Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> January 14, 2005


SILVANO DIGENOVA is President and Chief Executive Officer of Superior Galleries. He has long been recognized as a leading market maker in the rare coin industry. Mr. DiGenova began his career as a rare coin prodigy, trading coins as a dealer while still in high school. A self- made millionaire in coins before the age of 21, he left the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania -- simply because he was earning too much money to stay in school! Mr. DiGenova is an authority on the rare coin market, grading, authenticity and appraisals. He was co-founder of the Professional Coin Grading Service world's largest and most respected grading entity. He was fundamental in the design of the PCGS grading set, which is the standard by which all coins are still graded today. He was also co-founder of the American Numismatic Information Exchange (known today as Certified Coin Exchange), the first fully electronic trading network in rare coins, which was modeled after NASDAQ.He has been featured in Fortune's "People to Watch," quoted on the front page of Wall Street Journal and has been interviewed in hundreds of newspapers across North America. In addition, he has appeared several times as a commentator on CNN/fn, Bloomberg Television and other financial news programs.In the 1990s, Mr. DiGenova began expanding his rare coin trading ability into other markets, buying and selling fine and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, his vast wealth of knowledge has made him a leading expert in not only rare coins, but 19th and 20th century lamps (such as Tiffany, Pairpont and Handel), art glass (such as Tiffany, Daum, Galle and others), art nouveau decorative items (such as Royal Dux, Amphora and others), porcelain (such as Miessen, KPM and others), fine prints (such as Louis Icart, Maxfield Parrish and others) and nearly everly area of 19th and 20th century fine and decorative arts. Profile
PAUL BIBERKRAUT currently serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Secretary and as a Director of Superior Galleries. Mr. Biberkraut has served in this role since December 2002 and previously as the company's Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance from October 1999 to December 2000. Mr. Biberkraut has more than 15 years experience in management roles with varying levels of responsibilities for finance, accounting, information technology, operations and human resources. Prior to returning to Superior, Mr. Biberkraut was a senior finance manager for information technology at PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc., and previous to that, was the corporate controller of Quality Systems, Inc. Mr. Biberkraut also served two years as the audit committee chairman for an Orange County, California, based credit union, which followed nine years as board member, treasurer and president of an Orange County, California based not-for-profit social service agency. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief overview of Superior Galleries?

Mr. Di Genova: Superior Galleries is an auctioneer, dealer, and

wholesaler of rare U.S. coins and other fine collectibles.