Andy Baldus

Andy Baldus

If you have come to a Heisey auction or to the National convention, you may have seen me.  In recent years I have volunteered as a “Vanna” at the auctions. Last year and this year I helped with cataloging and photographing for the on-line auction. At the last couple conventions, I helped with the sales at the booth of my wife, Lisa, and her brother, John Martinez. I also helped Mary Ann Spahr with the children’s craft table.

My first introduction to Heisey glass came while courting my wife in the mid-1980s. Her parent’s house was filled with many punch bowl and cup collections, pitchers, and decanters. Over the years Lisa and I would start our own collections. It started with small things – mostly animals, salt & peppers, toothpicks, and candlesticks. My first Heisey glass find was in the ’80s at an outdoor farm auction in northern Maryland. It was a Sahara Empress Dolphin Footed candlestick. That was all it took to get hooked. Our collection has expanded and grown every year.

I am running for the Board with an interest in putting to work my many years of budget and financial experiences. I retired from Federal service in 2015 having spent 40 years in numerous administrative and budget and fiscal positions.  I started my federal career as a VISTA volunteer in Arkansas and worked in many administrative and budget positions (including 18 years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including Budget Officer for one Institute, NIH Deputy Budget Director, and acting NIH Associate Director for Budget) and finishing my career as the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

I would like the opportunity to help HCA maintain a sound financial position.  I also believe it important to continue providing timely and informative financial reports to the Board and membership.