Professional Jeweler Archive: Associations

October 2001

Professional Insider/In the Industry

JVC Debuts J-BAR for Appraisers

A not-for-profit organization for appraisers and users of appraisal professionals debuted July 31 at the JA International Jewelry Show. It’s called J-BAR, which stands for Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review.

The organization, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, is headed by Cecilia Gardner, JVC’s executive director and general counsel. A permanent board will be in place by December 2001. The interim advisory board consists of Ron Harder, president of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.; David Peters, director of education for Jewelers of America; Pattie Geolat, an independent appraiser; and Ann Blumer, representing State Farm Insurance Co., which writes jewelers insurance.

J-BAR is not meant to compete with existing appraisal organizations. Instead, it will serve as an impartial umbrella organization that can provide a forum to resolve disputes and support other appraisal groups. It also will articulate minimum standards and provide education. “We will help the untrained understand they need education to be appraisers and that they are taking on a potential liability when they write appraisals,” says Gardner.

The organization will offer the industry an appraisal methodology system, a legal standard and streamlined general appraisal practices, according to a fact sheet. Its focus will be understanding and following the law as it applies to jewelry appraisals and related services.

Interested parties can join J-BAR’s e-mail list by sending an e-mail address to or by calling JVC at (212) 997-2002. The Web site is

– by Peggy Jo Donahue

JA Elects New Chairman

Carolyn Pope of Crews Jewelry, Grandview, MO, is the new chairman of the board of Jewelers of America, the first woman to serve in the position. “As an independent owner of a single store, I am a true representative of the majority of our members,” says Pope. “My store has all the same concerns and needs as most of the JA membership.”

Pope has served on the board of directors of the Missouri Jewelers & Watchmakers Association since 1988 and was president in 1994. She is a member of the Women’s Jewelry Association, the board of the Jewelry Information Center and the honorary board of the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children. She’s been on the JA Board of Directors since 1994 and is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her store this year.

Alan Zimmer of Reeds Jewelers, Wilmington, NC, was named chair-elect. John Cohen of Carlyle & Co. Jewelers, Greensboro, NC, and Clayton Bromberg of Underwood Jewelers Corp., Jacksonville, FL, were elected vice chairs. John Green of Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, CT, was named treasurer. Susan Jacques of Borsheim Jewelry Co., Omaha, NE, was named secretary.

JA also welcomed four new board members: Robert J. DiNicola of Zale Corp., Irving, TX; Georgie Gleim of Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, CA; Michael Parker of Michael’s Fine Jewelry Ltd., Aiea, HI; and Alan Rodriguez of House of Stones, New Philadelphia, OH.

Five board members were reelected to three-year terms: Terry Burman of Sterling, Akron, OH; Joseph Hagan of Jewelry Creations, Dover, NH; William Merkley of Merkley-Kendrick Jewelers, Louisville, KY; Raimie H. Weber of George Fillmore Goldsmiths & Jewelers, Canton, CT; and Richard White of Ed White Jewelers, Cullman, AL.

The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California named Robert Bridel, executive director of the American Gem Society, as the recipient of its 2001 Excellence in Service Award. This is only the fourth time the club has given the award, its highest honor. Bridel will receive the award at a ceremony in conjunction with the club’s fall dinner dance Oct. 13. Bridel is a board member of the California Jewelers Association and the Jewelers 24K Club of Southern California, an executive committee member of the Jeweler’s Charity Fund and a member of the Rotary Club, the Women’s Jewelry Association, the JCK Jewelry Show Steering Committee and the 24K Club/GIA Career Fair Steering Committee.

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