Ruth Batson, executive director and chief executive officer of the American Gem Society, has been elected as a member of The Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York. Founded in 1902, the membership roster reads as a virtual “Who’s Who” of the jewelry industry.
“The respect and high regard associated with The Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York, and its members is both astounding and humbling,” Batson said. “I look forward to active membership in the club for years to come.”
Batson is responsible for managing AGS’s daily operations to meet strategic goals and initiatives. Batson brings experience in association management, business development, strategic planning, leadership, and finance to the Society. An integral force in the American Gem Society’s growth and development since joining the organization in 1993, Batson previously held the position of controller and chief financial officer, where she was responsible for the financing, design, and construction of the American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley building complex. In addition, she acted as a key participant in the development, startup, and management of the American Gem Society Laboratories. Batson currently serves on the Board of Directors for many jewelry industry organizations including Jewelers for Children, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the JCK Show Advisory Board, and the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices.