Publisher’s Notes

SAYING GOODBYE TO A TRUE INDUSTRY LEADER Come September 30, Mike Roman is going to retire. There's a good chance that as recently as the spring of this year, when he made the announcement, most people who know Mike just couldn't imagine him retiring. He seems such a permanent part of the jewelry industry. But retire he will and his departure will leave a great gap, for Michael D. Roman - at least since he took the job as chairman and chief executive of Jewelers of America - has been a dominating force in the jewelry world. Until the sale of the JA shows to Blenheim in 1991, much of Mike's business strength came from JA's ownership and management of the shows. Interestingly enough, his prime interest since the sale - improving and professionalizing education for the jeweler - ultimately will have a far greater influence on the industry than the shows ever had. Mike Roman's role as a

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