AGS Recognizes Industry Leaders at Sold-Out Circle of Distinction Dinner


JULY 31, 2014

                                                                                    DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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AGS Recognizes Industry Leaders at Sold-Out Circle of Distinction Dinner

Las Vegas – The American Gem Society recognized three well-known leaders in the jewelry industry July 29 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City, during the prestigious Circle of Distinction dinner.

Lee Berg, CEO of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry throughout their career

Doug Hucker, CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), and Joel Schechter, CEO, HONORA, a Division of Richline Group, both received the Triple Zero Award, which is presented to members of the industry for their accomplishments and contributions.

“This amazing hotel had a tagline for many years, ‘nothing unimportant ever happens at the Plaza,’” said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “This event is no exception, because tonight is a celebration of excellence.” Ms. Batson added that the work and efforts of the three honorees has “left an indelible mark that will endure for years to come.”

About The American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is an international professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than five percent of jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.

For more information regarding the American Gem Society, please call 866.805.6500, or visit




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