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American Gem Trade Association Announces Board of Directors’ Officers

President Collins, re-elected Jaimeen Shah and new board directors began their three-year terms.




(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX — The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announces the new officers of the board of directors:

  • President: Kimberly Collins, Kimberly Collins Colored Gems
  • 1st Vice President: David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd.
  • 2nd Vice President: Jaimeen Shah, Prima Gems USA, LLC
  • Secretary: Ann Barker, Barker & Co., Inc.
  • Treasurer: John Ford, The Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford

The vice presidents, secretary and treasurer were elected during the AGTA Board of Directors meeting in Tucson, in accordance with the AGTA Bylaws. President Collins, re-elected Jaimeen Shah and new board directors Dudley Blauwet, Dudley Blauwet Gems; Matthew Hopkins, Hopkins Opal and Eric Yen, Yen’s Jewelry & Accessories began their three-year terms. Ruben Bindra moved into the past president position.

The following Members will continue with their positions on the board:

  • Renata Abrahami
  • Jonathan Gad
  • Rohan Agrawal
  • Douglas Hucker
  • John Bradshaw
  • Shiksha Naheta
  • Evan Caplan
  • Shekhar Shah

The AGTA Board of Directors holds elections on a rotating cycle to guarantee the coherence of the Board’s long-term plans. For more information, contact or 800-972-1162.



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