FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Gem Society Appoints New President of the Board
and Announces 2016 Board of Directors
Las Vegas, NV (April 18, 2016) The American Gem Society (AGS) elected Scott Berg, Certified Gemologist (CG) of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, LA, as President of the Society’s Board of Directors, assuming the role from outgoing president, Louis Smith, CG, of Smithworks Fine Jewelry. The appointment was made during the Society’s annual Conclave in Washington, D.C. on April 16th at the Membership Breakfast.
“Scott is sure to be a dynamic and effective president,” says Ruth Batson, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories. “He has been a wonderful asset to the AGS and is a highly respected leader in the jewelry industry. We thank Louis for all of his hard work and dedication, and we look forward to Scott’s leadership.”
Berg will hold the role of president for two years, until April 2018. “I am honored to take the helm of the American Gem Society,” says Berg. “In the ever-increasing, fast-paced modern world, ethics, transparency and consumer protection are all the more important. We must be vigilant as a collective industry in adhering to the strictest code of ethics to ensure consumer confidence in our product and our people.”
AGS also announces its 2016 Board of Directors, including:
President Elect: John Carter, CGA – Jack Lewis Jewelers
Secretary: Michael Richards, CG – Underwood Jewelers
Sr. Advisor: Georgie Gleim, CG – Gleim the Jeweler
Treasurer: Frank Brown, RJ – Brown & Company Jewelers
AGS Lab Advisory Committee, Clayton Bromberg, CG – Underwood Jewelers
Conclave Sub-Committee, John Carter, CGA – Jack Lewis Jewelers
International Guilds Council, Marc Altman, CGA – B & E Jewelers and Gemologist
Gemological Sciences Committee, Michael Richards, CG – Underwood Jewelers
Education Committee, Lisa Bridge, CG – Ben Bridge Jeweler
Marketing Committee, Scott Udell – London Jewelers
Membership Committee and Grievance & Review, Kelly Newton – Newton’s Jewelers
Joel Hassler, CGA – Rasmussen Diamonds
Scott Murphy – Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Alexis Padis, CGA – Padis Jewelry
Beryl Raff – Helzberg Diamonds
Ronnie VanderLinden – Diamex, Inc.
Yancy Weinrich – Reed Jewelry Group
Stewart Wicht – Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc.
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.
CONTACT: Donna Jolly
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AGS and AGS Laboratories
American Gem Society
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