Joseph M. Menzie was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the International Colored Gemstone Association in May at the organization’s biennial congress in Changsha, China.
The award recognizes individuals who made significant contributions toward developing the global gemstone industry. Menzie, who began his career at his grandfather’s company, Charles F. Winson, served for 16 years on the ICA board of directors, including a stint as vice president as well as two terms as president, from 2003–2007.
During his tenure, ICA expanded its reach into emerging consumer markets, such as Russia and South Korea, and started initiatives in China in 2003. As president, he spearheaded developments of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives with an emphasis on assisting children in impoverished areas where gemstone deposits occur.
Menzie is also founder and past president of the New York Jewelers Group, a think tank of approximately 55 New York City-based wholesalers, dealers, and distributors from all sectors of industry.