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BILL PRESTON & AGS: MAN OF INTEGRITY When I read George Holmes’ Tribute of Appreciation to William S. Preston Jr. in February JCK, I knew I must (and wanted to) add more to the tribute. Everything George Holmes said is true, but there is much more – contributions Bill Preston made to the professionalism of our industry that few people know about. I first met Bill Preston in the early 1960s, through my American Gem Society affiliation. He was AGS president then and already involved in the Federal Trade Commission Guides and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. It was evident from the very beginning that he was totally dedicated to ethics, professionalism and honesty in the jewelry profession. He was unwavering in this dedication. In 1974, he was named Shipley Award Winner. In the following years our two firms, and families, became linked through the Jewelers’ Conference Group

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