JA Elects New Chairman

August 21, 2001

JA Elects New Chairman

Carolyn Pope of Crews Jewelry in Grandview, MO, was elected chairman of the board of Jewelers of America at a board of directors meeting in New York City July 28. Pope is the first woman to hold this position at JA. "I feel very honored to be elected as Chairman of JA," Pope says. "I feel that as an independent owner of a single store operation I am a true representative of the majority of our members. My store has all the same concerns and needs as most of the JA membership."

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

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

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

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

- by Julia M. Duncan