WJA Awards for Excellence Winners Feted



 

 The Women’s Jewelry Association hosted its 26th Annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner last night at the Chelsea Piers in New York. Some 550 guests attended. Honorees included 10 individuals and one corporate entity, all recognized for achievements across various sectors of industry.

 

The winners are segmented by category:

 

Design, Fine Jewelry
Winner:
Ann King, Steven Lagos and Ann King for QVC

Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier for Fine Jewelry/Gemstones/ Metals/ Watches
Winner:
Gena Alulis, CliQ by Superfit
 
Retail, more than 15 stores
Winner: Bea Speich, Macy’s

 

Retail, fewer than 15 stores
Winner: Cathy Corey, Day’s Jewelers

Sales/Merchandising
Winner:
Robin Lutin, JCK
 
Marketing & Communications
Winner:
Branee Dallow, Julius Klein 

Editorial/Reporting/Publishing
Winner:
Cheryl Kremkow, Modern Jeweler

 
Special Services
Winner:
Dionne Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade

 

Hall of Fame, Corporate Award for Excellence (this is the first year for this award)

Gemological Institute of America

Matt Runci, Jewelers of America
Hall of Fame, 2009 Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Matt Runci, Jewelers of America

 

Diane Von Furstenberg

Hall of Fame, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Diane Von Furstenberg

For a complete list of all those nominated, click here

UPDATE: The evening’s silent auction raised approximately $30,000 for its scholarships and grants program.