JA Has New Chairs, Officers

Alan M. Zimmer, president/CEO of Reeds Jewelers, Wilmington, N.C., was elected chairman of Jewelers of America in July during JA’s board of directors meeting in New York. Zimmer succeeds Carolyn Pope of Crews Jewelry, Grandview, Mo., whose two-year term ended.

The following officers also were elected: John Cohen, Carlyle & Co. Jewelers, Greensboro, N.C., chairman-elect; John Green, Lux, Bond & Green, West Hartford, Conn., vice chairman; Terry Burman, Sterling Jewelers, Akron, Ohio, vice chairman; Susan Jacques, Borsheim’s, Omaha, Neb., treasurer; and Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, Calif., secretary.

In addition, JA welcomed the following new board members:

Artie Bennos, Simms II Jewelers, Winchester, Mass.; Jon Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, Wash.; Vicki Cunningham, Cunningham Fine Jewelry, Tulsa, Okla.; Stanislas de Quercize, Cartier, New York; Mary Forte, Zale Corp., Irving, Texas; Michael L. White, White’s Jewelers, Springfield, Tenn.

Continuing on the JA board are Jeffrey W. Comment, Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Mo.; Esther Fortunoff, Fortunoff, Uniondale, N.Y.; Joseph Hagan, Jewelry Creations, Dover, N.H.; Marion Halfacre, Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, Calif.; H. Victor Hellberg, Hellberg’s Jewelers, Marshalltown, Iowa; Michael J. Kowalski, Tiffany & Co., New York; William Merkley, Merkley-Kendrick Jewelers, Louisville, Ky.; Michael Parker, Michael’s Fine Jewelry, Aiea, Hawaii; Alan Rodriguez, House of Stones, New Philadelphia, Ohio; Raimie H. Weber, George Fillmore Goldsmiths & Jewelers, Canton, Conn.; and Richard White, Ed White Jewelers, Cullman, Ala.

Completing their terms on the JA board, in addition to Carolyn Pope, are Clayton Bromberg of Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, Fla.; Ralph Destino of Cartier, New York; Margaret Johnson-Ayres of Ayres Jewelry Co., Casper, Wyo.; and Paul Minton of B.C. Clark Jewelers, Oklahoma City, Okla.