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WJA Announces Award for Excellence Nominees

By JCK Staff
Posted on June 19, 2012
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On June 15, the Women’s Jewelry Association announced the nominees for the 2012 Awards for Excellence.

The 2012 Awards for Excellence gala will be held on July 30 at Pier 60 at the Chelsea Piers in New York City.

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

Nominees include:

CATEGORY I. DESIGN– Fine Jewelry & Watches

  • Malak Atut, ZAIKEN Jewelry
  • Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
  • Ippolita, Ippolita 
  • Monica Rich Kosann, Monica Rich Kosann 
  • Kara Ross, Kara Ross Designs

CATEGORY II. MANUFACTURER/DEALER/SUPPLIER for FINE JEWELRY/GEMSTONES/METALS/WATCHES

  •  Andrea Hansen, Ivanka Trump
  •  Angela Karaguezian and Grace Karaguezian, Kirk Kara
  •  Nancy Kelly, Old World Chain

CATEGORY III. RETAIL –15 Doors or More

  •  Laura Swan, Kohls
  •  Natalie Toraty, Diamonds International

CATEGORY IV. RETAIL –Fewer than 15 Doors

  •  Olivia Cornell, Cornell’s Jewelers 
  •  Jennifer Gandia and Christine Gandia Gambale, Greenwich Jewelers
  •  Julia Gardner, David Gardner
  •  Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott Jewelry

CATEGORY V. RETAIL –Non-Traditional

  •  Jennifer Arthur, Amazon.com
  •  Vanessa Dusold, HSN
  •  Debra Puzio, QVC

CATEGORY VI. SALES & MERCHANDISING

  •  Jan English, Frederick Goldman
  •  Andrea Galella, Hermes of Paris
  •  Anastasia Shannon, Marco Bicego

CATERGORY VII. MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

  •  Lisa Cochin, Forevermark USA
  •  Amanda Gizzi, Jewelers of America
  •  Rebecca Moskal, Communique
  •  Jennifer Cullen Williams, Luxury Brand Group

CATEGORY VIIIMEDIA

  •  Catherine L. Davis, Veranda 
  •  Nina Lawrence, W magazine
  •  Tamara Rappa, O magazine
  •  Roxanne Robinson, WWD

CATEGORY IX. SPECIAL SERVICES

  •  Brenda Gamba, Jewelers Board of Trade
  •  Mary Lou Keen, AGTA
  •  Regina Leadem, GE Money
  •  Krista Collins Walters, SmartWork Media
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