Olympin Board of Directors
Olympin's Board of Directors consists of seven individuals:
Don Bigsby: President
After attending the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics, Don’s passion for pin trading and amateur sports prompted him to create Olympin in June 1982. His objective was to create a forum for people to enjoy pin trading without having to attend the Games, and hence make new friends around the world. The Club has expanded to include members from over 30 nations. As a result of falling in love with the Olympics and pins, Don has been to 15 Olympiads. Don continues to write the quarterly newsletters over the past 33 years, and he still enjoys working for the Club. His collection consists of Athlete and Media pins, plus several other types of Olympic memorabilia. His greatest treasures are the memories from attending the Games and Pin Shows, and the wonderful friends he has made from many nations. Don had the honor of running in the 1996, 2002 and 2006 Olympic Torch Runs.
Scott Reed: Vice-President
Scott has always enjoyed history, sports and travel, so the Olympics allows him to combine all three passions into one great hobby. He began collecting Olympic pins during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. Scott enjoys the social aspect of the hobby, particularly meeting fellow traders at the Games and at shows. He is helping coordinate the 2016 Atlanta Olympin Show in September.
Sid Marantz: Secretary
Sid has attended 15 Olympic Games, his first being in 1960 (Rome) as a teenager with his family. He started collecting pins while attending his second Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 and resumed the hobby about a year before the 1984 Los Angeles Games. He joined the club in 1983. Sid specializes in bid, NOC, and media pins but will trade for any pin he does not have for his collection. He enjoys "churning": trading for a pin he has and replacing it on his board for the pin of about equal value he just traded away as he believes the most fun is in the trading. The people he meets and the memories he acquires rival his collection in importance. Sid has helped staff and manage numerous trading centers for Coca Cola and Local Games Organizing Committees and has written extensively on pin trading for various journals and magazines.
Jon Becker: Treasurer
An Olympic memorabilia collector since the early 1970’s, Jon has collected just about everything Olympic over the years. It all started with a family vacation and a side trip to the Munich Olympics in 1972, and has encompassed many more Olympic Games, both Winter and Summer. Along the way, Jon’s business career gave him excuses to attend and broadcast coverage of the Olympics on radio. He has written articles on Olympic memorabilia for newspapers and magazines, authored or co-authored several books and monographs on various aspects of the subject, and is a member of the Executive Board of the non-profit, Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Jon has also appeared on television and radio programs over the years promoting the hobby. He has been asked to do appraisals on numerous individual items, as well as entire collections, and has given several appraisals for items on PBS Television’s Antiques Roadshow. Jon has also co-produced numerous Collectors’ Fairs since 1990. In an earlier life, he was a professional photographer, and has been able to create a library of thousands of photographs of all types of Olympic memorabilia.
Craig Perlow: Board Member
Craig is a native New Yorker who moved to suburban Atlanta in early 1996. He has been a Club member since the beginning of 1985 and became a Lifetime member at the end of 2011. Craig has been collecting Olympic Memorabilia since 1976 and although he gradually began to liquidate his collection in 2006, Craig's interests continue to encompass a broad range of items. However, his focus and expertise mostly revolve around Bid Pins, and NOC Pins and IOC Session Badges connected to the Games he has attended. His collecting life reached its peak when Coca-Cola chose him as a Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torchbearer and then hired him as the Pin Trading Coordinator for its downtown Pin Trading Center in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. His most noteworthy literary achievements are the launching of his internationally-recognized website, OlympianArtifacts.com, in 1998 and the self-publishing of his book, The Perlow Guide To Olympic Bid Pins: 1960-2016 in 2006.
Pam Litz: Board Member
Pam has attended thirteen Olympic Games so far with Sochi 2014 being the most recent. Her passion for the Olympics and for pin trading began during the Los Angeles 1984 Games when she was a teacher and served as an Olympic volunteer in public information. At the Opening Ceremonies after observing various small groups huddled together trading pins, she stood in a long line at a souvenir stand to buy a few, made her first trade with a Korean wrestling coach from Seoul, and has been totally hooked ever since. She loves the combination of traveling, reuniting with old friends, making new ones, and trading for more of those little treasures. During the past few Olympics, Pam has been involved as one of Coca-Cola’s “experts” at their pin trading centers and enjoys coaching newcomers to the hobby as they make their first trades. She is a long-time member of Olympin and recently helped to organize and coordinate the 2014 Olympin Collectors Club Show in Los Angeles.
Ingrid O'Neil: Board Member