Meet Your Officers

Introducing you to the Board Members of the 2021-2022 Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.

John O’Neill, FOHBC 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 38 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.
Jeff Wichmann, FOHBC First Vice President, is a California native who has parlayed his vast knowledge of antique bottles and glass into a full-time related business called American Bottle Auctions. His was the first auction house to provide full-color glossy catalogs sent to interested collectors at no charge. He also launched what is believed to be the first online antique bottle auction. In 2013, Jeff was inducted onto the FOHBC Honor Roll, but given his increase in antique bottle collecting-related activities, including financial support of the Federation, the board of directors voted to move him up to the organization’s highest Hall of Fame honor level. Photography of old glass is one of his strong points. He also shares his knowledge on his website americanbottle.com. In 1999, he published The Best of the West – Antique Western Bitters Bottles, a book containing information of value to collectors of that genre.
Michael Seeliger, FOHBC Second Vice President, grew up in Monona, Wisconsin, and still lives within 20 miles of his hometown. He married his wife, Alice, in 1969 and together they have collected bottles since the 1960s. They started by collecting ruby red Schlitz beer bottles but soon got hooked on older bottles, especially Warner’s when Mike came across a dump containing only Warner bottles. Mike and Alice wrote the book H. H. Warner His Company & His Bottles in 1974 and work on a continuously updated e-book expanding the original publication. Mike is a professional chemist and chemical/hazardous materials consultant. Semi-retired, they attend numerous shows traveling in their RV whenever possible. They were instrumental in the founding and development of the South Central Wisconsin Bottle Club in the 1970s and have been members of the Federation since then. They have two sons and five grandkids. Mike collects examples of historical bottles, medicines, figural bitters, Warner bottles, and works passionately with Mike and Kathie Craig in the development of their Warner & Dr. Craig collections.
Alice J. Seeliger, FOHBC Secretary, has been in the background of the bottle-collecting world, supporting Michael in his hobby, since the early 70s. Professionally, she has been the right-hand assistant of a Bank Manager, Marketing and Sales Director of a Consulting Firm, President of an Asbestos Abatement Company, and owner of a small Desktop Publishing, Marketing Consulting, and Graphics Design business. For the past 15 years she has managed the legal paperwork necessary to transport and dispose of hazardous waste for small companies in the Midwest. “Full retirement doesn’t seem to be in my genes but I keep trying!” Alice has been President of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Preschool Inc., and Oregon Rotary Club and served on numerous educational and political boards. Most recently, she stepped forward to fill a need for a proofreader of the newly combined Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine.
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 and 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.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Historian, Position open and looking to fill the position.
EM2_16mugX Elizabeth Meyer, FOHBC Magazine Co-Editor, 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 26+ 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 her family and enjoys going to bottle shows and looking for unique small antiques and holy water bottles.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Merchandise DirectorPosition open and looking to fill the position.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Membership DirectorPosition open and looking to fill the position.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Conventions Director, Position open and looking to fill the position.
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.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Public Relations Director, Position open and looking to fill the position.
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 operates the Peachridge Glass website and 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 served for three 2-year terms as President of the FOHBC and is a director of the FOHBC Virtual Museum. He was inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 2021.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Director-at-Large, Position open and looking to fill the position.
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 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 inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 2018.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Midwest Region Director, Position open and looking to fill the position.
Position Vacant, FOHBC Northeast Region Director, Position open and looking to fill the position.
Jake Smith, FOHBC Southern Region Director, lives in Talladega, Alabama and is a native of Sylacauga, Alabama. He is married to his wife, Amanda, and they have three children: Sydney, Bradlee, and Hershel. Jake has always collected something as far back as he can remember. He got into collecting bottles back in 2010 by collecting Coca-Cola bottles from his state. He is trying to get one Coca-Cola bottle from each plant that has a bottle. He also collects Talladega County bottles and related items and has what he calls a subcollection of Buffalo Rock and Mountain Dew Willy the Hillbilly bottles. Jake started the Lincoln Bottle Show in Lincoln, Alabama in 2016 and remains show chairman. He started the show to preserve the hobby of collecting and to help fellow collectors connect with each other for knowledge to be passed and collections to grow. Jake says, “Collect what you like. The great thing about bottle collecting is that there is no wrong ‘theme’ of bottles to collect.”
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 glassmaking 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.