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The Gemological Institute of America has appointedJudith Shechter-Lankford as director of corporate sales. A Graduate Gemologist with more than 26 years of experience in the industry, Shechter-Lankford will be chiefly responsible for national sales of GIA's new Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) diploma and other educational programs. Shechter-Lankford has held a number of positions with GIA, including gemology instructor, distance education manager, and manager of the GIA bookstore. She also worked closely with the developers of several gemology and jewelry courses and programs for the institute. She also worked for a fine jewelry store in Los Angeles for eight years, as a manager, buyer, and appraiser, and served as operations manager for MVI Marketing Ltd. in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kevin R. Ray has been named manager of Schwarzschild Jewelers'Regency Square store in Richmond, Va
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