FAREWELL TO AN INDUSTRY GIANT Another one-of-a-kind, another one of the giants who made the jewelry industry so great and one we love so much is leaving his jewelry connection for something else, no doubt a greater challenge in a long career of challenges. Of course, I refer to Michael D. Roman, known to everyone as Mike! Mike Roman (who retired last month as chairman of Jewelers of America) is one of the most intelligent, hard-working men of integrity who I have ever had the great pleasure to know. He is a real gentleman, always kind and most considerate. I really became a good friend with Mike when he became sales manager of Bulova. If you walked by a group of men talking and he was one of them, he never failed to reach out, shake your hand, ask how you were doing then rejoin his group. He has always been, still is, and will continue to be a mensch. Michael Roman and his beautifu

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