Jenna White, Colorado School of Mines

Jenna White is a PhD Student in Earth Science and Engineering (ERSE) program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her research is focused on gem and precious metals supply chains. She has over 17 years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability and International Development. She holds an MS and MBA from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

Kimberly Collins, Kimberly Collins Colored Gemstones

Kimberly Collins is a self-started, female colored gemstone dealer, entering her 28th year in the business. Her company, Kimberly Collins Colored Gems specializes in curated fine color as well as an 18k finished jewelry line. In addition to being AGTA President of the Board of Directors, she is a member of the American Gem Society and the Women’s Jewelry Association.

John W. Ford, AGTA

John is a fifth generation Galvestonian. He graduated from Texas A&M (The Texas Maritime Academy), with an advanced degree in Maritime Studies, International Trade and Finance, and was offered a Commission in the United States Navy. He has served on many boards in Galveston where he dedicated himself to each organization and positioned them for continued success. Throughout his journey jewelry was his passion.

John has been in the jewelry industry for 39 years. He spent many years buying and exhibiting and is an expert in black opal from the Lighting Ridge mines in Australia. He is a GIA Alumni, AGS Member, and a ten-time AGTA Spectrum Award™ winner. John was elected to the AGTA Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2022 and appointed AGTA CEO shortly after. Today he works in partnership with AGTA President Kimberly Collin and the AGTA board of directors. Together they share the goal in making AGTA the flagship organization that is the guiding light for the colored stone industry.