The American Gem Society awarded Charles and Ellen Lacy, owners of Lacy & Co., its 2009 Robert M. Shipley Award, the Society's highest honor, for their lifetime of service to AGS. The Lacys not only received the surprise of the award but also were unexpectedly greeted by their two children and five grandchildren, ages four through nine, who flew in for the event. "Charles and I were floored," Ellen Lacy tells JCK. As a bonus, Lacy skipped classes that day and spent the afternoon with her grandchildren at the Willis Tower. Coming Going Strategist and planner Charlotte Preston, president of Charlotte Preston Catalysts, has launched The Catalytic Board, comprising jewelry industry analyst Ken Gassman, independent retailer Kathy Sustachek, and Preston. The board works with retailers to review goals. For information, e-mail: Randy McCullough has resigned as chair

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