AGS awards its highest honor at Conclave
(LAS VEGAS) - Ronnie L. Cox, CG, owner and President of Cox Jewelers in Sweetwater, Texas is the 2011 recipient of the American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley award. AGS members presented him with the award at their annual Conclave in San Francisco, CA on April 30.
“Ronnie has demonstrated his dedication to the ethical standards of the American Gem Society through his professional career and his volunteer service,” said Ruth Batson, Executive Director & CEO of the American Gem Society. “He’s an enormous asset to the AGS and the AGS Laboratories through his leadership and guidance, especially through the recent economic climate.”
“I am both humbled and thrilled to receive this award,” said Ronnie. “Cox Jewelers has always operated on the principals of the highest standards of business ethics, like those established by Mr. Shipley for the American Gem Society. To be recognized in this way is a great honor.”
Ronnie, who is the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Managers of AGS Labs, has an extensive and impressive list of achievements from not only within the jewelry industry, but also in his community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the First Financial Bank of Sweetwater, as well as the First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, in Abilene, TX and also the Nolan County Foundation Board.
Since 1965, when he took the store over from his father, Ronnie has been at the helm of Cox Jewelers. The business has operated in three centuries, and in 1995, his daughter Lisa became the 4th generation active in Cox Jewelers. She now runs the Abilene store, which opened in 2000.
The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.
For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866-805-6500, or visit www.americangemsociety.org.