I am excited to announce that Mr. Francis Lombardi has accepted the position as the Firearms Department Head with Julia’s. Mr. Lombardi will be responsible for managing the operations and growth of the department; overseeing firearms staff and specialty consultants; and handling a broad range of firearms for auction. Mr. Lombardi has a special interest in modern sporting arms, but has extensive experience with guns across many historical and design categories. Complementing his passion for firearms is his extensive professional experience working with them. Before joining Julia’s, Mr. Lombardi founded a company that specialized in the import and sales of collectible and rare military and sporting firearms and accessories. As such, he truly understands every angle of the business, as well as the key constituents that comprise its international community of advocates. This background will be an enormous asset to Julia’s, as well as to both buyers and sellers of fine firearms at auction.
Professionally, Mr. Lombardi has had a remarkable history of career successes including leadership roles in multi-million dollar investment advisory firms, business consultancies, and manufacturing companies. He also holds numerous US patents. Now, in his role at Julia’s, he will be able to marry his business experience with his lifelong interest in rare and collectible firearms, and in turn bring Julia’s firearms division to the next level of excellence.
Mr. Lombardi’s passion for the outdoor sporting life was launched from a boyhood trip to Abercrombie & Fitch, at that time an upscale hunting, fishing, and camping, store in New York City. His childhood prized possession – a result of that visit – was an A&F junior safari kit, consisting of a big bore double barrel dart rifle, a safari jacket, and a plastic pith helmet. And he’s never looked back. Ever the adventurer, Mr. Lombardi today enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, skiing, flying, and playing the banjo and guitar. Mr. Lombardi is a life-long resident of New York’s Finger Lakes region and is married with five children. He and his family look forward to their next chapters in Maine.
This transition should be seamless to our clients, both consignors and buyers. Our outgoing Department Head, Wes Dillon, will ensure that there is a smooth transition to Francis as the baton passes from Wes to Francis. Wes will continue his long-term relationship with Julia’s as a Senior Consultant and Sales Representative.