At the 16th annual ceremony at the Lansing Radisson Hotel last night, Patrick A. Heller of Liberty Coin Service was announced as the winner of the 2010 Entrepreneurial Awards of Greater Lansing in the Retail category.
“This award recognizes the tremendous long-term growth of Liberty Coin Service,” said Heller, owner of Liberty Coin Service.
“Annual sales have increased more than 30 times since I started here in 1981 and staff has grown from three to seventeen. Beyond that, the judges also took into consideration the fact that Liberty Coin Service, over its history, has encouraged a surprisingly high percentage of its student employees to go on to successful entrepreneurial careers. I am as honored at this award as I was when I received the 2004 Entrepreneurial Awards of Greater Lansing in the Socially Responsible category.”
The 2010 Entrepreneurial Awards of Greater Lansing were sponsored by local businesses including Andrews, Hooper & Pavlik, PLC, Capitol National Bank, The Greater Lansing Business Monthly, Maner, Costerisan, PC, MSU Federal Credit Union, Plante & Moran, PLLC, Radisson Hotel Lansing, Strategic Products & Services, Inc., Symbiosis International, TDS Metrocom, and WILX TV 10.
Liberty Coin Service, in the Bank of America and Clippert Buildings in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, was established in 1971. It is Michigan’s largest rare coins and precious metals bullion dealership. Owner Pat Heller writes the company’s monthly newsletter, Liberty’s Outlook, and also weekly gold and precious metals commentaries for http://numismaster.com and http://coinupdate.com. He is the precious metals commentator for WILS-1320 AM and is periodically interviewed for Coin Chat Radio. Heller was honored with the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Presidential Award in 2008. As a member of the Michigan Quarter Commission appointed by former Governor John Engler, Heller was also the primary author of the written descriptions supplied to the US Mint for the design of the 2004 Michigan quarter. Heller serves numismatics as treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the national trade association for the rare coin and precious metals industry, and as chairman of committees for the ANA (Finance, Budget & Audit), ICTA (Long Range Planning), and the Michigan State Numismatic Society (Elections).