American Numismatic Association Vice President Jeff Garrett announced he will run for the ANA presidency in this year’s election.
The professional rare coin dealer has served as a board member for the last six years.
Garrett said, “The ANA has achieved a great deal in the last few years, and I believe my 35 plus years of numismatic experience has been a significant help. It has been a pleasure to work with the board that is in place and I am eager to work with those who join the board after the next election.”
He cited increasing the membership and fund-raising as his two major goals.
“It is my goal to increase membership of the ANA by at least 5,000 members in the next few years,” he said.
“This will require the work of everyone involved with the ANA and the help of partners with expertise in marketing and promotion. I plan to use relationships I have forged in the industry to move the ANA toward those goals. In the past the ANA has been great with ideas, but results have sometimes been slow to materialize,” Garrett said.
He said he plans to work with the ANA to promote planned giving.
According to Garrett, “Fund-raising is vital to the long-term success of the ANA. A tremendous amount of money will be passed down from one generation to the next in the next couple of decades. The ANA is the best place to ensure the long- term viability of the hobby by remembering the organization when doing estate planning.
Garrett also recognizes the importance of the ANA employees.
“I am also very proud of the wonderful staff at ANA headquarters. I hope to build on the work of the staff and this board to fulfill the strategic goals and mission of the organization, he said.
Garrett has been a collector since 1969 when a family friend gave him a Lincoln cent board.
Growing up he was a junior officer of the Clearwater Coin Club in the 1970s.
Many years ago he said he reorganized the Bluegrass Coin Club in Lexington, Ky., and it thrives today.
Garrett is co-author of the Encyclopedia of United States Gold Coins.
The book was done in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. He has been a consultant and fund-raiser for the museum in recent years.
Garrett can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.