Peter M. Fairbanks has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of American and European Art. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Peter received his Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and completed Sotheby's Executive Training Program in London in 1974. Upon his return to the United States, he founded the Fine Art Department at William Doyle Galleries in New York. When Phillips (Son & Neale) Auctioneers, the London-based company, opened in New York, Peter was appointed Senior Vice President, overseeing Business Development and Fine Art. In 1980, he was hired by Butterfield Auctioneers (now Bonhams), San Francisco, as Senior Vice President of Operations and Director of the Fine Art Department. Peter served on the Boards of the European Fine Art Foundation (organizers of The European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, The Netherlands), the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation and the American Conservatory Theater, among others. He is the Western Regional Representative of the Appraisers Association of America, and has served as a fine art appraiser continuously for the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow since its inception in 1997.