In a press release this week, Gary Adkins, current vice president and three-term board member of the American Numismatic Association, announced that he will run for the office of president of the organization.
The ANA is run by a board of governors consisting of a president, vice president, and seven governors. A new board is elected every two years; the current board, of which Jeff Garrett is president and Adkins vice president, was elected in 2015, when 14 candidates ran for seven governor seats. (The presidential and vice presidential seats were uncontested.)
To be eligible to run for the board of governors, an individual must have been a member of the ANA for at least three years. A candidate must serve at least one 2-year term as governor to be eligible to run for president or vice president of the board. Total service on the ANA board of governors is limited to 10 years.
“The ANA has made a great deal of progress over the past few years, especially under the presidency of Jeff Garrett and the current board, as well as our executive director, Kim Kiick,” says Adkins.“I want to continue that forward momentum and do what I can to improve our services and commitments to members, dealers, and the numismatic community in general.”
Adkins also serves on the board of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), and is a past chairman of that organization. He has served on the board of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and as its president. “These are important organizations that do a great deal to improve and protect our hobby, as well as collecting and business interests, and I hope to work closely with them as ANA president.”
As a member of ANA since 1970, Adkins has been a strong advocate for education and promotion of the hobby, as well as for consumer protection. “ANA should be the go-to organization for these services, and I hope to continue progress in that direction, as well as improving ANA’s club outreach. Clubs do a great service to local communities and are the first line for recruitment of new members and future generations to the hobby.”
Developing and improving strategic partnerships with key organizations in the industry is another of Adkins’s goals. “We have enjoyed working with many great partners to improve and enhance direct and indirect membership benefits.”
Looking back on the 2015–2017 term, Adkins says, “The board this past term has been excellent. I look forward to serving with these great people again, and with any new members who may be elected, to help steer the ANA successfully into the future, as the premier organization, serving collectors for over 125 years.” ❑
Editor’s note: ANA elections traditionally use paper balloting. For the past two elections (2013 and 2015), members have had the additional option of voting online. In a statistic that seems to reflect the average age of the hobby’s base, as well as that of the ANA membership, about 5,000 of the votes cast in those years used paper ballots, versus about 500 each year online. The aging of the collector base, whether it bodes ill for the hobby, and what the possible solutions may be are constant subjects of discussion. To expand on this conversation, Coin Update is considering ways to measure the number of younger collectors who are very active but do most of their trading online, and thus are invisible in head-counts of traditional collectors. Reader suggestions in this regard are welcome.