(NEW YORK CITY) - On Saturday, January 12, 2013, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) celebrated its 130th anniversary at a luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York attended by 150 jewelry industry and law enforcement leaders.
Adam Heyman of Oscar Heyman & Brothers, the newly elected Chairperson of JSA, described some of the recent evidence of JSA’s success. He pointed out the large decline in dollar losses in 2012 resulting from crimes against U.S. jewelry firms; a decline in homicides of jewelers; the arrests of large numbers of criminals attacking the jewelry industry; and the very large JSA membership of over 23,000 locations.
Heyman thanked the Immediate Past Chairperson, Sheldon Kwiat, who stated that JSA’s close working relationships with the FBI and local law enforcement personnel was a key reason for JSA’s success.
Heyman then presented the 8th Annual JSA Industry Service Award to two long-serving JSA Board members: Dick Kern of Churchill’s Jewelers in Santa Barbara, CA, who has served on the JSA Board for 30 years, and Mort Weisenfeld who has served for 27 years. They were recognized for their important contributions to the development and growth of JSA, and for their other extensive leadership and charitable activities on behalf of the jewelry industry.
John Kennedy, President of JSA, spoke of the storied history of JSA, from its founding in lower Manhattan in 1883, and the remarkable continuity of members, supporters, Board, staff and mission. He said that scores of firms had been JSA members for as long as 75-100 years, that supporters had continued their support for decades, and JSA staff and Board members also fulfilled decades-long efforts. Kennedy stated that while JSA used the most modern technology and procedures, JSA still treated with great respect its past and its historic role in the U.S. jewelry industry.
It was announced at the meeting that David J. Tearle, VP and CFO of GIA, had been elected as the newest member of JSA’s 14-person Board.
A moment of silence was held for the two jewelers who were killed in the U.S. in 2012. John Kennedy, President of JSA, mourned the tragic murders of these jewelers, and thanked the FBI, local law enforcement agencies and the industry for their continuing support of JSA’s war on crime.