Mr. Plummer is Principal and co-Founder of Artvest Partners, a firm that offers investment advice for the art market, including custom strategies for acquiring and selling, protecting art wealth and passing it on to future generations.
Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Christie’s Financial Services, Mr. Plummer was jointly responsible for the structuring and development of an opportunistic art fund. The fund, designed as a private equity offering, was the first to be developed by a major auction house in partnership with a leading investment bank. Additionally, Mr. Plummer was responsible for securing art-lending facilities, overseeing loan underwriting practices, developing art indices, and comprehensive art market sector analysis.
Prior to Christies, Mr. Plummer created one of the earliest US art funds and conducted pioneering research on art as an asset class and art indices. He continues to be one of the Art industry’s leading speakers on the subject. In 2000, Mr. Plummer founded a technology start-up providing art data and inventory management services for leading collectors, dealers and museums.
Mr. Plummer spent 15 years at Sotheby’s, during which time he served as Marketing Division Head for the Americas and Asia. He was responsible for the firm’s global re-branding and inaugural web strategy, all auction marketing, client information databases, advertising and numerous programs for cost reduction and business efficiency.
Previously, Mr. Plummer was the acting Chief Operating Officer of Sotheby’s real estate subsidiary and was instrumental in the profitable restructuring critical to the parent company’s highly successful 1989 IPO. Having started his career in Sotheby’s Treasury Department, Mr. Plummer oversaw one of the industry’s first significant art loans.
Mr. Plummer is a Director and a co-Founder of the Luxury Marketing Council. He is also a Board Member of the American Friends of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Mr. Plummer received his BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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