JBT Closes New York Office

The Jewelers Board of Trade is shutting its New York office
at the end of the year, and consolidating it into the organization’s Rhode
Island headquarters.

“We are dedicating a highly capable team of Rhode Island
based staff, led by Jim Rocchio and Bob Peterssen, to support you,” said
president Dione D. Kenyon in an email to members. “Jim, a 20+ year veteran
credit manager at JBT will lead a team of investigators whose sole
responsibility will be for the New York market.  Jim reports to Bob Peterssen, who has over 25 years of
experience here, currently overseeing all credit reporting for JBT.

“Jim, Bob, and I, as well as other key JBT staff will be in
New York frequently to maintain JBT’s market visibility, local knowledge and
member service levels,” Kenyon adds.

Kenyon tells JCK that the shut-down was precipitated by the retirement of long-time New York office head Warren Ogden.

“We really looked at the office carefully over the past year and felt we could service the New York market out of Rhode Island,” she says. 

The group’s New York phone line—(212) 869-5333—can still be
used to contact JBT.