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APS hires Megan Orient as manager of shows

May 18, 2015 03:30 PM

Megan Orient is the new manager of shows and exhibitions for the American Philatelic Society. Orient fills the vacancy created by the March 1 departure of Dana Guyer, who accepted the position of executive director with the American Stamp Dealers Association.

Orient began in her new position May 18, which is when the APS announced the appointment.

According to the APS, Orient has 15 years of experience in management and operational positions for nonprofit organizations and tourism entities obtained while accompanying her husband on different tours of duty before his retirement from the military in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education, a Certificate in Historic Preservation and is a graduate of the Southeast Tourism Society’s program for tourism marketing professionals.

As the new APS manager of shows and exhibitions, she will be responsible for the two large APS shows: the winter Ameristamp Expo and the summer APS Stampshow. Her duties also include coordinating APS staffing at World Series of Philately national shows and scheduling the use of the American Philatelic Center by outside groups. She will work with show assistant Barb Johnson.

Orient is also the new APS complaints manager.

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“We look forward to Orient using her broad experience to help us to improve our shows for dealers, exhibitors, affiliates, members and the general public," APS executive director Ken Martin said in the May 18 press release. "In addition to their financial impact, APS shows play an important role in member retention and recruitment, and I am confident Orient has the skills and talent to improve our events.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the American Philatelic Society," said Orient. "With a background in tourism, historic preservation and nonprofit work, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to planning and hosting the annual trade shows and exhibitions."

Orient has always loved sending and receiving handwritten letters.

"Stamps are a special extension of the personal contents letters deliver," she said. "Though my current stamp collection is amateur at best, I do hope to strengthen my knowledge and expand my humble shoebox to a level worthy of membership in this organization."

Orient may be reached at meganorient@stamps.org, or by phone at 814-933-3803, ext. 207.

The American Philatelic Society, founded in 1886, is the national stamp collecting organization of the United States, with more than 30,000 members in 110 countries worldwide. For more information about the society and its services, e-mail info@stamps.org, visit the APS online, or write to the American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823.

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