Meet Your Officers

Introducing you to the Board Members of the 2018-2020 Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.

Matt Lacy, FOHBC President, has a BA in Systems and Communications Management. He is currently an IT Systems Engineer Lead specializing in public cloud technologies for Progressive Insurance. He is also an avid student of inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. Matt is a second generation bottle collector who began digging at the age of six years old alongside his parents, and has been actively involved in digging, dealing, and collecting bottles his entire life. He is assembling an advanced collection of historical flasks from the Midwest and also collects bottles in many other bottle collecting categories. He enjoys mentoring and sharing information about bottles. He resides in Northeast Ohio with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Owen. Elizabeth has been a key driver in Matt’s success in the hobby and together they have helped Owen pursue his collecting interests. Matt previously served as Midwest Region Director and was also Co-Chair of the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. He is very excited to serve the FOHBC and hobby for years to come.
Louis Fifer, FOHBC First Vice President, is a third-generation collector who got his interest in collecting historical flasks at 22 but has been around the hobby his entire life. Louis then became the youngest Ohio Bottle Club president at age 23. Louis enjoys collecting Pikes Peaks flasks primarily with special interests in Ohio flasks. Louis and his father John had the opportunity to dig the Ravenna glass works dump site and was able to make some interesting discoveries there. Louis has been influenced by his grandfather, Darl Fifer, in many of his collections. Louis helps run a family business that his maternal grandfather started after WWII and lives in northeast Ohio with his wife Lindsey. Louis has enjoyed his time as FOHBC Conventions Director and is now looking forward to being First Vice President.
John O’Neill, FOHBC Second Vice President, is a California native, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a past president of the San Jose Antique Bottle Collectors Association and a prior officer of the Peninsula Bottle Collectors. John has had a strong interest in bottle collecting since age ten, and is currently collecting San Francisco saloon material including pumpkinseed flasks, coffin flasks, and memorabilia, all pre-prohibition. He wrote his first book on California pottery and stoneware, and was a presenter on the subject at the 2016 Sacramento National Convention & Expo. He has been married to his wife Cheri for the past 37 years and has two grown children. John is the managing director for the San Francisco office of Risk Strategies Company, a Boston based Insurance Brokerage.
Andrew Rapoza, FOHBC Secretary, grew up in New England where he fell in love with discovering antique treasures in the ground, especially old bottles, and then researching the new finds. A native of Massachusetts, he graduated from Boston College with a degree in History and English, and he and Gail, his wife and best friend of 41 years, still cheer for the Patriots, even though they’ve lived near Houston, Texas for the past 24 years. They have four children and six grandchildren. Andy collects patent medicine bottles and advertising of Lynn, Massachusetts, and is writing a book on the subject. He has published several articles and lectured all over the United States on 19th century health and medicine. He is a purchasing manager for Huntsman International LLC.
Jim Berry Jim Berry, FOHBC Treasurer, was born and raised in Ephratah, a small town in upstate New York. He had served as Highway Superintendent in the Town of Ephratah for the past 28 years and has been happily retired from that position for almost three years. Jim is a collector of colored inks, historical flasks, mineral waters and local history. Jim and his wife, Valeri, enjoy traveling, especially to visit family and also attend bottle shows across the country. Jim spends a lot of time hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and honey. He has been married to Val for 45 years; they have five children (three are in the U.S. Air Force); twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
JimBenderMug Jim Bender, FOHBC Historian, has collected bottles for over 40 years and was mentored by the late Ed Bartos who was a bottle dealer and collector in the 1970s. They remained friends until his death. Collecting to Jim has always been about the friends it has brought him. Jim has collected inks, bitters, mineral waters, reproduction bottles, and up to a few years ago, Union Clasping Hands flasks of which he has put together one of the nicest groups ever. Jim then went back to basic collecting of anything he likes and has always enjoyed collecting that way the best. Jim has served as Mohawk Valley Club President, Northeast Director for the FOHBC and recently served as Membership Director for FOHBC. He was also co-chair of the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo.
Martin Van Zant Martin Van Zant, FOHBC Bottles and Extras Editor, has been collecting bottles since he was 17, when his stepfather took him on a dig. Martin collects historical Masonic flasks, Indiana blob beers, Indiana pontiled medicines, Indiana bitters, Indiana sodas and also lightning rod balls on the side. Martin is the editor for two bottles clubs, Wabash Valley Antique Bottle and Pottery Club out of Terre Haute and the Circle City Antique Bottle Club out of Indianapolis. Martin states that his door is always open to talk bottles, and to take your stories, so give him a call or send him a message.
ValBerryMug Val Berry, FOHBC Merchandising Director, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, moving to upstate New York in her teens. She recently retired from working in the medical/home care field as a secretary for 31 years. Val is involved with several organizations in her hometown of Ephratah, New York and gives many hours of volunteer work. She met her husband, Jim, in high school and they have been married for 45 years. They have five children, twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Together they travel throughout the country visiting family and attending bottle shows. Their collections include inks, historical flasks, mineral waters and local history.
Linda Sheppard, FOHBC Membership Director, works for Lexington Center, a home for mentally and physically challenged people as a Direct Care Coordinator. She was introduced to bottle collecting 15 years ago by Jim Bender, FOHBC Historian. Over these years, she has attended many bottle shows and attends the Bender/Sheppard table in support of Jim Bender. Linda collects small jugs and bottles from her home town of Dolgeville, New York. She is always learning something new about bottles and enjoys all the people she meets.
Lindsey Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director, is an Ohio native and was introduced to the collecting hobby by her husband Louis Fifer. Lindsey has been working in the hotel industry for the past 12 years holding various titles but most currently is the Business Travel Sales Manager for the Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square in Cleveland. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys movies, cooking, baking, selling Tupperware and spending time with her husband. Lindsey enjoys attending bottle shows to visit with friends and watch the sales table while her husband shops. Lindsey looks forward to being able to bring her hospitality knowledge and experience to being the Conventions Director.
