As collectors, we have the tendency to get caught up in our hobby, not realizing where our endeavor falls on the list of life's priorities. Every now and then, something happens that quickly reminds us how precious and short life is; how we need to put collecting into proper perspective.
Recently, PSA lost one of its own in Joanne Lindsay. Joanne was the Director of Advertising for Sports Market Report and most of the Collectors Universe websites including PSA, PSA/DNA, PCGS, PCGS Currency and PSE. Joanne worked for the company for several years and was an extremely pleasant, vibrant, intelligent and hard working individual that her co-workers simply loved to be around.
Over the years, Joanne got to know many of the nation's top auctioneers and dealers through her position at the company. Like her co-workers and friends, Joanne's clients felt the same way about her. In fact, I often received comments like, "If Joanne ever gets sick of working for PSA, let me know because I would hire her in a second!" The feeling was, in essence, universal.
Of all of the employees at Collectors Universe, I had the pleasure of working with Joanne the most. Joanne's contribution and spirit will not be forgotten, I can assure everybody of that. She played a vital role in the expansion of SMR but, more importantly, Joanne affected everyone she met with her energy and positive attitude.
What you realize in this business is while the subject matter is interesting, it's the people you work with and meet that keep you going when the daily grind starts to wear on you. From the perspective of the hobbyist, what would be the point of collecting any of this stuff if you couldn't share it with anyone else? The collectibles are great but the human interaction is invaluable, that connection to others that binds people who possess common interests.
During her final days, Joanne told me that she enjoyed her job immensely and was proud of her role in the growth of our advertising department. Joanne specially focused on the relationships she built with her clients and co-workers. She said that it was the interaction with the people that she will miss the most. Joanne wanted to make sure that everyone knew that because in both her personal and professional life, Joanne had reached her happiest point.
It is true that the vast, vast majority of those reading this column did not have the privilege to meet or know Joanne Lindsay. Regardless, I felt it was appropriate to honor someone who helped make SMR better, PSA better. Like many of our employees here, she did not get the credit or the glory since most of her work is done behind the scenes so to speak. We have a lot of great people here who never receive the accolades or have the chance to take a bow for all their hard work. They all combine to make PSA better; we have an unbelievable team of people.
That team roster may be one person light now but the rest of Joanne's team will continue to battle each day as she did until the very end.
Thank you, Joanne, for your courage, leadership and spirit. You will not be forgotten.