AGS members presented Sites with the award at their annual Conclave in Boston, Mass on April 24. Sites received the award based on his expertise and commitment to his community, personal business, the jewelry industry and the American Gem Society, as well as his outstanding service to the AGS and his participation in local civic groups, service organizations, and industry charity boards.
Sites has been a Certified Gemologist Appraiser since 1983. He sat on the AGS board of directors in the 90s, then rejoined the AGS Board in 2000, serving as president of the board from 2004 – 2006. Sites Jewelers has two locations – Clarksville, Tennessee, and Ward-Potts in Nashville, Tennessee. Sites currently serves on the board of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the AGS Laboratories Board of Managers. He was also inducted into the National Jeweler Retail Hall of Fame in 2006.