AGTA-GTC’s New Team

Between losing its longtime director and pointed questions about how it could afford to hire three gemological heavyweights to replace him, AGTA’s Gemological Testing Center had a rough start to 2005. Eleven months later, the lab could be more profitable than ever. It was no great surprise to anyone at the American Gem Trade Association when Ken Scarratt, former director of AGTA’s Gemological Testing Center, announced plans to resign and move to Thailand last March. Not only had Scarratt lived there years before but he also has a Thai wife (who worked for AGTA as well), and everyone there knew that the Scarratts considered Thailand, not New York, home. Douglas K. Hucker, executive director of Dallas-based AGTA, calls Scarratt one of the top gemological minds in the world and admitted it wouldn’t be easy to replace him. Yet even as he lured three of the world’s acknowledged ge
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