Jewelry Industry & People: July–August 2015


>>?The Accessories Council, the nonprofit trade council for the accessories industry, will host the first annual Accessories Council Summit July 27 at LIM College in New York City.

>>?The Jewelry Industry Summit on responsible sourcing will be held March 10–13, 2016, in New York City. Organizers are raising funds for the event on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.


Paul Moonga

>>?Endless Jewelry has appointed telecom executive Paul Moonga its new CEO, as founder Jesper Nielsen says he will focus on expanding the brand worldwide.

>>?Greg Penner has been named Wal-Mart’s new chairman, replacing Rob Walton, who has served in that capacity since 1992. Penner is Walton’s son-in-law; Walton is son of the company founder.

>>?T.W. Steel, the Netherlands-based watch and lifestyle brand, has named Herschel Hiat its executive vice president for North America. Hiat was previously the senior vice president of sales for M.Z. Berger & Co.

>>?Ethical Metalsmiths cofounder Christina Miller, who has led the brand since its inception in 2004, has stepped down. Development director Peter Calvert will serve as interim executive director.

Liz Paris

>>?Sydney Evan has named Liz Paris its new director of sales for independent retailers. Before joining the Los Angeles–based brand, Paris spent seven years as regional sales manager for David Yurman.

>>?Stephen Chambers has joined Lagos as director of visual merchandising. Chambers has 20-plus years of experience in luxury and fashion, most recently at Ippolita.

>>?Ashi Diamonds has appointed Ron Delger sales representative and marketing consultant for the Pacific Northwest region.

>>?Hearts On Fire has named Mike Mojica, a four-decade veteran of the jewelry industry, its director of business development.

>>?Frederick Goldman has named executive vice president of operations John Orrico its first-ever chief operating officer.

>>?Michael Benavente is the new president of Scott Kay. He was managing director for the Americas for Gucci Group Watches & ­Jewelry for nearly 11 years.

Peter Smith

>>?Peter Smith, a former executive with Hearts On Fire, Leo Schachter, and Tiffany & Co., has been named president of New York City–based Vibhor Gems.

>>?Christie’s has named Eric Wind vice president and senior specialist of its New York watch department. Wind has been a contributor to Hodinkee, the watch blog, for five years.

>>?Rahaminov Diamonds has named Zach Buss its Southern regional sales director, based in Los Angeles. In addition, sisters Nicol and Melanie Goldfiner have joined Rahaminov, working alongside parents Amir and Tamara.


>>?Marie Salem Habeeb, who cofounded Habeeb’s Jewelers in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1956, died June 3. She was 90.

>>?Christopher Cole Fondell, owner of Alaska Jewelry in Sitka, Alaska, died March 17. He was 57.

>>?Steve Shonebarger, an industry veteran who worked for a variety of companies including Corum, Mayors, Harry Winston, and Bulgari, died May 10 at age 66.

>>?Herb Lewis, a widely respected industry leader and top executive at Bulova and Allison-Kaufman, died June 9, just days after his 100th birthday.

>>?Michael Cohen, who served as general manager of the Israel Diamond Exchange for more than 25 years, died April 19 at age 97.


>>?JCK Events’ Yancy ­Weinrich, Connecticut retailer John Green, and San Francisco retailer ­Georgie Gleim will be honored by the American Gem Society on July 28 at its Circle of Distinction dinner in New York City.

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