Team

Heather Katz, Owner, Senior Creative Director.

 

Heather Katz is a co-founder of TKOart. A specialist in art advisory and acquisition services, concept development, art direction and project management, visual branding, private commissions, collection management, and curatorial services, her client list includes MGM Resorts International, Caesars Resorts, JW Marriott, and many of Los Angeles’ top interior designers.

Before she started TKOart, Heather founded Special FX Art & Decor, Inc., a wholesale art company and artist’s agency. She worked closely with corporate and hospitality industry executives to develop retail art programs, and enjoyed a successful matchmaking role as she introduced clients to emerging and established artists from around the world.

Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis in broadcast journalism, from the University of California, Irvine. A former host of the cable television program, “Artists Among Us,” Heather currently sits on the boards of directors of the Anti-Defamation League of Long Beach and Orange County, the Orange County Chapter of Women’s Philanthropy and of her synagogue. She is a member of NEWH and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Troy Thompsen, Owner, Senior Creative Director.

 

Prior to joining Heather in forming TKOart, lifelong entrepreneur Troy Thompsen founded and ran Thompsen Art Group, an independent consultancy specializing in art procurement and framing services. Working with corporate and hospitality sector clients, as well as with high-profile private collectors, architects, interior designers, space planners, and facilities managers, he led efforts to identify and review art-related needs, design art spaces, procure pieces, and provide concept and design services for the framing and installation of artworks in offices, lobbies, conference rooms and public spaces.

A graduate of the proverbial school of hard knocks, Troy found his calling when he brazenly walked into MGM’s corporate headquarters, and walked back out with a job as an art consultant. Attributing his passion for accessorizing and “knowing where things should go” to growing up in the furniture business, Troy has won the hearts of countless clients with his happy-go-lucky but spot-on art advisory services. He currently lectures at UCLA Extension, sharing tips with interior design students on how to select art, how to identify clients’ artistic leanings, and how to use art as a foundation for an overall interior design plan.We look forward to working with you on your next project.