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JA Names New Chairman and Board

Jul 30, 2017 9:18 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Jewelers of America (JA) has elected John Henne, president of Pittsburgh-based Henne Jewelers, as chairman, the trade organization said Thursday.

Henne (pictured) has managed his family business — which his great grandfather Rudolf Joseph Henne established in 1887 — since 1998, overseeing diamond procurement, accounting, sales and marketing. JA board members elected him to the chairman position at a meeting last week, to succeed Ryan Berg, market president of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.

“Under John’s leadership, I know that Jewelers of America is poised to grow, better serve our members in this ever-changing retail environment, and enhance our consumer outreach to benefit the jewelry industry as a whole,” said David Bonaparte, JA’s CEO.

JA also named a new board of elected directors. They are:

Chair Elect
Holly Wesche, Wesche Jewelers

Vice Chairs
Cathy Tivol, Tivol
Marc Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler

Robert F. Moeller II, R.F. Moeller Jeweler

Coleman Clark, B.C. Clark Jewelers

Reelected board members:
Mercedes Abramo, Cartier
Karen Goracke, Borsheims Fine Jewelry

Newly elected board members:
Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers
Elise Greenberg, Greenberg’s Jewelers
Chuck Kuba, Iowa Diamond
Steve Padis, Padis Jewelry
Steve Velasquez, Bailey Banks & Biddle

Outgoing directors:
Ryan Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Larry Pelzel, Neiman Marcus
Michael Pollak, Hyde Park Jewelers
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