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NAJA announces 2012 Scholarship winner

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) announced the winner of the 2012 ACE© It Conference Scholarship to attend the 39th Annual ACE© It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 3 - 4, 2012, in Tucson AZ.

Ms. Kim Pascarella, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, is the 2012 winner of the annual scholarship.  Ms. Pascarella is a current home study student at the Gemological Institute of America.  Her jewelry journey started as a retail sales associate with a large corporate company. She is currently the General Manager at Joe DiMaggio Jewelers with a rich variety of responsibilities. Ms. Pascarella says, “I love this job. I’m passionate about our clients and this trade.” 

LeachGarner acquires Findings, Inc., Fuller Findings

LeachGarner has reported they successfully completed the purchase of the Findings Incorporated and Fuller Findings businesses from Findings Incorporated. These businesses will now operate as an integral part of the General Findings division of LeachGarner, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.

Joe White, LeachGarner’s President, commented: “This acquisition aligns with LeachGarner’s goal of increasing value to the jewelry industry through mill to market customer solutions, extensive product offerings, technical support and best in class service levels. We are confident of a highly synergistic melding of customers, products and industry experience.”

GemDialogue® celebrates thirty years

GemDialogue® takes pleasure in announcing a celebration of thirty years of continual service to the jewelry industry with its portable color memory system.  Founded in 1982, GemDialogue® offers  appraisers, dealers, jewelers and gemologists a repeatable and meaningful accurate color record for gemstones and colored diamonds. 

Howard Rubin, GG, inventor and founder of GemDialogue®, spent ten years developing the color system before offering it to the trade. GemDialogue® was engineered for the gem trade to supply portable, uniform color reference points in an affordable product.  It offers a practical way to communicate with others in the gem trade, when talking about gemstone colors. 

JSA VP Robert Frank retires - NYPD veteran named as successor

(NEW YORK CITY) - Robert Frank, who served for over 20 years as the Vice President of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA), has retired. Frank led a vast increase in JSA’s work with the FBI and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. He retired after a 46-year law enforcement career that included serving as a homicide detective with the NYPD, Senior Investigator with the NYS Commission of Investigation and Deputy Inspector General at a New York City agency before joining JSA.

JVC hires Jasmin Greene as Marketing/Development Associate

Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Jasmin Greene has joined the association as the Marketing/Development Associate. Jasmin will focus on marketing campaigns inclusive of creating the quarterly newsletter, eNews Alerts, social media maintenance, membership outreach, fundraising, as well as devoting her time to special projects such as new Essential Guide books.

 Jasmin has worked in the marketing field for various non-profits, most recently in the education sector. She holds degrees from Hampton University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The JVC looks forward to drawing upon Jasmin’s marketing experience in the non-profit community as she takes on this new role.

GIA announces new Governor, bids farewell to outgoing members

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Board of Governors welcomed Lisa Locklear as its newest member during the Institute’s November board meeting in Carlsbad, and said a fond goodbye to retiring governors Fred Levinger, Roland Naftule and Steve Relyea.

Locklear is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Ingram Micro, Americas. She is responsible for leading the finance organization and supporting business operations, including credit, accounting, reporting, planning and strategy for its $18 billion North America and Latin America regions.

Grice’s Donna Harris earns Tae Kwon Do Black Belt

On Friday, November 16, Donna Harris, vie president of Charlotte, NC-based Grice Showcase & Display, received her 1st dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In order to be eligible to test for this level in martial arts, you have to complete numerous requirements.  Harris entered a 10 week testing cycle during which she had to run 105 miles, do 10,000 pushups and 10,000 sit-ups, complete 210 sparring rounds, 210 rounds of jumping rope, 10,500 kicks, 1,000 burpees, 350 pull-ups, acquire letters of recommendation, write 9 essays, perform a variety of community service, receive mentoring, and more to be eligible to test.