Classic and collectors’ car auction house Barons has strengthened its team with the appointment of classic vehicle specialist Julian Shoolheifer as Director of Business Development.'With Julian Shoolheifer joining the team, the range and level of services we offer will be greatly expanded. The additional knowledge and expertise that he will bring to Barons are invaluable assets to any auction house and will benefit not only Barons but also our clients,' said Barons’ Managing Director Laurence Sayers-Gillan.Julian Shoolheifer commented, 'I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Barons team as Director of Business Development. With a proven track record of sales, Barons is a well-established company with a highly credible sales record, exceptional levels of service and excellent business practices.'Bringing 15 years’ classic car auction experience with the major auction houses and my own valuation business, together with a lifetime’s knowledge of vintage and classic cars, I am relishing this ‘hands-on’ role to develop Barons’ business further whilst continuing to run my own valuation business.'Julian’s career started in Sotheby’s Classic Car Department, followed by a period in the Automobilia Department at Brooks. He returned to Sotheby’s to head up the Classic Car Department in the mid 1990s, then spent five years developing the Vintage & Classic Car Auctions Department at Cheffins. Under Julian’s stewardship, the department’s turnover rose from just £100,000 to £2.5 million.His love of historic vehicles and the classic auction world began at a very early age. He attended sales throughout his youth, acquiring his first classic – a very rare Maserati motorcycle – when he was just eight years old. He has subsequently owned 15 motorcycles and 50 classic cars.'Since founding Barons in 1998 I have always strived to offer the best possible service at the most affordable rates. I am really pleased that Julian has decided to join our small team, and look forward to working with someone with a similar work ethic in the development of new areas of business, while expanding the already successful classic and collectors’ motor car business,' concluded Laurence Sayers-Gillan.