The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) has appointed Robert M. Shipley Award® honoree, Douglas K. Hucker, to serve as its next chief executive officer. He will replace Gary Roskin, who has led the association for the past seven years.
“We salute Gary on his departure and sincerely express our gratitude for the exemplary job he has done in his leadership role with our association,” said Clement Sabbagh, ICA President. “We are very excited to have an individual as talented and committed as Douglas Hucker, who has a long and proven record of association management excellence, join our team. Doug brings proven leadership skills, knowledge of the industry, solid ethical credentials and a vision for the future that aligns perfectly with our Board and our membership.”
Prior to joining the ICA, Hucker served over two decades as CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). His industry involvement has incorporated participation on the Boards of many associations, including the AGTA, the American Gem Society, the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), and has been an avid supporter of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, the Women’s Jewelry Association, and others.
Hucker said, “I am extremely grateful to the ICA for the opportunity they have provided, which allows me to continue my passion and efforts to continually improve the colored gemstone industry.”
In his new role, Hucker will work to expand ICA’s membership, strengthen the organization’s influence and resources, and uphold its role in public and industry affairs as an advocate for its members and the colored gemstone industry at large.
The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), a non-profit organization, is the only worldwide body specifically created to benefit the global colored gemstone industry. ICA was founded in 1984 and is now comprised of 500+ gem industry leaders from mine to market, including miners, gem cutters, suppliers, retailers, trade associations, gemological laboratories, academia, museums, and more, from 47 countries who are devoted to advancing and promoting the knowledge and appreciation of colored gemstones.