The Golden Circle Club of New York will honor Roger Gesswein of Paul H. Gesswein & Co., Bridgeport, Conn., during a “roast” in the Sky Club of New York City Sept. 21.

Gesswein is a former president of the Golden Circle Club and the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York. The Golden Circle Club is honoring him for his contributions to the industry and his work with charitable causes.

To participate in the event, call Todd Wolleman of Leo Wolleman Inc. at (212) 840-1881, ext. 106, or Chip Romans of Gesswein Co. at (203) 366-5400.


Patricia A. Howell was appointed marketing director for Precise International, Orangeburg, N.Y. She was formerly marketing manager of the company’s Wenger brand.

Lisa Punjabi was named director of marketing at Krementz & Co., Newark, N.J. She was previously merchandising manager for Avon Products, New York City.

Alan Shor was appointed senior vice president and general counsel of Zale Corp., Irving, Tex. He is responsible for the company’s legal department, is a member of the corporation’s executive committee and serves as secretary to the board of directors. He was formerly managing partner in Troutman Sanders, Washington, D.C.

Ron Koenigs joined the western region sales team of Howard H. Sweet & Son, Attleboro, Mass. Koenigs is based in Los Angeles, Cal., and is responsible for the Pacific and Mountain states, including Hawaii and Alaska. He was formerly with L&R Manufacturing.

David Cowan was named regional sales manager for New York State, New England and western Pennsylvania by Allison-Kaufman Co., Van Nuys, Cal.

Karen McCoy was named sales representative in Arizona for Dorinda’s Memories, Beavercreek, Ohio.

Robert J. Springmeyer was appointed regional sales representative for Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky by Martin’s Herend Imports Inc., Sterling, Va. He was formerly district manager for the Gor ham/Dansk/Kirk Stieff division of Lenox.

Tanury Industries of Lincoln, R.I., announced several appointments. Michael A. Akkaoui, formerly president/chief executive officer, was named president/chief operating officer. John A. Carlotto was promoted from director of engineering to vice president of engineering and quality systems. Donald M. Swanson Jr. was named financial controller. He was previously controller for Nantucket Allserve. Kevin A. Johnson was named quality assurance manager. He was formerly supplier quality engineer for Millipore Corp.

Rob Silverman was appointed creative director at Samantha Advertising, Irvine, Cal. He is in charge of the Gucci Timepieces account worldwide.

Leslie Philip was named to the new position of executive vice president of merchandising and advertising at Finlay Enterprises Inc., New York, N.Y.

Andrew Kaplan was named national sales manager at Rocket Jewelry Box Inc., Bronx, N.Y. He was formerly an account executive for Ronald C. Mick Co. Also at Rocket Box, Ola Ahlmen was appointed plant manager in charge of operations and administration.


Frederick Greenwood, 74, died of heart failure April 2 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Greenwood established A.F. Greenwood Co. Inc. in 1942 in Manhattan. He traveled widely and was known in the industry for his interest in stones from Brazil and his work with the Chivor emerald mine in Colombia. His focus grew to include loose colored stones and cultured pearls from around the world.

Hugh Ferguson McKean, 86, died of cancer May 6 in Winter Park, Fla. He was an artist, museum director and former president, chancellor and trustee of Rollins College, a liberal arts college in Winter Park. As a young artist, he studied with Louis Comfort Tiffany; he was known as a conservator of Tiffany’s glass art.

Jerome W. Robbins, 69, died April 15 of cancer in Jupiter, Fla. He was a former chief executive of HMW Industries, formerly Hamilton Watch Co. During his tenure at HMW, the company introduced the Pulsar watch, the first mass-market all-quartz watch.

Benjamin Roman Jr., 85, a jeweler, died April 21 of heart disease in St. Louis, Mo. He founded Romel’s Jewelry store in the mid-1950s and was active in the business until his death. He also was a past president of the Cherokee Businessman’s Association.

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