About Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
For over twenty years, Stefek’s has operated as a full-service estate liquidation management company, serving Michigan and the tri-state area. Originally Stefek’s operated as an estate sale company – Lori Stefek recognized that the quality of items she was selling at estate sales deserved a global market, and established Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers.
Stefek’s has secured itself as an international auction house, opening the local market to a global audience. Stefek’s not only assists our clients with all phases of liquidating an estate, but also provides unparalleled customer service to each client. As a full-service boutique auction house, our mission is to utilize Stefek’s expertise and international reach to provide our clients with exceptional service.
For over fifteen years, Lori Stefek has provided appraisals for high-net-worth clients, including estates and trusts. Lori is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property with the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and is USPAP compliant. The CAPP designation is the highest level that can be achieved within the International Society of Appraisers.
Lori Stefek partners with CPAs, attorneys, trust departments, and banks in the tri-state area, providing appraisal, estate, and clean-out services.
Meet the Stefek Team
Lori Stefek is a lover of “stuff” or, more specifically, what she sees in it. For over 20 years, Lori has been in the business of lifting the burden of estate liquidation from her clients’ shoulders; she has turned her passion for helping people and her eye for hidden value into a full service liquidation management firm. Stefek’s conducts over 60+ appraisals, 40+ estate sales, 100+ clean outs, and six to eight auctions each year for individuals, wealth management professionals, attorneys, CPAs, and realtors.
Lori Stefek is a certified member of the International Society of Appraisers, a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and holds the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist designation with the National Association of Auctioneers. She is active in her community serving on several charity boards and conducts multiple charity auctions each year.
John Stefek is the presence behind the scenes, making certain all runs as planned. As part of his responsibilities, John oversees the company’s online resources, including digital commerce and stefeksauctions.com. In addition, he leads Stefek’s bricks-and-mortar operations.
Catherine Milewski, Auction House Manager, is a Member of the International Society of Appraisers and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Focusing primarily on fine art and furniture, Catherine’s passion and expertise also encompasses personal property evaluations and consignment management.
Catherine’s enthusiasm for fine art started with her love of drawing early in her childhood. While attending classes throughout high school and college, Catherine’s appreciation for all mediums grew. Intrigued by the vibrancy of early 20th century prints and design, Catherine was drawn to learning more about the history of the pieces, artists, and techniques implemented.
Her early interest in the history behind the work helped Catherine curate her knowledge, education, and expertise to become a leading resource for Stefek’s clientele. Catherine enjoys continuing her appreciation and understanding of the arts by regularly attending gallery openings, art exhibits, classes, and conferences.
Mary Catherine Godvin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Wayne State University. She is an Accredited Member with the International Society of Appraisers, and was a recipient of the Decorative Arts Trust Scholarship from the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Mary Catherine currently works for Stefek’s Estate Liquidation Management as a Personal Property Appraiser and Auction Cataloger. Mary Catherine is a proficient researcher and enjoys learning about the second hand market and how it continues to grow and change. A true favorite of hers is Mid-Century Modern furniture and design.