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JVC Welcomes New Members to the Board

Jan 13, 2014 3:51 PM   By JVC
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Press Release: The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC)  held its annual luncheon event at the Waldorf~Astoria on Friday, January 10, 2014. The event brought together industry members from every aspect of the jewelry industry and celebrated JVC’s elite sponsors for their generosity at the event and throughout the year.

During the event the Stanley Schechter Award was presented to Brad Brooks-Rubin, for his work as the special advisor for conflict diamonds while he was employed at the U.S. State Department.  He is currently of counsel to Holland & Hart LLP. The keynote speaker was former Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, currently a partner at the law firm of Gibson Dunn in New York City.

JVC also welcomed 12 new board members to the JVC board of directors. These new members include:

Michael Akkaoui of Tanury Industries Inc.
Lita Asscher of Royal Asscher of America Diamond Inc.
Robert Bentley of Robert Bentley Company Inc.
Jeffrey A. Cohen of Citizen Watch Co. of America Inc.
Karen Goracke of Borsheim’s
Myriam Gumuchian of Gumuchian Fils Ltd.
Eddie Le Vian of Le Vian Corp.
Ross Markman of Suberi Brothers Inc.
Stuart Samuels of Premier
Peter Webster of Roberto Coin
Todd Wolleman of Leo Wolleman/Color Craft

The new officers elected for the coming term are:

Beryl Raff of Helzberg Diamonds as chairwoman
Steven P. Kaiser of Kaiser Time as first vice president
Scott Berg of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry as second vice president
Mark Goldberg of Rolex Watch Co. as Treasurer
Joel Schechter of Richline Group as corporate secretary

Continuing to serve on the board are: 

Ruediger Albers of American Wempe Corp.
Larry Barkley, Sr. of Tourneau
Ruth Baton of American Gem Society
Eric Christopher of Zale Corporation
David W. Cochran of Manufacturing Jlrs. & Suppliers of America
Huw H. Daniel of Platinum Guild International USA
Lynn Dennison of Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Jeffrey H. Fischer of Fischer Diamonds Inc.
Rebecca Foerster of Rio Tinto
Ronald J. Friedman of William Friedman Diamonds LTD
Mark Gershburg of Gemological Science Intl.
Thomas Heyman of Oscar Heyman & Bros. Inc.
Meyer Hoffman of Mikimoto
Douglas Hucker of American Gem Trade Association Inc.
Susan M. Jacques of Gemological Institute of America
Robert Kempler of The Aaron Group
Sheldon Kwiat of Kwiat
Regina Leadem of GE Capital
Sally Morrison of World Gold Council
Pam Mortensen of JCPenney
Carol Pennelli of David Yurman
Emmanuel Perrin of Cartier North America Inc.
William Sites of Ward-Potts Jewelers
Charles Stanley of Forevermark U.S. Inc.
Ronnie H. VanderLinden of Diamex Inc.
Mark K. Willson of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.

The JVC welcomes the new board members and looks forward to working with all of the board of directors over the next two years.

Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit legal trade association fulfilling its mission to maintain the jewelry industry’s highest ethical standards. JVC offers dispute mediation and arbitration services for trade and consumers, compliance monitoring and precious metals testing, among many other services. JVC, long considered the industry’s guardian of ethics and integrity, is a resource for the entire jewelry industry and its customers as well as an industry representative before government agencies, media and adjunct fields. For more information visit:


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Jan 14, 2014 7:39AM    By Jeffrey Post
Congrats to all. You all are a vital resource to the industry which sometimes goes unnoticed and unheralded. It's the dedication of JVC that keeps the industry together in a unified front against misleading and unethical practices that on occasion has plagued our reputation. Thank you for your time and efforts. Jeffrey Post President Natural Color Diamond Association
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