EM2_16mugX Elizabeth Meyer, FOHBC Business Manager, is a native and proud Texan living in Houston. She has a love for antiques, collectibles and especially is passionate about her horses and enjoys spending time with her daughter and three grandchildren. Elizabeth has worked professionally at FMG Design for the past 24+ years in various positions including project management, information technology, accounting, human resources, quality control and now Sr. Vice President. She loves working with people, traveling with family and enjoys going to bottle shows and looking for unique small antiques and holy water bottles. She has taken on the FOHBC Business Manager position as a non-voting and compensated consultant.
Elizabeth Lacy, FOHBC Public Relations Director, grew up in a small town in Northeast, Ohio. She was introduced into the bottle collecting hobby when she married her high school sweetheart, Matt. Elizabeth works as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the home health field, and pursues her interest as a family portrait photographer in her free time. She also volunteers at her son’s elementary school and chairs the school yearbook. While she leaves the bottle collecting to her husband, Elizabeth enjoys the friendships they have formed with fellow collecting families all over the country. She looks forward to continuing to build positive relationships within the bottle community as Public Relations Director.
Ferdinand Meyer V, FOHBC Director-at-Large, has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. He is also a principal and founder of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He also maintains the design and brand standards for the FOHBC. Ferdinand is married to Elizabeth Requejo Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyer family is also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand recently completed his third, 2-year term as President of the FOHBC and is a director of the Virtual Museum.
John Pastor John R. Pastor, FOHBC Director-at-Large, has been a collector, dealer, auctioneer and appraiser of antique bottles, flasks, and related glass for more than 40 years and is a widely recognized authority of antique bottles, historical flasks and related glass. This experience has brought a broad knowledge of the field and the valued trust of his colleagues and customers alike. John is also the owner of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine and American Glass Gallery. John has served on the FOHBC board for many years and is a past FOHBC President.
Richard SiriFOHBC Director-at-Large, is known for his extensive Western bottle collections having amassed one of the most complete Western bitters bottle collections, as well as extensive collections of whiskeys, Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters and USA Hospital bottles, among other things. He is always willing to share his knowledge on his favorite subjects and that knowledge has found a public place inside many books, articles and exhibitions about antique bottles. He has held several offices within the federation, most notably that as president in 2008. Richard co-chaired the FOHBC 2012 Reno National Antique Bottle Expo and the most recent, FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. He is also a major supporter and an active member of the Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association. In 2009, Richard Siri first brought forth the concept of developing the FOHBC Virtual Museum. He now serves on the museum Board of Directors and he, along with his wife Beverley, is a major financial contributor to the museum. Richard was also inducted theFOHBC Hall off fame in 2018.
John Fifer, FOHBC Midwest Region Director, started collecting bottles with his dad Darl Fifer in 1968. They dug in dumps, priveys, cisterns and old foundations, along with his dad he also collected Indian artifacts. John was also involved with the excavation of the Mantua Glass Works along with his parents. He also has an extensive collection of Kent, Ravenna and Mantua Glass, such as bottles, flask, decanters, pans and canning jars. John was also a past President of the Ohio Bottle Club and is serving currently as Vice President of the club. John loves to collect antique slot machines, old gum ball machines and trade stimulators. He is also serving as President of the Coin Operated Collectors Association. John has a beautiful family, his wife Linda of 40 years, his children Louis and his wife Lindsey, Brian and his wife Melissa and two grandchildren Noah and Hailey and also his daughter Jennifer and her husband Scott.
Jeff Ullman, FOHBC Northeast Region Directoris a long time collector that grew up near Sharon Springs, New York. He started collecting bottles around age 12 when he dug several nice bottles in the dumps near his home. He has collected several types of bottles and stoneware over the years but is a serious collector of Saratoga Type Mineral Waters. Jeff is the current secretary for the Saratoga Type Bottle Collectors Society and produces their periodic newsletter, “The Spouter”.  He has served as both President & Vice President of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) Bottle Club and is also a member of the Mohawk Valley Bottle Collectors Club. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is also a retired New York State Police Senior Investigator. He has been married to his wife Aimee since 1991 and they have one son, Adam, who is a golf professional on the West Coast. Jeff and Aimee currently live in Cobleskill, New York.
Brad Seigler, FOHBC Southern Region Director, is a native Texan, and a small business owner. He first began digging bottles around the age of six. His father Donnie had dug while growing up South Carolina in the 1960s, and did him the great favor of introducing him to this hobby he loves so much. In his twenties, Brad began to really dive into the hobby, and found his first Texas patent medicine bottle. From that point on, Texas patent medicine bottles have been his main focus. Now that his collection has become advanced, he has branched out to include Texas applied-top bottles, whiskey flasks and bitters. His wife Karri, fully supports his hobby, and frequently claims items that he has dug or bought for herself. Dylan and Chloe are their two lovely children. His other interests are baseball, antique tin toys, signs and advertising.
EricMcGuireMug_BW Eric McGuire, FOHBC Western Region Director, is a California native who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of his life. He attended local schools and completed his formal education at San Francisco State University (MA 1973). Eric entered the field of environmental planning and retired from a 30-year career in domestic water supply in 2008. He began his bottle collecting interest in 1960, and along with digging, and otherwise acquiring bottles, Eric has always been an avid student of all aspects of glass making as well as a researcher of the history of the people who produced the bottles. Beginning in the mid-1960s his name can be found on many articles relating to bottles and glass. Eric’s primary interest has been focused on the geographical area of the Western U.S. He is a life member of the FOHBC, and lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife, Lisa.