COMINGS AND GOINGS
>>?On Oct. 16, Ernest Blom was elected president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses at the 24th World Diamond Congress in Mumbai. He succeeds Avi Paz.
>>?The Gemological Institute of America named Mark Nechita vice president of global human resources.
>>?Moti Ganz was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies. Ganz also serves as president of the International Diamond Manufacturers Association.
>>?The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India has elected Vipul P. Shah as its chairman and Pankaj Parekh as its vice chairman.
>>?Jewelers Mutual Insurance promoted Carol Sanders to executive vice president and chief operating officer.
>>?The Responsible Jewellery Council has appointed James Courage to succeed Matthew A. Runci as chairman. Courage also serves as the CEO of Platinum Guild International.
>>?Jewelers for Children has elected 10 new directors to its board: Scott Berger, Pandora North America; Dave Bonaparte, Jewelers of America; Alan Chinich, Movado Group; David Cochran, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America; Jeff Corey, Day’s Jewelers; Vicki Cunningham, Cunningham Fine Jewelers; Jerry Ehrenwald, International Gemological Institute; Eddie LeVian, Le Vian; Scott McQuaid, In House Jewelers; Yancy Weinrich, JCK Events.
>>?Louis Fortunoff, a former executive vice president of his family’s retail chain, died of cancer Oct. 20 at age 47. He also served as a board member of the New York State Jewelers Association.
>>?Renowned colored gemstone dealer and jewelry manufacturer Richard Krementz Jr. died of cancer Nov. 21 at age 86. He was the owner of Richard Krementz Gemstones.
>>?Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee headlines the American Gem Society’s conclave at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix April 24–27. Other speakers include Jim Stengel, ex–global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble, and best-selling author Sally Hogshead (Fascinate!). JCK senior editor Rob Bates will emcee the event.
>>?On Jan. 11, the Jewelry Information Center will hand out its annual GEM Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Award winners include Town & Country style director Stellene Volandes (journalistic excellence), Ippolita Rostango (design), and Matthew A. Runci, outgoing president and CEO of Jewelers of America (lifetime achievement).
The 1,400-square-foot Vegas outpost boasts more than 400 Breitling timepieces.
>>?Watchmaker Breitling opened its first West Coast store at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.