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Posted: April 12, 2014 6:14 PM CST


LONG TIME NO SPEAK!


Hello Friends,

I appologize for being tardy about posting a NEW HOT T OPICS.

First, to bring you up to speed, I want to clarify my pulling down the last posting concerning the Stella issue. It was time to do so. Even though I have had complaints filed against me by the good folks at PNG and of course the guilty party himself (with the ANA), those situations had nothing to do with my decision. Things are attempting to be worked out by all parties. So why beat a dead horse? There have been no further problems from the situation.

I will also clarify, I will NEVER not keep speaking my mind about what I see wrong-no matter what group or who is involved. We'll see how these discussions go. Right now we are making some serious progress-progress that WILL affect ALL collectors for the better. You know if things do not work out, I will have some highly riviting factual comments to make. BUT change is what I really want, not to be jawing at every negative.

UPDATE: the other issue, that knucklehead who thought he'd have some fun with us on that ill gotten extortionist web site-The Rip Off Report is awaiting a judges decision for his fate. He has been busted and caught red handed badly-and he knows it. Unfortunately, the legal system moves very slow on cases like this. He had offered to settle, but he meant so much harm to me, Legend, and my partners-NO WAY!

THE ANA NON HAPPENINGS

I am so distraught. I ran for a seat on tyhe board and promised everyone change. STILL NO CHANGE. Why? The ANA just can NOT get out of its own way. Its a deeply ingrained cultrual issue.

Let me make this VERY clear: the ANA board is a VERY hard working and determined group. For as much as several members clearly want change, ther are a few who just are mired in the normal ANA BS. Truthfully all we ever discuss is ANA pension plans, lawsuits, staffng issues, budgets and VERY little about change. Hard to believe, there is no time to change. I am so worried in the next decade the ANA will barely have 10,000 members. I strongly believe we should be at 100,000 just based on the fact the world wide web exists. I see people are knocking me for these comments-well shouldn't the world know what is happening? By NOT changing, we are scaring off the potential youth. Why sugar coat everything if nothing is happening? The truth hurts.

I have been screaming for HUGE changes to the show case ANA Show (not location change-I am pro-Chi because of its central location) and have been gravely concerned about the dying membership base. I have sent multiple emails with little to no response. I have stood up at board meetings. One proposal for the show got shot down by some show committe who has so far done NOTHING. I do play nice in the group-really.

I can't wait to see what a disaster the ANA new web site will be. There is no way anyone can justify the price paid. I know I have a far more reaching and complicated new web site that cost me MUCH LESS to build at LM Auctions. And then of course there is the issue of content. Heck, the board can't move on any changes for the organization, we are going to miss so much good content. Plus, I have been greatly disturbed about how poorly the ANA's great educational resources have been used. I for the life of me do not understand why the ANA does not have the #1 on line educational facilities. We can educate and expand our membership that way. But we'll never get to it when we have to discuss pensions, lawsuits, and budgets.

The ANA needs new marketing-desperately. They just do not think outside the box. We also need to bring in an outside consultant who knows real non profits and can advise us. I gave a name, and no one has asked to follow up. Yet again-these issues are at the back of the chain or have already been passed over. VERY SAD.

Due to travel and then illness I missed the April 8th conference call. No one has bothered to tell me anything as to what happened. I am not angry, just disappointed in everything-including myself. Again, never before have I not been able to create change.

So thats where we are at on the ANA issues. I am still here trying! A lot of people are empty talk, I'd like to see more show up at meetings and work! It takes more then the just the BOG to make changes!!

I hope to be back to writing HOT TOPICS on a regular basis now. There are so many issues that are disturbing to me. All we can do is try to fix them one at a time! I'm still after the coin docs!!!

Any issues or questions, please email me direct:
lsperber1@hotmail.com

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