Chairman's Message

Philip DiehlIt’s hard to believe that I’m already four months into my term as chairman of the Board of ICTA. We have a lot going on these days and that makes the time fly by.

For example, ICTA is taking the lead in mobilizing our industry to fight the growing challenge of counterfeit coinage. We have developed and circulated mission and vision statements asking for comments from people who attended our summit in August at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim.

The counterfeiting challenge will be with us for years to come. Our mission and vision statements are important because they will focus and guide our work as we set out on this course. We’ll meet again in January to finalize these statements and discuss the way forward. Please join us on Friday, January 6, at 7:00 a.m. at the Florida United Numismatists show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This anti-counterfeiting effort is important, for ICTA and for everyone in numismatics. To mount an effective campaign, we will need broad and committed support from individuals, companies, and numismatic organizations in every facet of the business. Our success will depend on educating law enforcement and other government officials about the rising tide of counterfeiting and mobilizing them to join our efforts to turn that tide.

On another front, ICTA staff and a small committee of board members are busy rewriting ICTA’s bylaws. This might not sound like a big job, but our bylaws inadequately reflect who we are, what we do, and how we do it. The committee expects to present a draft of new bylaws to ICTA’s executive committee early next year. Final approval by the board will be requested later in the year. Next year, we’ll also tackle a rewrite of ICTA’s Policy and Procedures Manual.

ICTA has always been active advancing our interests in Washington and state capitals across the country. We’ll be especially busy in 2017, and we’re already working to set ourselves up for success, aggressively pursuing sales-tax exemptions in at least six states: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tennessee. And, Virginia we're working on expanding the exemption to include coins and to remove its sunset provision.

Always, our best chance of success is when dealers and customers participate in our legislative efforts. If you live in one of these seven states, please give us a hand. If you’re willing to volunteer a little time, say, to make a phone call or write a letter, let us know. In addition, our legislative efforts are expensive. Please consider making a financial contribution to our efforts.

Our sales-tax exemption efforts deliver tangible benefits to dealers and customers, so they’re a great opportunity for ICTA and its members to demonstrate our value to others who ought to be part of our team. Urge them to join us.