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Jewelers for Children Announces Board of Director Elections

Alan Zimmer named as chair.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Jewelers for Children has completed its annual board of director elections and has added eight new directors and re-elected seven. Alan Zimmer, president and CEO of Reeds Jewelers in Wilmington, NC was elected as chair. He replaces Debra Puzio, founder and creative director of StarLuxe Branding, LLC who completed a two-year term as chair.

Officers elected for one-year terms are John White, vice-president for charity programs, Jeffrey Cohen, Citizen Watch America, vice-president for fundraising, Eric Zuckerman, Pac Team Group, vice-president for special programs, Jenny Luker, Platinum Guild International, vice-president marketing and public relations, Bill Luth, Signet Jewelers, Ltd., secretary and Charles Stanley, Forevermark USA, treasurer. Puzio will serve as immediate past chair and chair of the nominating committee.

“It’s an honor to serve as the chair of Jewelers for Children and continue the amazing work of this organization and our entire industry, said Zimmer. The support from our donors has been amazing helping to ensure we will be helping children in need for many years to come and following Debra who faced so many challenges during her term is truly humbling.”

New directors who were elected to three-year terms are Matthijs Braakman, Smartwork Media, Joe Corey, Day’s Jewelers, Brandee Dallow, SCS Global Services, Bobbi Hansen, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Roopam Jain, Jewelmark, Ajay Javeri, Diamour, Inc., Martin Rapaport, Rapaport and Dov Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds.

The seven directors who completed three-year terms and were elected to second terms are Theresia Dschida, Claire’s, Nathan Dweck, Jacmel Jewelry, Beth Gerstein, Brilliant Earth, Sheri Ihde, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Dave Meleski, Richline Group, Craig Rottenberg, Long’s Jewelers and Craig Stern, Rogers Enterprises.

All current terms began on October 1, coinciding with the organization’s fiscal year.




Time to Do What You've Always Wanted? Time to Call Wilkerson.

It was time. Teri Allen and her brother, Nick Pavlich, Jr., had been at the helm of Dearborn Jewelers of Plymouth in Plymouth, Mich., for decades. Their father, Nick Pavlich, Sr., had founded the store in 1950, but after so many wonderful years helping families around Michigan celebrate their most important moments, it was time to get some “moments” of their own. Teri says Wilkerson was the logical choice to run their retirement sale. “They’re the only company that specializes in closing jewelry stores,” she says. During the sale, Teri says a highlight was seeing so many generations of customers who wanted to buy “that one last piece of jewelry from us.” Would she recommend Wilkerson? Absolutely. “There is no way that I would have been able to do this by myself.”

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