I did not want to poop on @EVillageProwler ’s fantastic 2022 accomplishments thread, so I started a new thread to reply.
Apologies to all, but I need to say this.
1st Annual International Money Exposition. The convention and show will be held October 26th through 29th, 2023 at the Music City Center, Downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event will be known as “IMEX”
Thank you for the link to the show.
When I saw the name of the show promoter, I immediately thought not only will this show never be close to NYINC in stature, but I can almost guarantee it will be a flop from the very beginning.
I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but I think this must be said publicly. When this person was a high official at ANA, he showed up unannounced at the Mexico City show, ostensibly as an official representative of the ANA. I was present at the show from setup until tear down and witnessed these events firsthand.
The Mexican Numismatic Society, trying to be hospitable but without notice and put on the spot, gave this individual a half-table at a sold-out show so he could peddle his wares. Those wares consisted of, among other inappropriate things, political banknotes and medals depicting the then-sitting President of the United States, someone who made multiple very unkind comments about the country in which said individual was currently the guest of at a free table where those inappropriate things were on full display.
I have purposely tried to forget the unsavory actions and comments of said individual while at the show, so I cannot recount them here. Needless to say I was extremely embarrassed by this individual, on the part of my country and the ANA. And frankly, I couldn’t believe someone could be as incredibly insensitive as he was being.
You may have heard of the term “Ugly American” as related to American tourists abroad. Besides being tone deaf, this guy was the Ugly American in spades.
I cannot imagine a time or place where this person would be a good ambassador for anything, let alone world numismatics.