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Fred Weber Receives the 2012 Robert M. Shipley Award AGS Awards its Highest Honor at Conclave

May 1, 2012, Las Vegas: Fred Weber, CG, owner Weber’s Jewelers in Dayton, OH is the 2012 recipient of the American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley award. AGS members presented him with the award at their annual Conclave in San Francisco, CA on April 37.

Fred received the award based on his expertise and commitment to his community, personal business, the jewelry industry, and the American Gem Society, and because of his outstanding service to the AGS and his participation in local civic groups, service organizations, and industry boards.

“Fred has demonstrated his dedication to the ethical standards of the American Gem Society through his professional career and his volunteer service,” said Ruth Batson, Executive Director & CEO of the American Gem Society. “He has been an enormous asset to the AGS and the AGS Laboratories through his leadership and guidance.”

In 1955, Fred became part of a long line of family owned and operated businesses that began in the early 1930s. His career in the industry started when he joined the team at Mayor’s Jewelers in Dayton, Ohio. He wasted no time achieving numerous accomplishments, including growing the family business. In the early 70s, Weber’s Jewelers was created in Hamilton, Ohio. Fred was at the helm of Weber’s expansion into other locations in and around Dayton, as well as its current location at 3109 Far Hills Avenue. Fred has owned and operated other businesses in the community, as well, including Royston’s, Spencer Jewelers and Colonial Jewelers.

Fred is a recognized leader in the Dayton community. Over an 18 year span, Fred devoted his passion and expertise to Miami Valley Hospital and Premier Health Partners, ultimately leading as chairman of the institution’s top board. Previously, Fred served as Wright State University board's chair, guiding the medical school to pioneer programs in geriatric medicine. Other civic contributions include director of the Dayton Foundation, chair of CityWide Corporation, Dayton City Commissioner, member of Temple Israel, City of Dayton Revenue/Budget Committee and Chamber Board.

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. 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