Mark Maestrone (2018-2022)
1st Vice President, 2014-2018
Mark Maestrone received his introduction to Olympic collecting at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and has never looked back.
Joining Sports Philatelists International (SPI) that same year, he was co-opted in 1989 by their Board of Directors to serve as president of SPI. A year later, he added the editorship of the society’s publication, the Journal of Sports Philately, to his portfolio. Thirty years on, he continues to fill both positions.
On the Olympic Movement’s international stage, Mark’s involvement has included: planning and organizing for Atlanta’s mammoth Olymphilex 1996 exhibition; serving as a special consultant to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee for Olympex 2002; and in 2010 he was appointed to the IOC’s Working Group leading to the creation of AICO. In 2014 he was elected to the first AICO Executive Board on which he continues to serve.
Primarily a philatelist – although he does confess to a weakness for all kinds of Olympic memorabilia – Mark’s collecting interests include the 1960 Squaw Valley, 2002 Salt Lake City, and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games; and the sports of men’s gymnastics and snowboarding. He is also an active philatelic and literature exhibitor at both national and international levels having won numerous gold medals as well as two U.S. national grand awards.
In his day-to-day life, Mark is the principal consultant of a web design and marketing company based in San Diego, California.