Terry Chandler, president of the Diamond Council of America, has been inducted as a member of The Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York.
With a membership limited to 200 people, the exclusive social club recognizes accomplished individuals in jewelry. Being selected for membership salutes the nominee’s personal character and commitment to the industry.
Chandler’s 27-year jewelry career began in Kentucky with a family-owned chain of four jewelry stores, Michelson Jewelers, Inc. Throughout his 21-year tenure, he was a store manager, supervisor, senior vice president, and partner in the chain, which grew to twelve stores. He accepted the full time role of President/CEO of the Diamond Council of America in February of 2001 and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations at its Nashville offices.
During his tenure, the council has grown from seventy members representing approximately twelve hundred stores to one of the industry’s leading education and training resources with over two hundred members representing over six thousand retail jewelry stores in the United States and Canada.
Before becoming president of the Diamond Council of America, Chandler served on the organization’s board for twelve years. He is also a member of the DeBeers USA Carat Club and former director on the Board of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Chandler currently serves on the Board of Jewelers for Children, The Jewelers Leadership Forum, and the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. He is a member of the 24 Karat Club of the Southeastern United States and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of that organization. Chandler is also a 1994 inductee into Alpha Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society of the Diamond Council of America.
The Diamond Council of America was founded in 1944 as a forum to educate jewelry sales professionals about diamonds and gems. This not-for-profit organization provides the professional jeweler with an opportunity to earn a certification in diamonds and gemstones, and gives salespeople the knowledge and training necessary to make them successful. It represents more than 4,900 jewelry stores and suppliers of diamonds and gems across the country.