American Gem Society Appoints New President and Announces 2014 Board of Directors

May 1, 2014

CONTACT:  Donna Jolly
Deputy Executive Director
 American Gem Society
702.255.6500 ext. 1018

 American Gem Society Appoints New President and Announces 2014 Board of Directors

May 1, 2014, Las Vegas. The American Gem Society elected Louis Smith, Certified Gemologist (CG), of Smithworks Fine Jewelry as President of the Society’s Board of Directors, taking over the role from outgoing President, David Gardner, of David Gardner’s Jewelers. The appointment was made during the Society’s annual Conclave in San Diego, on April 26th.

“Louis is going to be a wonderful President,” said Ruth Batson, CEO and Executive Director of AGS. “He has been a hard-working and committed member of our executive committee for the last four years, and is well-deserving of this honor.”

Smith will hold the role of AGS’s Board President until April 2016. Smith said, “I’m very excited to assume the role of President. We have a talented team at headquarters, and a hard-working and dedicated board. With that combination and our membership, I’m looking forward to great things in the next two years.”

AGS also announced the list of its 2014 - 2015 Board Of Directors including: President Elect – Scott Berg, CG; Secretary and Chair, Conclave Sub-Committee – John Carter, CGA; Sr. Advisor – Bill Sites, CGA; Treasurer – Kelly Kinas; Director at Large – Beryl Raff; Director at Large – Yancy Weinrich; Director at Large – Charles Rosario; Chair, International Guilds Council – Laura Stanley, CGA; Chair, Gemological Sciences Committee – Michael Richards, CG; Chair, Education & YT. Committee – Lisa Bridge, CG; Chair, Marketing Committee – Michael Wilson, CG; Chair, Membership & GR. Committee – Kelly Newton, CGA; Chair, AGS Lab Advisory Committee – Mark Moeller, CGA.

The Board also added three new members, each appointed as Director at Large – Frank Brown, RJ, Scott Udell and Stewart Wicht.

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 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. Only one in twenty jewelers in the US have undergone 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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