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PROMOTION AT GIA The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has promoted Jim Littman to the newly created position of chief development officer. Littman previously was director of development for the Carlsbad, Calif., nonprofit institute. Since 1994, he has spearheaded GIA’s fund-raising campaigns, which have raised more than $20 million. Among the most successful of these efforts is Vision 2000, which aims to secure capital to improve GIA’s education programs, broaden its research and development activities, and provide scholarships and student financial aid. In 1996, Littman initiated the annual League of Honor Founders Dinner to recognize those who have contributed $100,000 or more to Vision 2000. He’s also worked to enhance the institute’s visibility through publications, special events, and other projects, including the Genesis Young Leadership group, museum developmen
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