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(DALLAS, TX – March 2, 2022) Douglas K. Hucker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), has announced his departure from the Association, effective March 2, 2022.
AGTA has been under the leadership of Hucker for the past 24 years. Hucker came to AGTA after serving as President and partner of The Registry
Ltd., a firm specializing in antique and estate jewelry. With an extensive background in colored gemstones and education, he is noted for launching many careers in the jewelry industry with his guidance and insight into the many facets of the trade.
AGTA has grown to become the leader in colored gemstone sales, education, designer brand recognition and the most important annual gem trade show in the world, the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson. The additions of the Las Vegas Gem and Jewelry Show to AGTA and The Hard Rock Summit in Denver
to the line-up in 2021, has further accented sales and AGTA’s commitment to its members for quality trade show opportunities and new clients.
Hucker helped put the AGTA brand to work in many areas of global education and important business practices such as gemstone treatment disclosure, origin importance, affiliation with groups such as CIBJO, the Women’s Jewelry Association, the Gemological Institute of America, Gem-A, Platinum Guild
International, the Diamond Council of America and Jewelers of America, to name just a few. These partnerships have strengthened the core mission of AGTA through the years to effectively communicate with the members, who place their trust in AGTA to always uphold ethical business practices.
“As more than two decades of service ends with Doug’s departure, we know there will be stories recollected for years to come of his involvement in the colored gemstone industry and all who have encountered him on personal and professional matters. He is a respected friend to many, and his leadership will be remembered as AGTA moves into the next phase of growth and development,” said Kimberly Collins, AGTA President. “The AGTA Board of Directors wishes Doug and his family good health, prosperity and the best for their future endeavors.”
The AGTA Board of Directors will begin the process of selecting a CEO soon. All inquiries, questions or pending business matters should be referred to Kimberly Collins, President, who will serve as the interim CEO.
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.