Monumental decisions about the future of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America were made last week at its 97th annual meeting in Providence, RI. MJSA members voted to expand the association's membership to include international jewelry manufacturers and suppliers, and members elected Babette Goodman-Cohen of I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Co. as chairman.
The expansion of membership comes as an amendment to MJSA's by-laws, which previously didn't allow foreign companies membership. "This amendment responds to MJSA's greater involvement in the integrated global economy," says MJSA President and CEO James F. Marquart. "It also gives the association greater leverage when negotiating for international trade practices."
Goodman-Cohen takes over as chairman, becoming the first female chairman in MJSA's history. She succeeds Peter Fuller, president of Fuller Box Co., who served as chairman for two years. Also at the meeting, members elected Reinhard Mackinger of Swarovski Crystal Components Ltd. and Richard V. Powers of Stern-Leach Co. to the board of directors. Board officers were also elected: Curtis A. Ley of B.A. Ballou & Co. was elected as first vice chair; Robert J. Wueste of Samuel Aaron International was elected as second vice chair; Gary Solomon of Princess Pride Creations was re-elected as secretary; and Michael Akkaoui of Tanury Industries was reelected as treasurer. Matthew Stuller of Stuller Settings and Phyllis Bergman of Mercury Ring Corp. were re-elected as board directors.
- by Julia M. Duncan