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Jewelers for Children announces results of Board of Directors election

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the results of the annual election for the board of directors. All current officers were elected to a second, two-year term.  They include Ruth Batson, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, Chairman; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc., Vice President of Charity Programs; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group, Vice President of Fundraising; Jim De Mattei, ViewPoint Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; Debra Puzio, Star Luxe, llc, Vice President of Special Programs; Pamela Mortensen, JCPenney, Secretary; Ulrich Wohn, LVMH Watch and Jewelry, Treasurer; and Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Immediate Past Chair.  Terms began on October 1.


GIA appoints Katherine Palmer Andrews as VP of Global Compliance and Ethics

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has appointed Katherine Palmer Andrews to the newly-created position of Vice President of Ethics and Compliance. Andrews has extensive experience developing enterprise compliance programs and leading global teams, including six years in chief compliance officer roles at General Electric Co. She will work with senior management to ensure the integrity of the Institute’s compliance and ethics programs.

Gesswein promotes two

Gesswein has announced the promotion of Sekou Williams to Operations Manager of their Bridgeport, Connecticut distribution facility. A seventeen year Gesswein associate and former warehouse manager, Mr. Williams will now be responsible for all aspect of Gesswein USA order entry, customer service and fulfillment. Jessy Toro, a fourteen year Gesswein associate, was also moved to the position of jewelry sales administrator where she will devote additional attention to telesales and trade and dealer show activities.

Jewelers Mutual forms innovative partnership with Ceridian LifeWorks

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company announced an innovative benefit to address the often-overlooked need to treat the psychological effects of armed robberies and other traumatic events that jewelers face. The new benefit, called the RELI(E)VE Program, is the result of a partnership between Jewelers Mutual and Ceridian LifeWorks, a leading provider of Employee Assistance Programs, Work-Life, Wellness, and Crisis Support Services in the U.S. and Canada. The benefit is included with Jewelers Mutual coverage.

JA announces 2015 GEM Awards nominees

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Design, Marketing & Communications and Media Excellence. There are three talented nominees in each category; the winners will be announced live during the GEM Awards ceremony on Friday, January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The GEM Awards annual gala, considered the “Academy Awards” of the jewelry industry, honors individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. 

Synchrony Financial and REEDS Jewelers to launch private label credit card program

(STAMFORD, Conn. & WILMINGTON, N.C.) - Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, has signed a multi-year agreement with REEDS Jewelers, Inc. to provide a private label credit card program for consumer purchases through REEDS 59 retail stores in 13 states and at REEDS.com.

The new REEDS Jewelers Card launches March 1, 2015, providing a dedicated line of credit and special financing options for the purchase of diamonds, bridal jewelry, Swiss timepieces, customized family jewelry, and much more. Qualifying REEDS Jewelers cardholders will also enjoy exclusive offers, special financing and invitations to REEDS Jewelers events.

Anna Martin joins GIA as Senior Vice President of Global Development

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced the appointment of Anna Martin, previously managing director and head of global marketing, diamonds and jewelry, at Standard Chartered Bank, to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Development. Building on a career of more than four decades in banking serving the gem and jewelry industry, Martin will be responsible for broadening and deepening GIA’s relationships with clients and stakeholders and overseeing the Institute’s global beneficiation efforts.

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