Open Letter

As of Sept. 30, we'll have a new executive director at Jewelers of America. The new man, Matt Runci, is likely to get an earful of advice over the next few months so we thought it would be okay to add our own two cents. Here goes. Dear Matt: Congratulations on your new job. You had some high-class competition and it's a tribute to your accomplishments that the JA search committee and board singled you out as their new leader. You're also taking over from a man whom we saluted a few short years ago as one of the true jewelry industry greats. In his 20 years or so as the head of JA, Mike Roman has been a real leader and, even if not universally loved, beyond doubt universally respected for his determination and toughness. Mike was a man for his time. Now it's time for the Baby Boomer takeover. The next 20 years, at least, are yours, Matt, and you face a period of unprecedented change
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