(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, welcomed three new industry leaders to its Board of Directors at its Board meeting on July 24, in New York. The new directors are John Henne, owner of Henne Jewelers; Brian P. Mann, vice president and co-owner of David Mann Jewelers; and Teresa Saldivar, owner of Teresa’s Jewelers.
“I look forward to working with the new directors,” says JA Board Chairman Terry Burman, Group CEO of Sterling Limited and Chairman of Sterling Jewelers, Inc. “As respected leaders of successful independent, family-owned jewelry operations, they will greatly contribute to Jewelers of America’s Board leadership.”
John Henne understands the intricacies of family business. He and his sister, Meg Henne Gibson, are the fourth generation of the Henne family to own and manage Henne Jewelers, a single-store operation with a reputation for quality custom design and service. Henne Jewelers has been serving the Pittsburgh, PA, community since 1887. Under John and Meg’s leadership, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review recently named it the Best Jewelry Store of 2010.
Brian Mann co-owns David Mann Jewelers with his brother Conrad. Their store, located in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., has served Pentagon employees and Washington elite, including Presidents, members of Congress and members of the Armed Forces. Mann brings to the national board his experience as a past-president of the Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C. Jewelers Association, a past member of the Jewelers of America Smithsonian Committee and a former member of the Jewelry Information Center Board.
Teresa Saldivar has been an active participant in the California Jewelers Association – a JA state partner jewelry association – since 1997, serving as its president in 2009. Her store, Teresa’s Jewelers, is one of the leading jewelry stores in Santa Ana, CA. She is a leader in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations in her community.
The three incoming directors will join in supporting the national organization’s leadership as it works to improve consumer confidence in the fine jewelry retail marketplace. They will serve on the Board through 2012.
Additionally, the Board of Directors meeting honored the outgoing directors: William Farmer, Jr., Farmer’s Jewelers, Lexington, KY; John Hayes, Goodman’s Jewelers, Madison, WI; Barbara Hight-Randall, Hight & Randall, Rochester, MN; and Bev Hori, GIA.
JA’s Board of Directors is led by an Executive Committee comprised of Terry Burman, Chairman; Georgie Gleim, Chairman-Elect; Michael Kowalski, Vice Chairman; Jeff Corey, Vice Chairman; Peter Engel, Treasurer; and Vicki Cunningham, Secretary.
For the complete list of JA’s 2010-2011 Board of Directors, visit www.jewelers.org/about/j_board.