Jewelry Industry Summit

The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

The Open Forum on Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry

Feb 2019 - 3rd SUMMIT PLANNING

The Executive Committee manages the Jewelry Industry Summit with the help of the Finance, Marketing and Events Committees. Collectively these committees address the needs of Sustainable Funding, Summit Planning, Monitoring of Initiatives and Marketing.

The Executive Committee comprises:

Cecilia L. Gardner (Chair) , Mike Pace, Raymond Hakimi, Robert Bentley, Sarah Yood and Maggie Gabos.

There are four Sub-Committees. Finance: Robert Bentley (Chair) , Cecilia Gardner, Joel Borquist. Marketing: Mike Pace (Chair), Cecilia Gardner, Maggie Gabos, Annabel Britton, Vivien Johnston, Jared Holstein. Events: Cecilia Gardner (Chair), Anna Bario-Neal, Raymond Hakimi, Robert Bentley, Kevin Reilly, Maggie Gabos, Rebecca Shukan. There is also a Responsible Sourcing Standards Committee: Jared Holstein, Sara Yood, Joel Borquist, Mark Hannah, Brian Cook, Fred Knobloch, Susan Wheeler, Maggie Gabos.

We would love to hear from any parties interested in sponsoring the event, there are opportunities at all levels. To learn more about summit sponsorship opportunities, click here: http://www.jewelryindustrysummit.com/contribute/.

The Committees are hard at work planning the next Summit, scheduled for Feb 2nd and 3rd, 2019 in Tucson just prior to the AGTA GemFair which takes place from Feb 5th to 10th. Registration for the Summit will open shortly and will include entry to the GemFair.


January 2017 - 2ND SUMMIT PLANNING

Below is an alphabetized list (by last name) of those involved in the planning of the second Summit that was held January 29-30, 2017.

  • Jeff Bilgore - AGTA / Jeffrey Bilgore LLC

  • Cecilia Gardner, JVC

  • Cleo Zancope Gnatek, Jane Taylor Jewelry

  • Doug Hucker, AGTA

  • Christina Miller, Christina Tatiana Miller Consulting

  • Richard Nehls, LA Rocks

  • Mike Pace, Connected Jewelry

  • Sam Shiroff, Signet

  • Barbara Wheat, Gemalytics LLC / Natural Colored Diamond Association

Cheri Torres and Mike Feinson of Innovation Partners worked with us to design and facilitate the summit. To learn more about them: www.innovationpartners.com. Peggy Jo Donahue of Donahue Communications was the Summit PR writer.


March 2016 - SUMMIT PLANNING

Below is an alphabetized list (by last name) of those involved in the planning of the first Summit held March 11-13, 2016. 

  • Ann Arnold, BIG – Buyers Intelligence Group,

  • Lita Asscher, Royal Asscher

  • Anna Bario, Bario Neal

  • Robert Bentley, Robert Bentley Company

  • Mihir Bhansali, Firestar Diamond Inc.

  • Edward Boehm, Rare Source

  • David Bouffard, Signet Jewelers Ltd.

  • Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House, Inc.

  • Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler

  • Bruce Bridges, Bridges Tsavorite

  • Brandee Dallow, Rio Tinto Diamonds

  • Bill Farmer, Farmer’s Jewelry

  • Jeffrey Fischer, Fischer Diamonds, Inc.

  • Rebecca Foerster, Leo Schachter Diamonds, LLC

  • Karen Goracke, Borsheim’s

  • Stewart Grice, Hoover and Strong

  • Mark Hanna, Richline

  • Hayley Henning, True North Gems

  • Steve Hodgkins, Rolex USA.

The administrator for the 2016 Planning Committee is JVC.

Cheri Torres and Mike Feinson of Innovation Partners worked with the Planning Committee to design and facilitate the summit. They conducted interviews with diverse stakeholders to ensure the design reflected all voices, concerns and hopes across the Jewelry Industry. To learn more about them: www.innovationpartners.com. Peggy Jo Donahue of Donahue Communications provided planning assistance to assist Summit 2016 and 2017's PR efforts.