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Press Release: Jewelers of America's PAC Announces New Chair

Feb 23, 2015 11:29 AM   By Jewelers of America
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Press Release: The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC), the only committee that supports the fine jewelry industry in Washington D.C., has elected Jenny Caro, the owner of Jewelry By Design in Woodbridge, Virginia, as JAPAC's board chair. Through JAPAC, individual Jewelers of America (JA) members can join with other jewelry businesses in contributing to candidates for office at the federal level, who understand the interests of the jewelry industry.

JAPAC helps JA and its legislative team in Washington to keep jewelers’ interests front-and-center in the nation’s capital, giving jewelers a collective voice through contributions to political campaigns. The need for the jewelry industry to make its case continues to grow as legislators are being approached by countless industry groups looking for attention on key issues like sales tax fairness.

“Jenny recognizes how important it is for jewelers to speak up for their businesses on Capitol Hill. We are thrilled to have her take on this new leadership role within JAPAC,” said JA's president and CEO, David J. Bonaparte.

Caro takes over for Scot Congress, the co-owner of Congress Jewelers,  who served as JAPAC's chairman for the past three years, presiding over significant growth of the PAC.

Bill Farmer, the chair of JA's board, said, “JAPAC's fundraising and participation ensures lawmakers are aware of the industry’s needs, and I expect Jenny’s energy and enthusiasm to help bring it to the next level.” 

Caro, along with her husband John, opened Jewelry By Design  in 1989 to specialize in custom creations and have expanded the store several times. Caro traces her love affair with jewelry to a high school jewelry making course. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in fine arts/jewelry and to teach jewelry making at the high school level prior to starting her own jewelry business.

Caro has served on the JA board of directors since 2013. She is active in local and Virginia politics and participated in her first fly-in to Washington D.C., with the JAPAC in June. She credits the trip for helping to raise her awareness and interest in JAPAC and the need for jewelers to advocate for their businesses on the federal level.

Caro said, “I’m excited and honored to be taking over as chair of the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee. Attending the JAPAC visit to Washington D.C. last year was a real eye opener from me, underlining how critical it is for jewelers to stay active, engaged and in front of lawmakers. By raising awareness of JAPAC, I hope to empower other Jewelers of America members to fight for their businesses on Capitol Hill.”

For more information about JAPAC as well as key legislative issues that JA is tracking, visit www.jewelers.org/japac.

About Jewelers of America:
Jewelers of America (JA) is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, with the primary purpose of improving consumer confidence in the jewelry industry. JA’s consumer education arm, Jewelry Information Center (JIC), has provided public relations and marketing services on behalf of the fine jewelry and watch industry since 1946. Visit www.jewelers.org and www.JIC.org for more information.

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