JBT and JSA elect new boards of directors – JCK
The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) has named Richline Group senior vice president Richard Katz (pictured) as the new president of the Providence, RI-based group.
Katz has been a volunteer with JBT since 2008, most recently as Vice Chairman of the Board.
He succeeds Ann Arnold, who served two one-year terms as President, beginning in 2020.
Brian D. Fleming, owner of Carla Corp., named vice president; Jeffery Corey, CEO of HE Murdock Co. (doing business as Day’s Jewelers), was named second vice president.
Roger Gesswein III, director of market development for Paul H. Gesswein & Co., has joined the organization’s board of directors. Nilesh Sheth, owner of Forever Collections, has been appointed to its executive committee.
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) also held board elections.
Steven Kaiser, chairman and chief executive of Kennedy North America, a subsidiary of an Australian luxury jewelry chain, was re-elected to a three-year term as group chairman.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Kaiser: He also received the Stanley Schechter Award from the Jewelers Vigilance Committee for his adherence to industry ethics at the JVC luncheon at New York’s Pierre Hotel on March 18.
Other JSA leaders elected to three-year terms were Alan Zimmer, CEO of Reeds Jewelers, who was elected vice president; Mark Udell, CEO of London Jewelers, was elected secretary; and David Tearle, chief financial officer of the GIA, was elected treasurer.
On March 19, at JSA’s annual luncheon, hosted at the New York Yacht Club, Group Chairman John Kennedy presented his Industry Service Award to Susan M. Jacques, President and CEO of GIA.
Kennedy noted that the GIA has for many years provided free, in-depth training courses on gemology and the jewelry industry for federal and local law enforcement, which has helped solve gemology-related crimes. jewelry store.
JSA also presented the 23rd Annual James B. White Law Enforcement Award to Robert Lanier, a detective with the Miami Beach Police Department. Lanier, a 32-year veteran of the department, has investigated numerous violent robberies at jewelry stores and attacks on traveling jewelry vendors. He has also led or participated in numerous RICO cases resulting in the arrest of numerous jewelry criminals and participated in undercover work related to JIS shows in Miami Beach, Florida.
(Photo courtesy of the Jewelers Chamber of Commerce)
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