Director of Rare Books
James Gannon received his degree from the University of California at San Diego, and subsequently worked in the entertainment industry for many years before finding his life's work in the world of books. The majority of Gannon's 16 years experience in the rare book trade was gained through his association with Heritage Book Shop in Los Angeles. He has a special interest in early printed books, travels and voyages, color-plate books and fine printing, but he has handled and cataloged volumes of all types.
Manager of Rare Books
In 2000, Joe graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and thereafter worked for three years as a vintage bookseller before coming to Heritage Auctions. His experience, knowledge and dedication to the preservation and study of rare books has served him well since 2006 in his capacity as Manager of the Heritage Auctions Rare Books Department, where he focuses on 19th- and 20th-century literature.
Co-Chairman and CEO
Steve Ivy started his business in 1964, at the age of 14, advertising rare coins for sale in national publications. Six years later, at the age of 20, he incorporated and opened his business in a downtown Dallas high rise. In 1976 he incorporated a sister auction company. Steve managed the business as well as serving as chief buyer, buying and selling hundreds of millions of dollars of coins during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1982, James Halperin merged his company with Steve’s, and the name of the corporation was changed to Heritage. Steve’s primary responsibilities now include management of the marketing and selling efforts of the company, the formation of corporate policy for long-term growth, and corporate relations with financial institutions. He remains intimately involved in all 30 categories Heritage deals in today. Steve engages in daily discourse with industry leaders on all aspects of the fine art and collectibles business, and his views on market trends and developments are respected throughout the industry. He previously served on both the Board of Directors of the Professional Numismatists Guild (past President), and The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (past Chairman). Steve’s keen appreciation of history is reflected in his active participation in other organizations, including past board positions on the Texas Historical Foundation and the Dallas Historical Society. Steve is an avid collector of Texas books and manuscripts and owns one of the finest collections in private hands. He is also a past Board Chair of Dallas Challenge, and is currently the Finance Chair of the Phoenix House of Texas. Phoenix House and its affiliates, are collectively the largest non-profit alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facility in the nation. Steve also currently sits on the Board of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization.