Meet Our Team

Our business has grown immensely since January 2018! Starting from a kitchen table, to expanding to garages and a few storage units, next to a moderately sized warehouse, we’ve now upgraded to a 44,000 sq ft. warehouse serving 30+ full-time employees.

Over time we’ve hired several specialized team members including two Auction Managers, a Production Manager, a Firearms Specialist, and a Facilities Manager, in addition to 11 Auction Inventory Coordinators who catalog inventory, handle inventory pick-ups, and provide excellent customer service. 

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Our Owners

Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals LLC was founded on January 4th, 2018 by Dan Newman, a lifelong Alaskan with a decade of history in broadcast and digital media marketing and sales with KTUU Channel 2 in Anchorage, Alaska. He is our principal Auctioneer and less than 1% of all minority benefit auctioneers in the country.

In July 2018 Dan took on a business partner, Nick Cline, who is now our Lead Auction Manager and Lead Appraiser. Dan manages most of the outreach and sales with his outgoing personality, while Nick is our quiet and reserved in-house appraiser, item expert, and lead auction manager.

Our Team

Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals LLC is proud to employ 40+ full-time Alaskans.

We also work with a number of independent contractors, appraisal specialists, and local businesses! 

Here is an overview of our key personnel at our warehouse facility located at:
325 W. Potter Drive, Anchorage, AK 99518.

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Dan Newman

Dan Newman is a professionally certified auctioneer and founder of Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals LLC, having graduated from the Missouri Auction School, the “Harvard” of auction schools. Dan is also a certified personal property appraiser and member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. He has over 12 years of broadcast TV and digital media marketing and sales expertise that he uses to help promote his auctions online.

Dan is a member and ambassador for the state of Alaska for the National Auctioneers Association. He has gone above and beyond in his training and continuing education in the auction industry to earn his Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation. Having a BAS designation means he is well trained in working with non-profit and school organizations in the most effective methods of charity benefit auction fundraising events. He is one of only less than 1% of minority Auctioneers in the world that are Benefit Auctioneer Specialists.

Dan has helped the non-profits he works with raise over a million dollars through his emceeing, fundraising consultation services, and auctioneer services for their yearly benefit auction events. For his for-profit clients, through the various estate sales, business liquidations, and consignment auctions, Dan works to sell their inventory in the most efficient and profitable means possible.

Dan is a well-connected, successful sales professional, networker, and consummate community volunteer.  He has received an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Goldpan Award for his volunteer work and was recognized as an Alaskan “Top 40 Under 40” honoree in 2017 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.  He is also a member & ambassador of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Board and a member and the BNI Alaska Business Pipeline Chapter, a business referral networking group. 

Dan volunteers his time as a dedicated Rotarian with the Anchorage South Rotary Club.  Dan is bilingual in English and Spanish. He is also the very proud father of two amazing boys, a beautiful baby girl, and a very lucky husband to his fantastic wife.

Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 Award for Dan Newman

Alaska's Top 40 Under 40 Award for Dan Newman


Alaska's Top 40 Under 40

Nick Cline

Nick Cline is a managing Partner with Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals since June 2018, six months after the company's inception. He serves as our Lead Appraiser & Lead Auction Manager. He has been involved in the collectibles, fine antiques, and auction trade for 7 years and brings with him his expertise of appraisals, auction creation, marketing, client consulting, targeted marketing, and positive customer service.

Nick was born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska, graduating from Robert Service High School in 2011. He has had a lifelong interest in antiques and collectibles, and has worked with several of the top auction houses in the nation to facilitate sales. He started off collecting small coins and trinkets as a child and has evolved his interest to numerous fields, having bought and sold everything from simple decorators items to museum quality antiques and fine art. His values center around honesty and customer service, striving to ensure every customer is treated with the upmost respect to establish profitable long lasting business relationships.

When he isn’t out searching for treasures he enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, or casting a line in search of the next big fishing catch.

Abigail McLagan

Abigail McLagan is an Alaska REALTOR® with experience selling over 50+ pieces of real estate at auction; from raw land to residential, commercial, foreclosures, and more. She earned her Auction Marketing Management (AMM) designation with the National Auctioneers Association in 2021 hot on the heels of two municipal auctions for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Her zest and zeal, combined with her skills in technology, analysis, online marketing, graphic design, and attention to detail make Abigail an absolute asset to every one of her clients throughout the state of Alaska and beyond.

Jen Motyka

Jen is a graduate of the University of Michigan and brings almost 20 years of local, small business experience. She loves the Anchorage community and gives many hours to various nonprofits, including volunteering as the chair of the young professional group at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Her role as the chief innovation officer will explore new technologies, business opportunities, and partnerships to expand and grow operations for Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals.

Megan Gibbs

Megan consistently exemplifies the spirit of a team player, offering support across departments whenever needed. Her unparalleled dedication has positively impacted our daily operations. Moreover, her strategic efforts in restructuring the shipping department have enhanced its efficiency, resulting in improved customer satisfaction

Michelle McLagan

Michelle resides in a quaint New York town nestled along the Canadian border. By day, she is a part-time contractor at Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals (APAA), where she excels remotely in editing descriptions of auction items before they hit the bidding stage. Michelle's insatiable curiosity and research acumen find their perfect match in this role, allowing her to delve into Alaska's rich history and vibrant culture. When she's not immersed in editing, she proudly serves as the Director of our local public library, advocating for knowledge and literacy in the community.
On a personal note, Michelle is a devoted pet parent to two adorable cats and ardently follows a vegetarian lifestyle. Her passion for creativity knows no bounds, as she constantly seeks ways to express herself through various artistic endeavors.

Shawna Ashlock

Shawna hails from the Pacific Northwest's temperate rainforest, near Portland, Oregon. Her love for Alaska blossomed during a summer at Denali NP in 2013, and she never looked back. Astrology, exploring new places, camping, and thrifting are her passions. Working at APAA keeps her learning and growing, making it her favorite part of the job.

Chloe Moore

Chloe has been in Alaska for over 20 years and loves spending time with her daughter when she is not working to help curate and develop auctions. With over 10 years of experience working with local Alaskan businesses, she previously managed a local antique store before joining APAA.

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Best of Alaska #1 Best Auction Company

Anchorage Press Picks #1 Best Auction House

KTUU Channel 2 #1 Best Auction Company

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