De Beers’ Stephen Lussier (pictured, right), Signet Jewelers’ David Bouffard, and the Diamond Council of America’s Terry Chandler will all be honored at this year’s American Gem Society’s Circle of Distinction dinner.
The annual event will be held July 17 at the Plaza hotel in New York City.
Stephen Lussier, CEO of De Beers’ Forevermark brand, will receive the AGS’ prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Lussier joined De Beers’ consumer marketing division in London in 1985 as the market controller for the U.S. and Canada. He took over Forevermark in 2009. Lussier also serves as chairman of the Diamond Producers Association.
David Bouffard (pictured, left), Signet’s vice president of corporate affairs will receive the AGS Triple Zero Award. Bouffard has worked for Signet for more than 35 years, beginning in field operations in 1981, followed by management roles in merchandising, marketing, and public relations. In 2012, he was named to his current position as vice president for corporate affairs, which involves oversight of the company’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Since 2004, he has held the role of Signet spokesperson.
Terry Chandler (pictured, left), president and CEO of the Diamond Council of America (DCA), will also receive a Triple Zero Award. Chandler has headed the DCA since 2001, after years as a partner in Paducah, Ky.–based Michelson Jewelers. After taking the post, he worked with Performance Concepts and others to update the DCA’s Diamond and Colored Gemstone courses. He also led a two-year project to regain accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) in Washington, D.C., which was granted in January 2005. Last year, the DCA signed an affiliation agreement with Jewelers of America.
The AGS Circle of Distinction event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a three-course dinner, and the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. More information on the event can be seen here.
Images courtesy of the American Gem Society