The Oklahoma Jewelers Association inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame during the group’s 100th anniversary celebration. The festivities took place during the association’s centennial convention in Oklahoma City.
Inducted to the Hall of Fame were Gilbert Davidson, owner of Klar Brothers Jewelers in Muskogee, Okla., until his retirement in 2005, and Bill and Sharon Blair, executive directors of OJA. Davidson is the current secretary/treasurer of OJA, and has held several other positions with the association during his long-standing service on the board of directors. Sharon Blair has managed OJA since 1991; her husband Bill joined her in 1999.
“These folks have contributed a significant part of their lives to the development of the jewelry industry in Oklahoma, and we are thrilled to recognize their contributions in this very special way,” said OJA president Howard Cunningham.
In addition to the anniversary banquet, OJA’s 100th Convention, held in mid-September, featured a full-day program of education seminars, including a presentation of “At the Bench Live,” co-sponsored by Jewelers of America and Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America. Also included in the day’s education was Bryan Dodge, who presented his program, “How to Build a Complete Sales Person.”