E-Sylum regular Mike Ellis submitted the following announcement of his intention to run for a seat on the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors. Many of the current board members are also E-Sylum regulars, and they've done a great job of getting the organization back on track. -Editor A year and a half ago the ANA membership resoundingly rejected the previous Board of Governors by voting in all new members of the Board. This new board has done a tremendous job of turning the ANA around, heading back in the right direction. Now here it is election time again and this election is every bit as crucial as the last one. Several of the current Board members will not be on the next Board for various reasons. That being said, we must elect a new board that will build upon what the current board has accomplished.
We need a Board that keeps the membership and numismatic community in the highest regard. Board members must be willing to work hard to get finances further under control. They must also keep the line of communication open with the membership while keeping the membership happy and excited about belonging to the ANA. In doing my part I am pleased to announce I am running for a position on the ANA Board of Governors.
Having become a collector in 1968, I come with over 20 years experience as a professional numismatist and numismatic educator in addition to 20 more years as a collector. I served 12 years as a board member and officer of CONECA; a total of six terms with the last eight years and 4 terms as President of the organization. I have been an instructor for ANA Summer Seminars since 1996 (teaching Beginning Grading during week two this year), have given several Numismatic Theater presentations at ANA Anniversary Conventions including one for the NBS in Orlando and have made many educational appearances at other shows and club meetings across the country. I have shared vital ANA information with E-sylum readers several times in the past, some of it revelations first published here that became huge news in the numismatic community.
Of special interest to the NBS members and E-Sylum readers, you will be happy to note that I am a very strong advocate of numismatic publications and have caused many numismatic references to get published and continue to do so today. I consider the program to afford would-be authors to get published while at CONECA to be one of my greatest numismatic accomplishments. Without it many excellent attribution guides would not have been published.
I have contributed in various ways to dozens of numismatic references; served as editor of Errorscope, the award winning, official publication of CONECA, Cherrypickers’ News, and The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties: 4th Edition, Volume I for which I received an NLG award. I have also authored numerous articles in various numismatic publications and have been a columnist for several, including Numismatic News Errorscope and Cherrypickers’ News. I am a huge supporter of “getting it published for public consumption” and “sharing the knowledge.”
I first became a consultant to ICG in 1998 serving in that capacity until April of 2006 when I became a full time grader with ANACS moving to ICG in January of 2008 when ANACS was sold and am currently the Senior Grader and Variety Specialist for Dominion Grading Service (DGS) of Virginia Beach, Virginia where I continue to write numismatic articles.
For my efforts on behalf of collectors and dealers I have been awarded the ANA’s “Glenn Smedly Award” and CONECA’s highest honor, the “Dr. Lyndon King Award.”
If there are any questions I can answer, any actions I can take, or you want to assist in a greater way, do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 512-944-4784. I very much appreciate your support, and together we can help further the mending and improving of the ANA.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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