The Industry Council for Tangible Assets is expanding its
Effective Dec. 1, David Crenshaw will become the numismatic
industry group's Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position
that will work closely with Executive Director Kathy McFadden, who
was hired Oct. 1 and became executive director of the
Maryland-based organization on Nov. 1. Louisiana-based Diane Piret,
ICTA Industry Affairs Director, rounds out the team.
Crenshaw brings with him a lengthy numismatic resume. Most
recently, he has served a nine-year stint as general manager of the
largest and best privately run coin expos in the country: Whitman
Coin & Collectibles Expo, with shows in Baltimore,
Philadelphia, Atlanta and Nashville.
During his time with Whitman he had seven years of close
collaboration with ICTA, including fending off potentially harmful
legislation in Maryland. Crenshaw led the effort to defeat Maryland
Governor Martin O'Malley's 2013 budget proposal, a provision of
which would have repealed the sales tax exemption for transactions
involving precious-metal bullion and coins. Through Crenshaw's
efforts with key numismatic professional colleagues and like-minded
members of the Maryland House of Delegates, House Bill 87 and
Senate Bill 152 never reached the floor. The effort saved an
estimated $3 million, not to mention generating millions more in
economic impact for the people of Maryland.
Prior to his position with Whitman, Crenshaw worked as a
computer programmer and analyst for Honey Baked Ham Company and
others. This experience will be a close fit for his new duties at
ICTA. Among his new responsibilities will be working to ensure the
organization takes full advantage of the latest technological
"David Crenshaw brings a unique skill set to ICTA, combining his
relationship with many of our dealers and his knowledge of
computers," said ICTA Chairman Bob Greenstein.
"After his years of experience helping coin dealers for the
Whitman Baltimore show, he is the right person at the right time to
continue those relationships representing ICTA," said former
American Numismatic Association President Barry Stuppler."
In testament to the high regard in which Whitman holds Crenshaw,
Whitman Publishing President Mary Burleson said, "David Crenshaw
has been a valued member of the Whitman team since 2004. Whitman
has been a supporter of ICTA for many years, and we wish David
success in his new position."
Crenshaw's interest in numismatics has been lifelong. He began
collecting at age 10. By the time he was 13 he had founded his own
mail-order error-coin business, publishing a catalog cleverly named
"Nobody's Perfect," which helped support him through high school
and college. Since then, he's served the coin collecting community
in a number of notable ways: as editor of both the Metropolitan
Coin Club of Atlanta and the Georgia Numismatic Association's
journals, and as Secretary and Vice President, respectively, of
For a time he was also Board Chairman of the Southern Gold