Kathy’s career in the association-management industry has spanned more than 30 years, with 21 of those years as an executive director. She has also been the founder and president of an international company. Both of those fields required extensive knowledge in branding, marketing, public relations, finances, education, negotiations, and networking. During her association profession, legislative and regulatory affairs were a key element of the operations of the industries she represented. She was the lead lobbyist in passing, monitoring, and defeating legislation. She understands the significance of being the voice of the industry.
David brings with him a lengthy numismatic resume. Most recently, he has served a nine-year stint as general manager of the largest and best privately run coin expos in the country: Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, with shows in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Nashville.
During his time with Whitman he had seven years of close collaboration with ICTA, including fending off potentially harmful legislation in Maryland. David led the effort to defeat Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2013 budget proposal, a provision of which would have repealed the sales-tax exemption for transactions involving precious-metal bullion and coins. Through David’s efforts with key numismatic professional colleagues and like-minded members of the Maryland House of Delegates, House Bill 87 and Senate Bill 152 never reached the floor. The effort saved dealers an estimated $3 million, not to mention generating millions more in economic impact for the people of Maryland.
Prior to his position with Whitman, David worked as a computer programmer and analyst for Honey Baked Ham Company and others. This experience will be a close fit for his duties at ICTA. Among his responsibilities will be working to ensure the organization takes full advantage of the latest technological advancements.
John brings ICTA his expansive knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes, having spent the past two years working as a legislative/regulatory consultant for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to national associations. At State Net, John reorganized and completely reworked the legislative/regulatory processes of many major American businesses and associations, and this will be one of his chief responsibilities with ICTA.
John went to law school, and passed the bar, in California, having concentrated his studies in contract law, business law, negotiations, and statutory interpretation. He will be putting this knowledge to work as ICTA looks to bring its internal by-laws up to date. John’s work experience and studies make him a perfect fit for the many hats he will be wearing with ICTA.
Beth was editor of Coin World for 27 years and has remained active in numismatics through writing and presenting educational forums since her retirement from Coin World in 2012. She was inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 2008 Coin World teamed with the New York Times to publish the first major series on counterfeit coins made in China entering the U.S. marketplace. In 2009 Deisher and Dr. Gregory Dubay team-taught classes on Chinese counterfeits during the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar and during the World’s Fair of Money. Subsequently she has presented several educational workshops and forums on Chinese counterfeits regionally throughout the nation.