About Us

Curriculum vitae — J. Matthew McNeil, B.A., ISA CAPP
Oklappraiser@aol.com — 405.949.9935 or 405.820.2814

Mr. McNeil is an ISA Board Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (CAPP). (The CAPP designation is the highest professional designation conferred by The International Society of Appraisers.)

The CAPP designation is attained by successful completion of a comprehensive program which emphasizes the theoretical, legal and ethical and aspects of appraising. Also required of all CAPP candidates are Board-approved appraisal reports for peer review, Board-approved professional development activities, and the successful completion of a comprehensive Board examination. Both accredited (ISA AM) and certified (ISA CAPP) members of ISA also submit themselves to requalification/continuing education criteria once every five years.

Less than one-tenth  of ISA’s membership has attained the coveted “CAPP” designation. (N.b.: All of ISA’s educational programs are fully accredited through The University of Maryland.)

Although a generalist, Mr. McNeil specializes in period silver, especially British and Continental wares of the 18th and 19th centuries. He also holds a strong interest in Georgian and Regency furniture, 18th and 19th century Chinese Export porcelain, antebellum Southern silver, vintage and modern Southern folk pottery, and both Venetian and Scandinavian art glass of the mid-20th century.

He is a fifth generation Oklahoman on his father’s side, and holds his baccalaureate in American History (minor in theology) from Newman (formerly Sacred Heart) University, from which he was graduated magna cum laude. While in undergraduate school, he was an active member of Pi Gamma Mu, L’Alliance Française and The Newman Society.

He has been in the antiques trade since the age of nine, and has been conducting estate sales (along with writing professional appraisals) full time since 1999.

He taught while abroad for four years (in the Republic of South Korea, through a cultural exchange program). While abroad, he taught English as a second language, and also tutored students in American history.

He worked for and subsequently owned a successful antiques business in Oklahoma City for seven years after his return to the United States in 1993; however, he sold this business in February 2000. Since that time, he has worked exclusively in the personal property appraisal, estate liquidation and brokerage professions.

He completed the basic ISA accreditation course in Hartford, CT, in 2000. He then continued on with his ISA pathway course work in Antiques & Residential Contents (Chicago, IL, 2000) and, finally, Fine Arts (San Antonio, TX, 2001).

He completed his board examination, full peer review and remaining course work for full ISA certification in late 2001/early 2002, and was granted full certification (including the right to use the coveted “ISA CAPP” appellation) at the annual ISA conference in Seattle in April 2002. (N.b.: The average ISA member takes approximately twelve years of general membership before attempting to attain the coveted CAPP designation.)

Like all ISA members (both accredited and certified), Mr. McNeil must submit significant numbers of both officially recognized PDC’s (professional development credits) and logged appraisal hours every five years in order to maintain his current designation. He completed his first Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) re-qualification course in Chicago in October 2010, and requalified for the CAPP designation in December of 2012. He successfully completed his second USPAP re-qualification course in Kansas City in April of 2014.

He has attended most of ISA’s annual national conferences since 2000, including conferences in San Antonio (2001), Seattle (2002), Philadelphia (2003), Atlanta (2004), Chicago (2005), Baltimore (2007), Toronto (2008), Nashville (2011), Tempe (2012), Chicago (2013), Kansas City (2014), and Philadelphia (2015).

He was a conference presenter at the Chicago conference in 2005, the Tempe conference in 2012, and the Chicago conference in 2013.

He has twice been the recipient of ISA’s coveted Marketing Award — first in Nashville in 2011, and then again in Chicago in 2013.

Since Thanksgiving of 2011, he has been featured on the local NBC affiliate, KFOR, along with anchorwoman Linda Cavanaugh, in a weekly segment entitled “Trash Or Treasure.”

McNeil Liquidations is proud to have been awarded a coveted “Best of The City” award from Slice magazine in 2014.

Mr. McNeil was awarded the “Person of the Year” award by Oklahoma City’s Executive Success Club in December 2014.

Mr. McNeil has been a speaker/presenter, author and/or consultant for the following non-profit organizations, among others:

  • The International Society of Appraisers‘ National Newsletter (published, 2000)
  • The International Society of Appraisers, National Convention Presenter (Chicago, IL – National Conference, 2005)
  • The International National Society of Appraisers, North Texas Chapter, Dallas
  • The Integris Third Age Life Center, Oklahoma City
  • The Central Oklahoma Antiques Dealers’ Guild, Oklahoma City
  • The Early American Glass Club, Oklahoma City Chapter
  • The Northwest Oklahoma City Questers’ Club
  • St. Gregory’s College (Mabee-Gerrer Museum), Shawnee
  • The Oklahoma Historical Society
  • The Quail Creek Golf and Country Club
  • The Minco Historical Society & Museum
  • The Mustang Historical Society & Museum
  • The Cherokee Strip Historical Association
  • The Chisholm Trail Museum (Kingfisher, OK)

He is an amateur gardener and holds a strong interest in Oklahoma and Texas wildflowers (particularly xeric perennials). He is also fond of dancing, reading, cooking and travel. He loves genealogy, and has traced his family lines back to 1480 (Scotland), 1370 (France), 1490 (England), and 1510 (The Netherlands). 

He is passionate about the rescuing and fostering of unwanted companion animals, and about educating the public on the dire need to spay or neuter companion animals.

He has fostered rescue dogs for Hounds of the Heartland (a.k.a. the Central Oklahoma Greyhound Rescue), Pets & People Humane Society, The Oklahoma Chihuahua Rescue, Rocky Spot Dalmatian Rescue and  Okie Dokie Cocker Spaniel Rescue. He currently fosters dogs for The Bella Foundation.

He is a member and/or supporter of the following non-profit organizations:

  • The International Society of Appraisers, Chicago, IL
  • The International Society of Appraisers‘ (now defunct) Oklahoma State Chapter (Vice President, 3 consecutive terms)
  • The International Society of Appraisers‘ Scholarship Committee (2000 to 2002)
  • The Foundation for Appraisal Education; National Treasurer (April 2005 to April 2009)
  • The International Society of Appraisers, North Texas Chapter (2001 to present)
  • The International Society of Appraisers‘ Membership Committee (Chair, appointed April 2012)
  • Executive Success Club (Board Member and Secretary, appointed October 2010)
  • The Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Denniston Park Neighborhood Executive Committee, Oklahoma City, OK
  • The Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City
  • The National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City
  • First Unitarian Church, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Pets and People Humane Society, Yukon, OK
  • Hounds of the Heartland Greyhound Rescue, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Rocky Spot Dalmatian Rescue, Newcastle, OK
  • Okie Dokie Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Grove, OK
  • Second Hand Weenies Dachshund Rescue, Oklahoma City, OK
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New York City, NY
  • The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D.C.
  • The Bella Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK