American Gem Trade Association Announces Board of Directors’ Election Results

Dallas, Texas, September 10, 2019 – The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today the results of its annual AGTA Board of Directors’ Election.  Mr. Jonathan Gad, Gad Enterprises; Mr. William Heher, Rare Earth Mining Co.; Mr. David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd.; and Mr. Shekhar Shah, Real Gems, Inc., were re-elected as Directors to the Board. Ms. Ann Barker, Barker & Company; Mr. John Bradshaw, John J. Bradshaw; and Evan Caplan, Evan Caplan, were newly-elected. The Directors’-elect will take office in February 2020, and will serve three-year terms.

The following Members will continue with their positions on the Board:

Robert Bentley                                   

Kimberly Collins       

Ruben Bindra                                     

Jeff Mason

Bruce Bridges                                     

Hemant Phophaliya

Charles Carmona                               

Jaimeen Shah

AGTA would like to recognize Mr. Pramod Agrawal, Ms. Gina Latendresse and Mr. Simon Watt for their commitment to the AGTA Board of Directors, and to express appreciation for their years of service and dedication to AGTA.  Their terms as Directors will end in February 2020.

The Nominating Committee was chaired by Past President Jeffrey Bilgore.  The Committee Members were Pramod Agrawal, John Bachman, Kimberly Collins, Simon Watt and Ray Zajicek. The AGTA Board of Directors holds elections on a rotating cycle in order to guarantee coherence of the Board’s long-term plans. The new Board Members will be introduced at the AGTA Membership Meeting, which is open to all AGTA Members and will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 800-972-1162.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industries. The Association pursues its goals through the combined use of educational programs, publicity, industry events, government and industry relations, and printed materials for both the trade and consumer. The AGTA is well-known in the gemstone and jewelry industries for maintaining the highest ethical standards.