Profile New IFSDA President

IFSDA President Rob Smit

“I am very grateful and happy to take over this position and have great determination and energy for the task ahead.

A few words about myself.

As you may know, I am a Dutch stamp dealer. I am 57 years old and have been in the stamp business for over 40 years with my self-built company

Until recently I ran three stamp shops in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Haarlem. These have now been combined to make one large shop in Haarlem.

However, nowadays my major sales come from the internet via my own webshop and the company employs approximately 20 people.

I have been a board member of the Dutch dealers association NVPH for over 12 years and am proud to say that the NVPH was one the founding organisations for the IFSDA which was established in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1952.

English is not my native language, so please forgive me if my writing is less expressive, poetic and joyful than that of my predecessor Richard. However, I can understand and speak a few words in German and French.

People who know me are aware of the fact that I am always looking for ways to improve or change things to get better results. That’s my nature.

This does not mean that I want to immediately change everything, but I am very open to change and any suggestions for improvement will be well thought through before implementation.

You know that we live in a fast changing world. This also applies the philatelic market.
I dream of an IFSDA that brings dealers from all over the world closer together, giving them greater opportunities to increase their trade – which will make them proud to be an IFSDA member through their national organisation. That’s my goal.

I am very happy that there are so many experienced board members to work with. Ingomar, just chosen as treasurer, vice-president Lars-Olow and of course Paul Sussman, also a vice-president and our UPU contact person. Naturally I am also happy to work with all of the other board members.”