American Gem Society Announces Esteemed Award Winners During Its Annual Conclave


American Gem Society Announces Esteemed Award Winners During Its Annual Conclave 

Las Vegas, NV (April 14, 2016) The American Gem Society (AGS) presented a number of prestigious awards at their annual Conclave in Washington, D.C. (April 13 - 16, 2016). All of the awards honor excellence, professionalism and a commitment to ethics and consumer protection.

At the Titleholders Luncheon on April 14th, Lisa Bridge, CG, and Anna Samsonova, CGA, Co-Chairs of the Young Titleholder’s Steering Committee, presented the Young Titleholder Award to Marc Nanasi, RS, for his exemplary service to the Young Titleholder Committee and to the AGS. “We are delighted to present Marc Nanasi with our 2016 Young Titleholder of the Year Award!” says Lisa Bridge. “Marc’s devotion to the Young Titleholders started from the beginning, and his enthusiasm and tenacity have contributed to the group’s growth and success.”  

The Society also awarded the Sallie Morton Award to Marc Altman, CGA, the Guilds' National Treasurer. This award recognizes the contribution of individuals who have gone over and above in their service to the AGS Guilds each year. Sallie Morton, ECG, was very instrumental in developing and promoting the AGS National Guilds and this esteemed honor is appropriately named after her. “From day one, Marc Altman has given the AGS Guilds so much time and attention by handling all their financial details and helping publicize almost 300 meetings,” says Laura Stanley, CGA, Chair of the AGS Guilds. “Taking that pressure off a local Guild has given them the time to devote to organizing the meetings.”

Ms. Stanley also presented the Guild of the Year award. The recipient was the St. Louis Guild. “Our Guild of the Year has set an example of not only having great programs, but also working with the local GIA Alumnae group in the local area,” said Ms. Stanley. “Having one year of success is nice, but sustaining interesting programs year after year takes a Herculean effort, and the St. Louis Guild has that! For four years, they have been an active, engaged Guild, thanks to the team put together by President Anne Howitt.”

Finally, Ms. Stanley presented the John J. Kennedy Award. This award was named after Mr. Kennedy as a tribute to his leadership in the Jewelry Security Alliance, and for his advocacy and service to the security of the jewelry industry. The award is given to law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond to help members of the jewelry industry protect their stores and their teams from theft and other criminal activity. This year’s recipients are two of the AGS’s biggest supporters at the FBI: Special Agents Jay Bartholomew and Eric Ives. “Special Agent Eric Ives and Special Agent Jay Bartholomew have helped organize and fund FBI speakers all around the country. Without them, we would never have been able to get so many inaugural Guild meetings off to such a great start,” said Ms. Stanley. “An FBI Special Agent draws a big crowd and helps support interest in future meetings, too!”


About the American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a 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 one in twenty jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership. 

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