Scott Barman Announces A Run for the ANA Board of Governors
Montgomery County, Maryland-Newly installed Montgomery County Coin Club (MCCC) President Scott Barman announced that he would be running for a seat on the American Numismatic Association(ANA) Board of Governors.
"I would like to bring new ideas to the ANA
that will increase its membership beyond the steady 25,000-28,000 of the last decade," Scott
said in his
"Not only does the ANA
need to embrace the future, but find ways of keeping young numismatists engaged after they reach 18 years old instead of waiting for them to find their way back after 40."
scott barman Scott Barman Announces A Run for the ANA Board of Governors
Like many young numismatists, Scott's collecting pursuits waned when he
old blue folders and albums through adulthood, there was never time to engage in the hobby while growing a career and family.
Like many, that changed in his
40s after becoming a widower.
believes that if the technology was as available as it is today, he
could have integrated collecting into his
young adult activities into his
life and continued with his
"Technology has changed a lot since I wrote my first program on punch cards," Scott
"A number of reports said that more than 3 million people were collecting State Quarters since the program started in 1999," Scott
"Why hasn't that interest translated into more ANA members?"
Aside from making the services and resources of the ANA more available to its members, Scott is worried that the Association does not feel more accessible to the average collector.
Scott believes that the professionals working for the ANA are competent and qualified, but the Board of Governors must look into what it will take to create an atmosphere to support them and prevent the problems of the past.
"With support for the professionals in Colorado Springs and expanding the use of technology to engage more collectors, the future of the ANA
will be very bright," Scott
When Scott returned to collecting in 2002, he joined the Montgomery County Coin Club.
Finding a club with an active membership, Scott
embraced the challenge to become more active and looked to make an immediate impact.
Shortly after joining, Scott became Webmaster of the MCCC website (montgomerycoinclub.org) and began to contribute to meetings with presentations.
Eventually, Scott was elected to the MCCC Board of Directors before being first elected club president in 2008.
Scott served two terms as MCCC president including 2009, the club's 50th anniversary.
Club rules prohibited seeking a third consecutive term, so he became a board member and then vice president.
Scott was elected president for 2013 and will continue to serve the club as its president and Webmaster.
After becoming hooked on numismatics again, Scott joined the ANA in 2003 and read everything he could find about his collecting interests.
This has lead to Scott joining the American Israel Numismatic Association while collecting Israel currency and exploring his Jewish heritage, and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association to learn more about Canadian coinage since his second wife's family is from Canada.
Following his time as a club representative to the Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA), Scott became a member and the organization's webmaster (mdstatenumisassn.org), board member, then was elected vice president for 2012.
MSNA Vice President Scott Barman is serving his second term in 2013.
In 2005, Scott
started the Coin Collectors Blog (coinsblog.ws) that he
continues to write today.
The Coin Collectors Blog is where Scott
has spoken directly to other collectors writing about news, history, instructions, opinions, and whatever else has come to mind.
This has lead to articles that have appeared in on-line and printed numismatic publications.
For the last year, Scott has worked with the ad-hoc ANA Technology Committee providing assistance to the ANA Board of Governors to repair and grow the ANA's technology platforms.
work will continue with this committee and support it being made a permanent advisory committee to the ANA Board of Governors.
Recently, Scott has been working with the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee as political coordinator keeping the membership informed of the numismatic and precious metal news in his locale, Washington, DC.
When not involved in numismatics, Scott is an information security and systems architecture analyst for a not-for-profit corporation that works with the Federal Government.
job is to help the government build systems to serve the public and protect personal information.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science from the University of Georgia and a Master of Information Systems Management with a concentration in information security and public policy management from Carnegie Mellon University.
is currently finishing a book about collecting titled Enjoying Numismatics, A Conversation in Collecting.
This will be published as an electronic book to reach the same audience he
wants to interest in becoming ANA members.
is passionate about collecting and the organizations that support the collector and dealer communities.
would like to use his
unique background to bring a new perspective to the Board of Governors and to ensure the ANA's future.
For more information, please contact Scott Barman
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (202) 285-9029.