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Jewelers of America Elects Gleim as New Board Chair

Aug 18, 2011 12:42 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Jewelers of America (JA)  elected Georgie Gleim, the president of Gleim The Jeweler in Palo Alto, California,  as its new board chair succeeding Terry Burman. Gleim, pictured, is a third-generation jeweler and her father, Arthur, served as JA president from 1981 to 1983.

''It is an honor to serve as chair of the JA board,'' said Gleim. ''With the talented leadership of our  board and the staff in New York, I look forward to continuing my work with the association to advance the important work JA undertakes to maintain consumer confidence in the fine jewelry marketplace.''gleim

JA president, Matthew A. Runci, added, ''Georgie is an exceptional industry leader and we look forward to her insight into the professional needs of our members during her service as JA board chair.

As board chair, Gleim will lead an executive committee created with these newly elected officers: Chair-elect, William Farmer Jr., Farmer’s Jewelry; vice chair, Ryan Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; vice chair,  Scot Congress, Congress Jewelers;  vice chair, Peter Engel, Fred Meyer/Littman Jewelers; treasurer,  Thomas Andruskevich, Birks & Mayors Inc.; secretary,  Michael J. Kowalski, Tiffany & Co.

JA announced that the following directors will serve on the board through 2013:

Marc Bridge is a member of the fifth-generation of Ben Bridge Jeweler, in Seattle, Washington.  Family-run since 1912, Ben Bridge has cultivated a reputation for quality, integrity, and personal service across nearly 70 stores in 11 western states. Marc has led the company’s foray into digital marketing, social media and e-commerce.

Mark Light is president of Sterling Jewelers Inc., Akron, Ohio, the largest specialty retail jewelry chain in the U.S. Light began his career with Sterling Jewelers  in 1978. He has been honored for his tireless work on behalf of Jewelers for Children, and currently serves on its board as well as that of the Jewelers Security Alliance.

Robert F. Moeller II, the president  at R.F. Moeller Jeweler, St. Paul, Minnesota, the store his father founded. Having grown up in the jewelry industry, Moeller has extensive gemology experience – earning the prestigious title of American Gem Society - Certified Gemologist Appraiser and a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

Larry Pelzel is the vice president of precious jewelry at Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas, where he has worked for 32 years. In this role, he oversees all buying, selling and marketing aspects of the division and manages a design studio that consists of 10 goldsmiths. On working in the jewelry industry, Pelzel says: “I am very proud of the industry that has enabled me to be involved in something that I truly love and have a great deal of appreciation for.”

Michael Pollak is co-founder of Hyde Park Jewelers, in Denver, Colorado. He has more than 35 years experience in retail management and has developed three luxury jewelry stores. Pollak has received numerous industry awards, including an induction into the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame. He is currently a board member of the National Jeweler advisory board, Natural Color Diamond Association and has served as president of Luxury Jewelers Resource Group.  

Howard Tapper founded Tapper’s Jewelry, in West Bloomfield, Michigan, 34 years ago and has since grown the 1,000-square-foot space into a three-location, premier destination for gifts of diamonds and fine jewelry. Tapper says his main source of personal satisfaction is celebrating the happy occasions of his customers’ lives: “We mark the most special moments . . . and help to bring joy into the lives of others. What job could be better than that?”

William Farmer Jr. and his sister, Kristi Farmer Lykins, are second-generation owners of Farmer’s Jewelry, in Lexington, Kentucky. He has a graduate gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is an American Gem Society Certified Gemologist and Certified Gemologist Appraiser. Farmer has a long history of industry association support and leadership.  He is a previous JA board director and serves as the chair of JA’s political action committee. He also served two terms as president of the Kentucky Jewelers Association and was president of the American Gem Society from 2002-04.

In addition to Burman, additional outgoing directors include Jeff Corey of Day’s Jewelers; Vicki Cunningham of Cunningham Fine Jewelry; John Hayes of Goodman’s Jewelers; and Woody Justice of Justice Jewelers.

For the complete list of JA’s 2011-2012 board  visit www.jewelers.org/aboutJA/board.html.

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