Anna Martin to Receive WJA Hall of Fame Award

Women’s Jewelry Association board of directors named Anna Martin of ABN AMRO as the 2007 “Hall of Fame” recipient. She will be honored during WJA’s 24th annual Awards for Excellence gala, at Pier Sixty in New York City on July 29, 2007.

Martin, the past president of WJA and a member of its board for six years, is a senior vice president and regional manager of the America’s Diamond, Jewelry & Precious Metals Group, at ABN AMRO Bank in New York City.  

“Anna Martin is one of the most brilliant and influential women in the jewelry industry today,” said WJA President Ann Arnold. “Not only has she been an ideal role model for women in our industry, her leadership, commitment, and generous spirit has greatly contributed to the vitality and growth of our organization. WJA is very proud to honor her with this well-deserved Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Over the past 40 years at ABN AMRO, Martin has been responsible for significantly increasing the bank’s diamond lending and diversified the portfolio to include jewelry manufacturers and jewelry retailers. Today ABN AMRO is one of the leading banks providing integrated financing to the jewelry industry.

Martin is a governor and League of Honor sovereign of the Gemological Institute of America. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the GIA, the Jewelers Board of Trade, Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, and Jewelers for Children. She also serves on the executive committee of the Jewelers Charity Fund and was inducted into the “Diamond Hall of Fame” by the Diamond Industry Steering Committee. She is the recipient of the “Premier Patron” award from the Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association and received the Community Achievement Award from American ORT’s Jewelry Chapter. She also received the Annual Award for Excellence in Special Services from WJA in 1999.

WJA’s Awards for Excellence is one of the most popular events in the jewelry industry. In addition to the Hall of Fame award, the event will recognize outstanding women professionals in several different categories, including design; manufacturer/dealer/supplier; retail; sales& marketing; editorial/reporting/publishing; and special services.  WJA members are asked to submit names for nominees through their local chapters.    

Another highlight of the annual Awards for Excellence is a Silent Auction, which benefits the WJA Scholarship Fund. For more information about the WJA Awards dinner, tickets, sponsorship opportunities or how to participate in the Silent Auction, contact WJA at 856-423-3156.

Co-chairs for the awards dinner are Mindy Fielman of Hearts On Fire and Lisa Cochin of the Diamond Trading Company.