Lee Parson is the Founder of Interstellar Industries, LLC and its Affiliate, Aether Estate Sales Co. He has conducted over four-hundred estate sales over the course of his career. Lee was just a youngster when the appreciation of anything antique and vintage took over. Since the early days, when at the age of 9 he would make the rounds at flea markets identifying vintage toys by brand, his adoration of antiques and collectibles has grown into a career and lifestyle he and his family share. Lee’s past includes auction houses, antique and secondhand stores, buying and selling high-end antiques and overseeing the annual marketing budget for a worldwide antiquities broker. Lee studied Marketing & Branding at Griffith University in Australia, and Illinois State University. Lee lives with his wife and three daughters in Indianapolis.
Tiffany Parson is the President of both Interstellar and Aether. She grew up a military “brat,” with both parents being active duty Air Force. The military lifestyle created a very unique, cultured style in her at a young age. That unique, vintage love quickly turned her into an avid second hand shopper. Her ability to recognize brands and values with the blink of an eye, has led her to become a very valuable asset. Tiffany studied both History and Political Science at Indiana University. Tiffany lives in Indianapolis with her husband Lee, and their 3 daughters.
Rick Stanley is the Director of Franchising for Aether Estate Sales Co. He has vast experience in the in the non-traditional auto sales and finance arena and has successfully built and led several companies. Rick was one of four team members who in 1989 started the largest used car franchise system in the country and was an essential player in developing this system for more than seven years including the business model, operations manual, training, and franchise operations. Rick then went on to own 6 successful J.D. Byrider franchises and has generated, collected, and sold over $500 million in subprime auto loans. Rick is an expert in analyzing, acquiring, and repairing underperforming companies. Rick is constantly searching for new ways to improve operations and apply technology to increase performance.
John Ross is the Franchise Coordinator of Aether Estate Sales. He is an experienced problem solver with a long history of management and customer service. He set up the first ever Customer Service Center for the Chicago Sun-Times. Before that, for ten years he managed incoming phone calls for Time, Inc. Mr. Ross also managed two Chicago Area pharmacies and electronics stores, receiving many company awards, including Manager of the Year. His favorite motto is “The Customer is Not Only Right—The Customer is Everything!” John majored in English at the University of Illinois and Chaminade College of Honolulu. He currently lives with his 2 loving dogs in Avon Park, Florida.
J. Michael Sinclair
J. Michael Sinclair is the Creative Director of Interstellar Industries, LLC and its Affiliate, Aether Estate Sales Co. As the first official employee, he has been around since the beginning. Michael directs the creative output of Aether, using innovation through the design process to improve efficiency, productivity, and image. Michael joined the Aether crew near the end of an eight year stint in college where he studied everything from printmaking to human-centered design. After earning a degree in drawing and painting, he pursued a bachelors in visual communications, earning it from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2015. Michael started his professional career at the age of 14, serving as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) for an indoor skatepark. He’s had numerous freelance clients over the years, including LaserTag.com, and the Indiana Pacers.
Timothy Garza is the Sales Manager & Training Director of Aether Estate Sales Co. Timothy directs and coordinates the estate sale teams. He organizes the prepping of the estates, along with managing the estate sales each weekend. Timothy has a background in starting and managing businesses. He currently owns a creative agency called Indiana Creatives, which he founded with his wife and business partner. He is also partnered with a clothing company and a skateboarding company which is currently in the process of building a 14,000 square foot skatepark. Timothy currently lives in Indianapolis with his wife, son, and 2 dogs.
The need to build a successful business brought Aether Estate Sales™ to fruition. It takes a special type of person to want to make sandwiches for the rest of their life, and Lee was not that type of person.
With the ambition that comes from a healthy fear of the food-service industry, and a lifetime of antique & auction experiences from his family to draw upon, Lee set out to start his own estate sale company. He saw the opportunity to standardize and modernize the estate sale experience.
“I had never gone to an estate sale before, and happened to stop by one being held at a nearby town,” Lee says. “The unprofessional presentation, messy and unorganized state of the house, and price-marking with masking tape and permanent markers really stuck in my head. I knew there had to be a more professional approach to putting on an event like this."
So Lee went to work.
Named Aether Estate Sales™, after the classical element substance that holds the universe together, the company was founded on a principal to provide the best estate sale experiences in the industry.