American Gem Society Launches CEO Search

Las Vegas, NV (August 2, 2016) – Earlier this year, the American Gem Society (AGS) and AGS Laboratories announced that Ruth Batson, CEO, would be retiring in the summer of 2017. A search for her replacement has begun, and the opening is posted on the AGS website, as well as other career sites.

The AGS Board of Directors has appointed a committee of members to lead the search. Louis Smith (Smithworks Fine Jewelry) is the committee Chair, and is joined by AGS members Scott Berg (Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry), Ed Bridge (Ben Bridge Jeweler), John Carter (Jack Lewis Jewelers), Mark Moeller (R.F. Moeller Jeweler), and Yancy Weinrich (JCK Shows).

"Ruth will be a tough act to follow and we appreciate that she has provided ample notice so that we can transition the new CEO under her guidance," said Mr. Smith. "We are giving much thought and consideration to this search process. It's important that we find someone who is committed to the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories' mission of consumer protection."

To help with the search, the AGS and AGS Laboratories have engaged Carlson Beck, a nonprofit executive search firm.  To learn more about this career opportunity, please contact Sally Carlson, Managing Partner at Carlson Beck, at 415.433.2299 or email Please note: deadline for submissions is September 9, 2016. 

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About the American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting a high standard of ethics, continuous education, 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 chosen to meet the exacting standards necessary for membership.

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Sally Carlson
Managing Partner
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Donna Jolly
Director of Marketing
American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories
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