Gary Adkins, immediate past president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, was elected as the new chairman of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets at its board meeting in Orlando, ICTA announced Jan. 6.
Adkins, a professional numismatist for 45 years and an ICTA board member for many years, said he was honored by the board’s decision.
“If there is one organization that best protects the interest of dealers, collectors and investors, ICTA certainly holds that distinction in my view,” said Adkins. “With the constant threat of new and existing government regulations, taxation and the many threats to our hobby and industry, ICTA is that single front line source of defense, education and support for its members.”
“Eloise Ullman and Diane Piret, the ever vigilant staff of ICTA, serve tirelessly and unselfishly on behalf of our organization,” said Fred Weinberg, outgoing chairman. “I have been honored to work with them, and I know Gary will be in capable hands as he takes over the task of steering the organization toward the future.”
One of Adkins’ first orders of business was to create a long-range planning committee to look to the future of ICTA. Adkins will ask for the help of some of the past chairmen of the organization for guidance and ideas. Pat Heller, ICTA’s current financial officer, was appointed to head the new committee.
“We hope to build a strategic plan that looks at scenarios for ICTA’s future,” said Adkins. “Goals, finances, management, government regulations, tax scenarios and other items will be considered. We cannot predict the future, but if the past year has taught us anything, it is clear we need to rethink our visions of what is vital for the organization’s success in the world that is evolving quickly.”
Adkins also appointed Bob Greenstein as his vice chairman.
“Bob has impressed me as a pragmatic thinker and a visionary,” said Adkins. “With Bob’s support and the efforts of a wonderful team of dedicated and experienced people, I trust that ICTA will flourish and build on a momentum that benefits dealers, hobbyists, investors and all the associated businesses that ICTA supports and protects.”