Idaho hobbyist Oded Paz, 49, declared his candidacy for a seat on the board of governors of the American Numismatic Association.
The current Club and District Represenatives Coordinator says he has never turned away from a challenge.
“My main goal is bringing the ANA closer to the individual collector, local coin clubs and the smaller coin dealers around the nation,” he said. “We need to refocus on those that cannot afford to attend major ANA conventions, yet are still avid numismatic collectors and local dealers.”
He knows the importance of local organizations from first-hand experience.
In 2003 he founded and became the president of the Unrecognized States Numismatics Society for collectors of various fantasy issues.
Paz took the presidency of the California Association of Token Collectors and enlarged its membership. Unfortunately, he said, it fell apart after he had left.
He said “educating youth should be on the top of the ANA’s priorities. We have seen many other hobbies dwindle down due to lack of new collectors. We must not let this happen to numismatics.”
Paz is also an avid speaker, has given many programs on his numismatic expertise to local clubs, as well as two presentations at the ANA conventions’ Sundman Lectures,
He has followed the numismatic migration online. He established three Yahoo Discussion Groups for the ANA – ANA-DRP, ANA-MRC and ANA Exhibitors & Judges. He is the current moderator of all three groups.
Paz was made a Numismatic Ambassador in 2011.
As an exhibitor, he won Rodger E. Hershey People’s Choice award at the 2009 Los Angeles ANA World’s Fair of Money.
His background includes owning and running multi-million dollar businesses, with emphasis on operations, marketing and sales, he said.