As I See It...
By James E. Lee
(From Newsletter No. 51)


The American Stamp Dealers Association Election:
Grab the Bull by the Horns

For the past two years I have been working to bring about change in the American Stamp Dealers Association by working from the outside. However, for the most part, the ideas and strategies that I developed fell on deaf ears or received lip service. Therefore, I am now taking the bull by the horns and hope to get a seat at the table. Not just any seat mind you but the position of president of the association. I am on the ballot in the May 2009 election.

In order to bring about change and growth a board that is willing to do the hard work will also be needed. To that end a couple of my close friends (friendship developed over 19 years in this business) have also agreed to run for directors positions. They are Richard Friedberg a leading revenue dealer from Meadville, PA (he has also served as mayor of Meadville for the past 12 years) and Jim Bardo of Bardo Stamps of Buffalo Grove, IL (he as served as show director of the Midwest Stamp Dealers Association for the past 12 years). Both Richard and Jim are hard working and eminently qualified to serve on the board and most of all willing to give whatever time is needed.

The decision to run was not easy. It will take a lot of time away from my business. However, my vision for the Association had reached a point where it was time to put up or shut up. Here are some of the pertinent points of what I hope the board of directors can accomplish over the next two years (if you are an ASDA member reading this you will have already received my entire plan via both email and snail mail):

  1. Reverse declining membership
  2. Improve communication between the board and the membership
  3. Identify and implement new revenue sources
  4. Build the paid circulation of our magazine, American Stamp Dealer & Collector
  5. Redevelop our website
  6. Improve and enhance our flagship shows

These are just six of the 11 points in the plan. Accomplishing these points will not only impact the membership but the collecting public as well.

One of the most important things that I can do is listening. I welcome all comments, suggestions, or ideas whether they come from fellow dealer members or collectors. You can call, write, or email me.

P.S. If you have not voted yet please vote for me, Richard Friedberg, and Jim Bardo.

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