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Awards Announced at Titleholders Luncheon

Tuesday, April 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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During the Titleholders Luncheon held on April 6, 2017, a number of awards were presented in honor of excellence, professionalism, and a commitment to ethics and consumer protection.

Anna Samsonova, CGA, Young Titleholder of the Year Award
Young Titleholder of the Year Award,
Anna Samsonova, CGA

Guild of the Year to the Cincinnati Guild
Guild of the Year Award, the Cincinnati Guild

Sallie Morton Award to Adam Graham
Sallie Morton Award, Adam Graham

John J. Kennedy Award,  Det. Carol Mosher
John J. Kennedy Award, Detective Carol Mosher

Denise Chislett, CGA, Chair of the Young Titleholder’s Steering Committee, presented the Young Titleholder Award to Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge, for her exemplary service to the Young Titleholder Committee and to the AGS. "Anna is the type of person that does all the work behind the scenes and doesn't want any credit for it," said Ms. Chislett. "She always makes our team look good and is never afraid to speak her mind. She is the one who approached past president, David Gardner, and asked if she could rejuvenate the Young Titleholders after the committee had been inactive for years."

Also at the Titleholders Luncheon, the International Guilds Council presented three awards.

The Guild of the Year Award was presented to the Cincinnati Guild. "When their leader, Kara Huddleston, was on maternity leave, the members of this Guild's board worked together like a finely tuned engine and carried on, showing amazing leadership," said Marc Altman, CGA, Chair of the AGS International Guilds Council.

The Sallie Morton Award was presented to long-time AGS member, Adam Graham. This award recognizes the contribution of individuals who have gone over and above in their service to the AGS Guilds each year. Sallie Morton, ECG, was very instrumental in developing and promoting the AGS International Guilds and this esteemed honor is appropriately named after her. "As one of our first speakers, Adam traveled the country, going tirelessly to one meeting after the other, whenever we asked," said Mr. Altman. "As busy as his life is, he never said no to us."

The John J. Kennedy Award was presented to Detective Carol Mosher, of the Los Angeles Police Department. This award was named after Mr. Kennedy as a tribute to his leadership in the Jewelry Security Alliance, and for his advocacy and service to the security of the jewelry industry. The award is given to law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond to help members of the jewelry industry protect their stores and their teams from theft and other criminal activity. "Detective Mosher has been one of the country's most active task force officers dealing with jewelry crime and has arrested dozens of international criminals. Carol is an advisor to law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and is a guest speaker at many events," said Mr. Altman.


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