Bringing Home the Basics

Terry Chandler, president and chief executive officer of the Diamond Council of America, Nashville, Tenn., has a passion for training and educating jewelers. That passion was forged through two decades of working in jewelry retail. Chandler began his jewelry career with Michelson Jewelers, a Paducah, Ky.–based regional chain, in 1979. Starting as a trainee, Chandler moved up the ladder, managing stores, overseeing personnel, and even- tually becoming a partner in the company. At Michelson’s, Chandler was involved in virtually every aspect of the business. In 2001, Chandler accepted the full-time role of president and CEO of DCA. He oversees day-to-day operations of this nonprofit organization, which serves as the industry’s “community college system” in providing basic courses and certification in diamonds and colored gemstones. Chandler is active in many industry organiz

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