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WJA Names its 2012 Awards for Excellence Nominees

Jun 18, 2012 4:47 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced its nominees for the 2012 Awards for Excellence. The women nominated in each of the categories that follow have excelled in their field(s), and have provided a significant contribution to their organizations as well as the jewelry industry as a whole.

“WJA is delighted to celebrate these accomplished women,” said Tryna Kochanek, the president of WJA. “These dedicated women set professional standards in their areas of expertise, and represent an important contribution to the advancement of women in our industry.”


CATEGORY I. DESIGN
fine jewelry and watches

 1. Malak Atut – ZAIKEN Jewelry
 2. Pamela Froman – Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
 3. Ippolita – Ippolita 
 4. Monica Rich Kosann - Monica Rich Kosann 
 5. Kara Ross – Kara Ross Designs
 
CATEGORY II. MANUFACTURER/DEALER/SUPPLIER
Fine jewelry, gemstones, metals, watches

 1. Andrea Hansen – Ivanka Trump
 2. Angela Karaguezian and Grace Karaguezian – Kirk Kara
 3. Nancy Kelly – Old World Chain
 
CATEGORY III. RETAIL
15 doors or more

 1. Laura Swan – Kohl's
 2. Natalie Toraty – Diamonds International
 
CATEGORY IV. RETAIL
fewer than 15 doors

 1. Olivia Cornell - Cornell’s Jewelers 
 2. Jennifer Gandia and Christine Gandia Gambale – Greenwich Jewelers
 3. Julia Gardner – David Gardner
 4. Kendra Scott – Kendra Scott Jewelry
 
CATEGORY V. RETAIL
non-traditional

 1. Jennifer Arthur – amazon.com
 2. Vanessa Dusold – HSN
 3. Debra Puzio – QVC
 
CATEGORY VI.
sales and merchandising

 1. Jan English – Frederick Goldman
 2. Andrea Galella – Hermes of Paris
 3. Anastasia Shannon – Marco Bicego
 
CATERGORY VII.
marketing and communications

 1. Lisa Cochin – Forevermark USA
 2. Amanda Gizzi – Jewelers of America
 3. Rebecca Moskal – Communique
 4. Jennifer Cullen Williams – Luxury Brand Group
 
CATEGORY VIII.
media

 1. Catherine L. Davis - Veranda 
 2. Nina Lawrence – W Magazine
 3. Tamara Rappa - O Magazine
 4. Roxanne Robinson - WWD
 
CATEGORY IX.
special services

 1. Brenda Gamba – Jewelers Board of Trade
 2. Mary Lou Keen – AGTA
 3. Regina Leadem – GE Money
 4. Krista Collins Williams – Smartwork Media
 

WJA will host its 2012 Awards for Excellence gala on July 30, 2012 at Pier 60 at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

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