Brian Kathenes is Principal and President of Progressive Business Concepts, Inc. He is a chemical engineer and a former Senior Manager of several consumer products manufacturing facilities.
Brian Kathenes was the Managing Partner of National Appraisal Consultants, L.L.C. He is Chairman of the New York Winter Antique Show Vetting Committee on Autographs, Manuscripts & Rare Books and is responsible for vetting all autographs, documents and manuscripts displayed and sold at this most prestigious show. Mr. Kathenes has presented seminars and symposia for over 172,000 participants and clients including the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) CAPP Course 101, ISA’s Advanced Appraisal Report Writing, and Appraisal Techniques and Practical Information for Archivists and Librarians from the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kathenes has appeared on over 160 television and radio programs and has been quoted in over twenty magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Business Philadelphia, Successful Meetings, and USA Today. He was also the author of the syndicated column The Autograph Detective and host of Hobby World, a weekly Cable TV program relating to hobbies and collectibles.
He is past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers, the First Director of Education for the Universal Autographs Collectors and a member of the American Philatelic Society Appraisal Committee. His expertise includes stamps, coins, sports memorabilia, movie and Hollywood artifacts, and paper collectibles. Brian holds the first and only Specialist Certification (S-CAPP) in the Autographs, Manuscripts, and Historical Documents.
As a member of a Plant Design Startup Management Team for the Halston Fragrance division of Max Factor, the team designed and built a cosmetic manufacturing plant from ‘scratch,’ including staffing, startup, and implementation. During the course of his corporate career he has been through two LBOs and numerous reorganizations, including start-ups and closings. As a Director of Sales and Marketing for a major distributor, he has developed and managed a regional sales & service staff, designed a successful dealer network, and created a distribution system for one of the largest small engine manufacturers in the world.
He has presented and expanded the American Management Association’s Manager’s Guide to Human Behavior and is an Ethical Business Practices Instructor for the International Society of Appraisers. Brian has designed over 275 training programs and presented seminars and symposia for over 234,000 participants and client organizations. Mr. Kathenes has appeared on over 160 television and radio programs and has been quoted in over twenty business magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Successful Meetings, and USA Today. He is also the author of the syndicated column; How To Build Teams That Will Still Respect You In The Morning and has been recognized as the “Hope Township Outstanding Citizen of the Year.”