JA Elects New Chairman

Carolyn Pope of Crews Jewelry in Grandview, Mo., has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Jewelers of America (JA). Pope is the first woman ever to hold this position. Pope has been on the board of directors of the Missouri Jewelers and Watchmakers Association since 1988 and served as that affiliate's president in 1994. She is co-chairman of the third biannual JA Regional Conference, which will be held in February 2002 in Overland Park, Kan. She is a member of the Women's Jewelry Association, on the board of directors of the Jewelry Information Center, and serves on the honorary board of directors of the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children. She has served on the JA board since 1994, including turns as secretary and vice chairman. Pope also is a past president of her community's Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as its treasurer. Also at the board of directors meet

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