Bill Furman, a veteran of JCK magazine since 1971 and a legend in the jewelry industry, is joining the team of the JIS Miami shows effective July 2.
Reed Exhibitions, which owns JCK Events and JCK magazine, purchased the Jewelers International Showcase, which runs the JIS Miami shows, last week.
“This decision came out of a conversation between myself, JCK publisher Mark Smelzer, and Bill Furman about the total landscape of products we oversee, Bill’s strong relationships in the industry, and the huge opportunity that JIS presents. We’re thrilled that Bill Furman will be coming along on the new adventure at JIS,” said Yancy Weinrich, senior vice president JCK Events.
“This is an amazing next opportunity for Bill, one where he can make a huge impact and have exciting challenges,” said JCK publisher Mark Smelzer. “Best of all for JCK, Bill will still be a part of our extended team and can play an ‘emeritus’ role for the magazine and website as the amazing brand ambassador he is.”