The Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America welcomed a new chairman and several members to the board of directors, during the organization’s 103rd annual meeting.
Alan Bell of The Bell Group, Albuquerque, N.M., was elected as the new chairman of the board. Joining Bell as leaders of the association were Richard Powers of Stern Metals, Dave Meleski of Aurafin/Oro America, Ed DeCristofaro of LDC, Inc., and Joseph Sisto of Leach & Garner/General Findings.
Newly elected to the board of directors was Anna Martin of ABN AMRO International Diamond & Jewelry Group, New York City. Re-elected to the board of directors were Richard Frederick of Keystone Findings, Telford, Pennsylvania, and Torrance Hoover of Hoover & Strong, Richmond, Virginia. Directors to fulfill unexpired terms are Berge Abajian of Bergio, Fairfield, New Jersey, and Pat Patten of The Jewelry Group Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee.
The annual was held in the Rotunda Room at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It included a keynote address by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and a tribute to outgoing MJSA chairman Michael Akkaoui.
MJSA’s 103rd Annual Meeting sponsors were TransFirst, FedEx, National Chain Group, Creative Services Inc., and the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.