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New Board Members Elected at Conclave 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  
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At the Society’s annual Membership Breakfast on Wednesday, April 10, the membership confirmed the Board of Directors for 2019/2020. Niveet Nagpal of Omi Gems and Caryl Capeci of Chow Tai Fook, North America, were elected as Directors-at-Large. Beryl Raff of Helzberg Diamonds, and Yancy Weinrich of JCK Events, were the outgoing Board members, having served their terms fully.

“I would like to thank Yancy Weinrich and Beryl Raff for their years of service to the American Gem Society Board of Directors,” said John Carter, President of the AGS Board of Directors. “The soul of the Society is in the volunteerism of our membership and the countless hours they contribute to the advancement of our mission. Yancy and Beryl served their fellow AGS members tirelessly and we are a better organization because of men and women like them. In this same spirit, I am honored to welcome Caryl and Niveet to our Board. I look forward to serving with them and learning from their years of expertise in this industry.”

The American Gem Society Board of Directors for 2019-2020

The 2019/2020 American Gem Society Board of Directors is as follows:

Executive Committee

President: John Carter, CGA
President-Elect: Michael Richards, CG
Secretary: Lisa Bridge, CG
Sr. Advisor: Georgie Gleim, CG
Treasurer: Larry Rickert


Caryl Capeci
Mitchell Clark, CG
Amanda Coleman-Phelps, CGA
Scott Murphy
Niveet Nagpal
Scott Udell
Ronald “Ronnie” VanderLinden
Stewart Wicht


AGS Laboratories Advisory Committee: Clayton Bromberg, CG
Conclave Subcommittee: Alexis Padis, CGA
Education Committee: Sarah Person, CG
Finance, Audit and Legal: Larry Rickert
Gemological Science Committee: Bryan Moeller, CGA
International Guilds Council: Marc Altman, CGA
Membership & Grievance Committee: Kelly Newton, CGA
Young Titleholders Committee: Marc Nanasi, RS


Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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