APS President Cheryl Ganz appointed Stephen McGill, FRPSL, to serve as Director-at-Large to replace outgoing Director Matt Kewriga, who recently resigned from the APS Board to focus on his new business.
“We’re so excited to have Steve join the APS Board. He’s internationally recognized for his research, leadership, and commitment to sharing his knowledge with others. Steve started and still runs a successful business outside the hobby,” said Ganz on appointing McGill, “He is going to be a great asset for moving organized philately forward.”
McGill joined the APS in April 1998. He is an accredited APS Philatelic Judge and Treasurer of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. McGill has also been a regular instructor at the APS Summer Seminar on British Philately.
The APS Board of Directors voted unanimously to confirm the appointment. McGill will serve for the remainder of the term, which ends in August 2025.
Steve started collecting stamps as a child but took a break to raise a family and develop his business. He returned in the late 1990s, focusing on Great Britain, China, Russia, and portions of Scandinavia.
Steve giving an interview during Summer Seminar 2023.
Beginning in 2000, Steve's interest in modern Great Britain accelerated as an active member of the Great Britain Collectors Club, where he served as President, the Great Britain Philatelic Society and the Royal Philatelic Society of London (Fellow). Chance encounters with a few British modern material collectors in the U.K. and prodding from a local (Colorado) philatelic judge pushed Steve into first exhibiting the Machin definitive series in 2008.
With the help of many philatelic judges, an excellent U.K. dealer, and support from like-minded enthusiasts, the early exhibit has morphed into three displays covering early British postal mechanization efforts (the origin of the Machin), the Denominated portion of the series and the No-Value-Indicated printings (British equivalent of U.S. 'forever' stamps). The exhibits have won numerous awards in the U.S. and U.K., including the World Series of Philately Grand Awards and the George Brett Cup. He most recently took the Grand Award at Indypex 2023 for his Britain's Marvelous Machins exhibit. Steve has also served as a regular instructor on Great Britain philately at the APS Summer Seminar.
Steve's business experience has been in the Electronics and Software industries, and he has an Aerospace Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. Steve's wife, Louann, attends many shows with him, and they have three young adult children in California and Colorado.