IJO CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY William F. Roberts, founder and chairman of the Independent Jewelers Organization, marked the group's 25th anniversary with a very big present to IJO's members. He announced at the buying organization's 25th anniversary seminar/buying show in July in Toronto, Canada, that he'll give IJO's profits to members (after operating expenses and member service costs) in the form of free transportation and lodging for every IJO show starting in 1997. The surprise announcement had an immediate impact. IJO officials reported the best-ever average buy at the show, at least 25% more than at the February 1996 show. Roberts said his decision followed "much soul searching" and noted it would make the organization "a true cooperative." To benefit from the plan, a person must be an IJO member in good standing for one year and attend the shows to receive one free airpla

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