While other auction houses were scurrying to cut costs and services, Julia increased services and cut their commission fee, and as a result stimulated greater response than normal and continued to attract not only a large quantity of consignments but a greater quantity of high-end consignments. Last year Julia’s initiated their Estates and Collections Division, a unique division in the auction industry in that it works with antique collectors to formulate eventual plans for a collector’s collection. This year, Julia’s started a new satellite office in Woburn, Massachusetts to better serve those clients in the greater Massachusetts area and further on. Their new office is located in the elegant and historic 1790 House located at 827 Main Street, Woburn, MA.
In receiving the award, Jim and his wife Sandy made it very clear that they were accepting this special recognition on behalf of their company as a whole. Julia credits the success of his company to what he calls in his opinion the finest auction crew in North America. “It is a team oriented organization and we all pull together to generate the success that we do.”
Julia is a member of the Waterville, Rotary Club where he was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow a few years back, and he was also selected by the Waterville, Maine Chamber of Commerce in 2003 as the Business Person of the Year.In 2006, Jim Julia was installed in the Maine Auctioneer Association’s “Hall of Fame”. In 1993 he was awarded, by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, a Certificate of Achievement and some years earlier, he was awarded by the Gowie-Normand House, the title “New England Auctioneer of the Year”. The company regularly travels all over North America and sometimes into Europe for consignments for their upcoming auctions.
Governor Paul LePage, center, congratulating Jim Julia on the receipt of his Business Excellence in Maine Award. To the extreme right is Jim’s dad, Arthur Julia, to Governor LePage’s left is Sandy Julia, and to the extreme left is Fred Olsen, General Manager of James D. Julia, Inc.