AGTA’s Doug Hucker on His Gem of a Job

Douglas Hucker has dedicated his life to the jewelry business. His varied résumé includes stints teaching at GIA, serving as director of marketing for Krementz and Co., and running The Registry, an estate jewelry com­pany.?Since 1997 (with a short gap), he has headed the Dallas-based American Gem Trade Association. Last summer, Hucker won the American Gem Society’s prestigious Triple Zero Award for his service to the industry. Recently, he spoke to JCK about the importance of maintaining priorities when sands shift, how he sometimes misses “the action” of dealing, and why hiring an employee is like getting a new roommate.There’s a lot going on at AGTA. You run the GemFair in Tucson, and the Spectrum competition, plus AGTA is a trade association. How do you manage it all?What I try to do is lay out priorities at the beginning of the year. Our job is similar year to year. We kno

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