Menzie to serve second term as ICA president

The General Assembly of the Colored Gemstone Association voted on the composition of the ICA Board of Directors for the coming two years. Joseph M. Menzie, USA, was elected to a second term as ICA president.

Menzie and other officers were elected Tuesday, following ICA’s 11th biennial congress, held Feb. 18-21 in Bangkok.

Elected to a first two-year term on the ICA Board of Directors, were Edward Boehm, USA; Andrew Cody, Australia; Emmanuel Piat, France; Avner Sofiov, Israel; Surasit Sriorathaikul, Thailand; and Wilson Yuen, Hong Kong. Reelected to a second term on the board were Mehul Durlabhji, India; Rocco Gay, Italy; Jacqui Grande, USA; Akira Ito, Japan; Vivek Kala, IndiaI; Ismail M. Kamil; Sri Lanka; Dong Keuk Kim, Korea; Thomas Lind, Germany; Sergio Martins, Brazil; Jean Claude Michelou, Colombia; Bhadresh Pandit, Tanzania; Janet Ann Russell, Thailand; Fujio Takada, Japan; and Constantin Wild, Germany.

Retiring from the board were Tawee Khankeaw, Thailand; Jimmy Yiu-Lun Ko, Hong Kong; Avi Meirom, Israel; Timothy R. Roark, USA; Eric Ruskone, France; and Mark Tremonti, Australia.

Holding its first meeting on February 22, the ICA board selected its office holders for the coming two years. Jean Claude Michelou was elected as ICA vice president, and Thomas Lind was elected to a second term as ICA vice president. Jacqui Grande was elected a new ICA secretary, and Ismail M. Kamil was elected to a second term as ICA secretary. Akira Ito was elected the new ICA treasurer.

“I am excited to welcome an enthusiastic and energetic group of new members to the board,” Menzie said. “ICA was founded some 20 years ago by a number of leading gem traders, who all shared a common goal, and that was to make colored gemstones a staple of the luxury goods market. Since then a new, younger generation of gem traders has emerged. I am sure that their contribution toward propelling ICA forward will continue to be significant.”