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Boulle to Debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans with DC Racing

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(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX —  Former Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Champion, Nick Boulle — of de Boulle, an independent jewelry salon in Dallas and Houston, has been confirmed as part of Jackie Chan DC Racing’s lineup for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Boulle will join David Cheng, who claimed his first Le Mans podium as a member of the #37 crew twelve months ago, and Pierre Nicolet at the wheel of the team’s No. 33 Ligier JS P217 Gibson. Reigning IMSA Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will join Come Ledogar and former Le Mans GTE-Am class winner David Heinemeier Hansson at the wheel of the team’s No. 34 Ligier JS P217 Gibson, which is one of the Chinese team’s two auto-invite entries that will be operated by OAK Racing.

“To say that I am excited to be racing with Jackie Chan DC Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is an understatement,” exclaimed Boulle. “Le Mans has a huge place in racing history and is one of the greatest single sporting events there is – period.”

This will mark Boulle’s first start in the French endurance classic. Sixty cars along with their drivers have been officially confirmed for this June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit De La Sarthe. The race’s most competitive class, LMP2, features a mix of 20 Dallara, Oreca and Ligier cars, which Boulle will drive, each competing with 600 horsepower Gibson Technology 4.2L V-8 engines.

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“The Circuit de La Sarthe circuit is daunting to say the least and it has a huge amount of history, but the team around me has experience that will be invaluable as I settle in.”

The Chinese racing team ascends from the astonishing victory and second place in LMP2 class and a double-overall-podium finish at Circuit de La Sarthe in last year’s race. Despite the disappointment of missing the 2017 FIA WEC championship title at the showdown in 6 Hours of Bahrain, the team strongly fought back at the 2017-18 Asian Le Mans Series clinching titles in both LMP2 and LMP3 class, which contributed to the two additional invitation for the imminent 24-hour race, on 16-17 June.

“I think the Ligier JS-P217 has made leaps & bounds with their Le Mans aero package for this race as well. Looking forward to having a good result for Jackie Chan DC Racing and representing in this racing classic.”

To make Boulle’s debut possible, de Boulle Motorsports partnered with several prominent companies: Concepta Labs, Dallas Auto Exchange, Hydro Carbon Exchange and Meridian 

Veterinary Capital. Boulle added, “I can’t wait to see what else this partnership leads to next.” In addition, to becoming a racing partner, the companies also receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of attending Le Mans with a VIP experience that only de Boulle could offer.

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Jewelers Mutual named to 2019 Ward’s 50

The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period from 2014-18.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI – Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been named to the 2019 list of Ward’s 50 top performing insurance companies, marking the ninth consecutive year for this recognition. The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period from 2014-18.

“Our team at Jewelers Mutual continues to look for ways to strengthen and evolve our business,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Being among those recognized to Ward’s 50 for another year is an honor.”

The list of Ward’s 50 top performing insurance companies was released on July 17 by Ward Group, an Aon Hewitt company and the leading provider of operational and compensation benchmarking and best practices services for insurance companies.

To develop its annual list of the top 50 performing insurance companies, Ward Group analyzes the financial performance of nearly 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and 800 life-health insurance companies domiciled in the United States and identifies the top performers in each segment based on objective data and subjective quality measures. Each company has passed all safety and consistency screens and achieved superior performance over the five years analyzed.

A complete list of the 2019 Ward’s 50 companies for property-casualty is located at WardInc.com.

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Industry Executives Convene for GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School

It was held June 24 to 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School (HBS), held June 24 to 27, brought together senior gem and jewelry executives for a custom four-day curriculum led by world class professors and based on the renowned HBS case study method. This year’s class, the largest in the six-year history of the program, explored exciting case studies focused on innovation and discussed how to apply the lessons from those cases to the challenges facing the global gem and jewelry industry. The exceptional group of leaders represented the broad scope and diversity of the industry.

“This unique program creates an opportunity for thought-leaders to candidly discuss new ideas and approaches to their day-to-day work and long-term goals,” said Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO. “This program, now in its sixth year, is a direct extension of our renowned education heritage.”

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The GIA Global Leadership Program focuses on new research and best practices to deliver actionable insights. Upon successful completion of the program, participants were awarded a certificate from the Harvard Business School.

GIA, in conjunction with HBS, initiated the program in 2014. The goal of the four-day residential program is to bring together global leaders from different sectors of the gem and jewelry industry to examine issues faced by international businesses, and apply the lessons learned in other industries to their own businesses. The program also provides an unparalleled networking opportunity for senior executives, building bridges between different sectors of the global gem and jewelry supply chain.

GIA will hold its next Global Leadership Program at Harvard from June 22-25, 2020. Participation is limited and by invitation only.

For press inquiries, please contact Nellie Barnett at nbarnett@gia.edu or +1 760-603-4184.

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Frederick Goldman’s Jewelry Solutions Group Taps Two Industry Professionals

They bring extensive experience to the company.

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John Badee and Donna DeLucia

(PRESS RELEASE) SECAUCUS, NJ – Frederick Goldman’s recently formed Jewelry Solutions Group has added Donna DeLucia, as senior director of technical sales, and John Badee as director of manufacturing and engineering.

Donna DeLucia, formerly of John C. Nordt and LeachGarner, brings extensive product knowledge and an ability to forge deep customer relationships for Frederick Goldman, Inc.

John Badee, formerly general manager at Riva Precision, a well-regarded high-end manufacturer of cast and machined products, will strengthen Goldman’s manufacturing capabilities as it continues to grow its On Demand and OEM business through the Jewelry Solutions Group.

“We are extremely fortunate to retain John and Donna as we expand our On Demand and OEM customer base and product offering,” commented Jonathan Goldman, chairman and CEO of Frederick Goldman, Inc. “This is a fast-growing segment of our business that has been universally, and enthusiastically, accepted by our customers. Quick-make, inventory light, high-quality, and on demand products satisfies the needs of all retailers today. We look forward to great things from Donna and John as the Jewelry Solutions Group scales under the leadership of our COO, John Orrico.”

For inquiries about the Jewelry Solutions Group, please email JSG@FGoldman.com.

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