Industry Council for Tangible Assets dealer member Mitch Hyatt (Hyatt Coin and Gun Shop, Charlotte, North Carolina) was honored during the ICTA dinner and update cruise aboard the Yacht StarShip II in Tampa, Florida, on January 3 as the recipient of the 2017 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award.
In the fall of 2016, Hyatt started collaborating with ICTA on a campaign to obtain a state coin, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales-tax exemption. Hyatt hired Chris Emanuel (C.G. Emanuel Group, Charlotte, North Carolina) as the campaign’s lobbyist. He also paid 100% of ICTA’s expenses in aiding the campaign.
Hyatt, Emanuel, ICTA treasurer Pat Heller, ICTA chief operating officer David Crenshaw, and others worked tirelessly to get the legislation enacted. The legislation passes in both the House and Senate in an unprecedented 10 months.