John Kohler, Jr. founded Gateway Gallery Auction with his wife Kay in 1991. John’s work over the past fifty years as a professional auctioneer and appraiser has earned him a deserved reputation as highly versatile antique generalist. While John has begun to transition from lead consignment specialist to an “of counsel” status; he continues to consult with clients to bring their collections to the marketplace while mentoring Heather in the oversight of daily operations. John continues to head the real estate division of the company.
A graduate of Shippensburg University, John began his career in auctioneering in 1969. He is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Pennsylvania; as well as a member of the National Auctioneer’s Association, the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association, the VFW, and the Freemasons. An active member of the community, John has lent his auction and appraisal expertise to many charitable organizations over the years including Montessori Academy, Women in Need, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Civil War Round Table, Mercersburg Historical Society, Shippensburg Historical Society, Franklin County Historical Society and the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.