New contributor Erick Korpi
introduced his friend Phil Healy to Bob in late January and Phil was recruited as a new contributor to establish an Inkwell account there and to launch auctions in February, and to alternate with Bob on eBay auctions.
Ceremony participants included Bob Almond as Emcee/host, Tim Townsend as Presenter, Dan Panosian as Keynote Speaker, Ethan Van Sciver as auctioneer, Ms. Inkwell spokesmodel Kathy Tayler as Hostess, Erick Korpi as auction assistant, and volunteers Ryan Beaman and Chris Woodard.
was promoted from Contributor to core committee, retaining his
art advisor and convention assistant duties but taking on one new role and returning to one former one.
In order to better allocate funds to the Dave Simons Fund, something Bob had been brainstorming about for many months, his
job would be to raise funds for that program independent of the primary fundraising and budget.