WJA to Honor: Bergman and Boyajian

The Women's Jewelry Association board of directors will honor two industry leaders at WJA's 22nd Annual Awards for Excellence dinner, at Pier 60 in New York City on July 31. Phyllis Bergman, president of Mercury Ring Corp. and a past WJA president, will receive the WJA Hall of Fame Award. William E. Boyajian, president of the Gemological Institute of America, will be honored with the Ben Kaiser Award, given to men in the industry who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the advancement of women. WJA president Anna Martin noted that this is the first time the Ben Kaiser Award has been given in the same year as the Hall of Fame Award. Phyllis Bergman became president of Mercury Ring Corp. in 1986. She oversees sales, design, operations, marketing, and client relations. As a result of her leadership, the company has increased its customer base more than sixfold. Bergman served as pres

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