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A team matrix approach will be taken to running future American Numismatic Association conventions, executive director Larry Shepherd told the board of governors during a telephone meeting Sept. 14.

The new approach is fleshed out by two promotions and two new hires, he said, following the August resignation of Brenda Bishop, convention services manager.

ANA is also looking for a new information technology and website manager following the resignation of David Lighty that is effective in November.

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Shepherd reported that dealers who sign up for both the spring and fall shows for 2011 by Oct. 15 will get a discount of 20 percent on bourse tables and if they sign up for those two shows and next year’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, they will also get a free half page ad in an issue of The Numismatist or the convention program.

There will be a special issue of The Numismatist focusing on the World’s Fair of Money published three months ahead of the event. Shepherd said he expected it would be the May issue.
The board approved the creation of a special emeritus exhibit category for exhibits that have won the maximum number of awards, or for exhibits by ANA officers who would otherwise be ineligible to participate. This category would not be considered for best in show.

Funding of $3,500 for the award was donated by former ANA president Barry Stuppler.

The convention theme exhibit category was made permanent. Financial support was promised by ANA President Clifford Mishler. He he had previously paid for a four-year trial.

Mishler suggested that ANA send out e-mails asking its members to comment by the Sept. 22 deadline on a request to the State Department from Greece to restrict coin imports. Scott Rottinghaus, a member of the board of governors, will represent ANA at an October hearing on the matter in Washington.

Shepherd said a letter was written to Colorado’s representatives and senators and California’s attorney general Jerry Brown that suggested that the Chinese counterfeiting problem might be tackled by focusing on the people who are importing the fakes.

The board also voted on a number of housekeeping motions, including hiring GES as the decorator for the Sacramento spring show in 2011 at a cost of $92,465.

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