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SJTA announces 2009 Retail Advisory Board


(ATLANTA) - The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) has announced the members of its 2009 Retail Advisory Board. Despite the surprise spring snow fall that hit the Spring 2009 Atlanta Jewelry Show on Sunday, March 1, many of the new board members gathered for a lunch meeting to share thoughts and suggestions for fine-tuning the buyer services SJTA provides to retailers throughout the Southeast region, including the popular SJTA Rewards and Certified Jeweler initiatives, educational programming, networking events, product selection and other business services featured at the semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show.

"We've brought together some of our region's premier retailers to help guide us as we develop show promotions and year round support services for our full retail audience," says Carol Young, executive director, SJTA. "These retailers are on the front lines and help keep us focused on programs and services that can truly help industry members. Their feedback and advice are invaluable."


(l-r front): Alan Colussy, SJTA; Giles Dunn, Giles Dunn Jewelry Manufacturing; Libby Brown, SJTA; Carol Young, SJTA; Evan Deutsch, Evan James, Ltd; William Cobb, Robinson- Barnes Master Jewelers; Virginia Anderson, T.K. Anderson Jewelry. (l-r back): Michael White, White's Classic Jewelers; Ben Whidby, Whidby Jewelers; Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America; Steve Binder, president, SJTA.


The 2009 Atlanta Jewelry Show Retail Advisory Board Members include: Virginia Anderson, T.K. Anderson Jewelry, Athens, GA; Arnold & Freda Gibbs, Arnold's Jewelers, Shelby, NC; Michael White, White's Classic Jewelers, Springfield, TN; Gene Poole and Jamie Chandler, Hudson-Poole Jewelers, Tuscaloosa, AL; Brant Bateman and Lee Eskridge, LeeBrant Jewelers, Atlanta, GA; Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America, Nashville, TN; William Cobb, Robinson-Barnes Master Jewelers, Pace, FL; Giles Dunn, Hoover Jewelers, Manchester, TN; Ben and Heather Whidby, Whidby Jewelers, Madison, GA; and Evan James Deutsch, Evan James, Ltd, Brattleboro, VT.

The Retail Advisory Board will hold its next meeting during the Spring 2010 Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria. For more information call 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit



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