ATA names 2023 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Long-time collector, editor, author, presenter and philatelic leader Thomas Broadhead, of Tennessee, has received the 2023 Distinguished Topical Philatelist from the American Topical Association (ATA).

The ATA established the annual award in 1952 to pay tribute to individuals who have made significant contributions to the association and topical philately at large.

“Tom is accomplished as a collector and exhibitor, and he is generous in sharing his knowledge with others,” ATA President Dawn Hamman said. “There is not enough space here to list all of Tom’s philatelic accomplishments.”

Broadhead’s experience in the field and hobby of stamp collecting runs the gamut from personal collecting, exhibiting, writing, publication editing, presenting plus leadership in local and national philatelic organizations. Since 1996, he has held leadership roles in the Knoxville Philatelic Society, serving as president, secretary, assistant treasurer and Knoxpex chair. He writes and edits the club’s monthly newsletter, which received a 2022 gold Star Route Award from the APS. He also serves as APS and ATA chapter ambassador for KPS.

“Tom Broadhead is an incredible ambassador of philately,” Hamman added, “relaying both the educational value and the fun of the hobby. His warmth and enthusiasm embody the image ATA strives to project.”

Broadhead will receive the Distinguished Topical Philatelist Award at the 2023 Great American Stamp Show this August in Cleveland, Ohio.

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