JCK’s Person of the year John J. Kennedy

Security and vigilance: Until recently, most Americans barely gave either a passing thought. But in the months since the September 11 attacks, both have become household words. Within the U.S. jewelry trade, however, these have always been of vital interest, and for more than a century, the Jewelers' Security Alliance has dedicated itself to making the industry safer and more secure. Some of JSA's most significant accomplishments, though, have come just in the past few years. Since 1993, under the leadership of president John J. Kennedy, the efforts of the national nonprofit JSA have contributed to a sharp drop in murders and crimes against industry personnel, an increase in prosecutions of criminals who prey on traveling salespeople, more federal funding for the FBI's fight against gem thieves, and more security and crime prevention information for jewelers and law enforcement offic

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