He will serve a two-year term
The American Gem Society (AGS) has named Scott Berg president of its board of directors.
Berg is the market president of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, La. He assumes the role from outgoing president Louis Smith of Smithworks Fine Jewelry in Spartanburg, S.C.
“Scott is sure to be a dynamic and effective president,” said Ruth Batson, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories, in a statement. “He has been a wonderful asset to the AGS and is a highly respected leader in the jewelry industry. We thank Louis for all of his hard work and dedication, and we look forward to Scott’s leadership.”
Berg will hold the position until April 2018.
“I am honored to take the helm of the American Gem Society,” said Berg. “In the ever-increasing, fast-paced modern world, ethics, transparency, and consumer protection are all the more important. We must be vigilant as a collective industry in adhering to the strictest code of ethics to ensure consumer confidence in our product and our people.”
AGS also announced its 2016–2017 board of directors.
President Elect: John Carter, Jack Lewis Jewelers, Bloomington, Ill.
Secretary: Michael Richards, Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, Fla.
Senior Advisor: Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, Calif.
Treasurer: Frank Brown, Brown & Co. Jewelers, Atlanta
AGS Lab Board of Advisors: Clayton Bromberg, Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, Fla.
Conclave Sub-Committee: John Carter, Jack Lewis Jewelers, Bloomington, Ill.
International Guilds Council: Marc Altman, B & E Jewelers and Gemologist, Southampton, Penn.
Gemological Sciences Committee: Michael Richards, Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, Fla.
Education Committee: Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle
Marketing Committee: Scott Udell, London Jewelers, Glen Cove, N.Y.
Membership Committee and Grievance & Review: Kelly Newton, Newton’s Jewelers, Fort Smith, Ark.
(Photo courtesy of AGS)