Long-time Canadian dealer Roy Houtby, owner of Roy’s Stamps, was recently appointed to the American Philatelic Society (APS) Dealer Advisory Council following an announcement from APS Executive Director Scott English.
The council, chaired by APS Vice-President Trish Kaufman, advises the APS board of directors on all matters related to APS dealers and APS shows. The APS board of directors created the council at its Dec. 6, 2016 meeting to “serve as an advisory group to the APS Board of Directors and staff on matters that impact the dealer community, including show locations, membership initiatives, and growth of the hobby.”
Houtby, of St. Catharines, Ont., has been in the stamp business for more than 45 years and participates in upwards of 30 shows across North America, including at least a dozen major events in the U.S., each year. Roy’s Stamps is an annual participant in both the APS StampShow and Ameristamp Expo. He’s also a past president of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association; served as bourse chair for several Canadian national shows, including “Royal 2009,” “BNAPEX 2015” and “Royal 2018”; and will serve on the organizing group for “BNAPEX 2019” in Ottawa. Houtby is also the long-time bourse chair for the St. Catharines Stamp Club’s annual “Cathex” show and has organized the Best Western Stamp Show for more than four decades. He’s also chaired the Ottawa Fall Stamp Fair for the past 14 years.
He will also be one of 50 dealers at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show next weekend in Mississauga and is the bourse chair for Royal 2018, which will be held June 22-24 in St. Catharines.