WJA Announces Nominees

May 16, 2003

WJA Announces Nominees

The Women's Jewelry Association has nominated 20 women in seven categories for its 20th Awards for Excellence gala to be held July 27, 2003, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the national organization.

The WJA Awards for Excellence recognize the accomplishments of women in the jewelry industry. Winners are selected by member ballots. "This year's event will be a celebration of these accomplished women as well as this milestone year in WJA's history," says Michelle Orman, who cochairs the dinner with her business partner, Jessica Milstein.

The 20th Awards for Excellence nominees are:

• Design: Cathy Carmendy of Cathy Carmendy; Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney Inc.; Robin Garin, Kwiat.

• Manufacturer/Dealer/Supplier/Jewelry/Gems/Metals: Norma Hass, ENH International Inc.; Elsa Martinez-Phillips, Roberto Martinez Inc.; Joy Toback-Galicki, Myron Toback Inc.

•Manufacturer/Dealer/Watches: Linda Malias Passaro, Montblanc (Ms. Passaro received over 94% of the nominations and been declared the winner by acclamation, according to WJA's Nominations Committee).

• Retail: Laurie Kirkman, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle; Marie Helene Morrow, Reinhold Jewelers, San Juan, PR; Laura Stanley, Stanley Jewelers Gemologists Inc., North Little Rock, AR.

• Sales & Marketing: Shirryl Bayless, JQ Publishing Inc.; Pat Henneberry, JCK; Diane Mattioli, Vogue Magazine; Caroline Stanley, Red Jewel Inc.

• Editorial/Reporting/Publishing: Ellyn Chestnut, Elle; Amber Michelle, Rapaport Diamond Report; Heather Bracher Severs, Town & Country .

• Special Services & Education: Bev Hori, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle; Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International; Charlotte Preston, Charlotte Preston Catalysts.

The "WJA Hall of Fame" award winner, Juell Kadet, of Rogers & Holland Jewelers, was announced last month. That award is designated by the WJA Board of Directors and is the only one announced prior to the event.

Sponsors for the Awards for Excellence include, at the Platinum Level: ABN Amro Bank; EGL USA; LID Ltd.; Rosy Blue Inc.; Tiffany & Co. At the Silver Level: Cartier; Johnson Matthey; M. Fabrikant & Sons; Platinum Guild International. At the Bronze Level: Amikam/Paras; Graff Jewelers; Impex/Jewlex; Kerwin Communications; Kwiat; Leo Schachter-World Diamondaire; Prestige Jewelry International; VNU Exposition; and Vicenza Trade Fair.

The Awards dinner includes a silent auction that supports the WJA Scholarship Fund. Tickets for the event are $210 for members and $250 for non-members. For more information about the WJA Awards dinner, tickets, sponsorship opportunities or participating in the silent auction, call WJA at (973) 575-7190.

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