RAPAPORT... The American Gem Society (AGS) elected certified gemologist David Gardner, of David Gardner Jewelers, as president of the society’s board of directors. Gardner will take over from Cathy Calhoun of Calhoun Jewelers. The appointment was made during the annual AGS conclave held in Miami, on April 28, 2012.
“I’m very much looking forward to working with David,” said Ruth Batson, AGS's chief executive. “He’s been a tireless advocate in his work and efforts on behalf of the American Gem Society. His enthusiasm and passion for the Society is well known to all of our members, and it will no doubt be an exciting two years with him at the president’s helm.”
Gardner has 40 years of experience in the jewelry industry and owns the retailer bearing his name, which was also named one of ''America’s Top 10 Coolest Jewelry Stores,'' according to the firm.
“I love the rich heritage and tradition of being a jeweler, but I also like to break out of the box and bend the rules to keep our industry fresh and relevant in an ever-changing world,” said Gardner. “Jewelry is a language that is universal and I am eager to devote myself to this unique opportunity and make a difference that will reflect well upon the AGS and its dedicated membership.”
As far as the entire list of board members, AGS named the following:
President Elect – Louis Smith
Secretary – Scott Berg
Senior Advisor- Bill Sites
Treasurer- Kelly Kinas
Directors at Large:
Chair - Conclave Sub-Committee, Louis Smith
Chair - International Guilds Council - Laura Stanley
Chair - Education Committee, Michael Richards
Chair - Marketing Committee, Jeff High
Chair - Membership Committee, Bill Farmer
Chair - AGS Lab Board of Managers, Doug Parker