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JNA Awards Honorees Revealed

There are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HONG KONG — The JNA Awards, organized by Informa Markets, unveiled its list of honorees across 11 categories for its eighth edition.

In 2019, there are almost 100 high-quality entries from 15 countries and regions.

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Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards and director of business development for the Jewelry Group at Informa Markets, said, “Of the 39 Honoree companies that were shortlisted, almost half of them are first-time entrants, indicating a growing interest among quality companies who recognize the importance of this platform. We have also received a record number of entries from Thailand, second in ranking together with India and Hong Kong, reflecting the importance of this market which has been traditionally modest about its accomplishment.”

The 2019 independent judging panel consists of industry experts: James Courage, former CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former chairman of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC); Albert Cheng, former managing director of World Gold Council, Far East (WGC); Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Nirupa Bhatt, managing director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) India and Middle East; Yasukazu Suwa, chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.; and Mark Lee, research director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS).

Courage said, “The quality of this year’s entries, along with its diversity in terms of size, type and geography, are worth noting. Despite facing challenges, the industry – through these entries – showed its focus and determination when it comes to investing in innovation, operating systems and consumer research.”

Cheng said, “Just like in the last seven years, Industry Innovation of the Year proved to be the most popular category. The Young Entrepreneur Honorees – whose credentials, professionalism and innovativeness reflect on their outstanding businesses – are equally impressive.”

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Lin said, “It is surprising and inspiring to know that nearly 100 entries were received – more than half of which are from first-time entrants. The influence and credibility of the JNA Awards is beyond question. It will be a rewarding journey for everyone involved.”

“Having worked with the JNA Awards since 2013, I noticed that the judging process grows more difficult as the entries reach new heights and push the boundaries of excellence year after year,” Bhatt said.

Suwa said, “Entrants to the JNA Awards vary from very big corporations to small ones. I kept in mind to judge them based on their mission and the long-term good they have been doing for people, regardless of the company’s size.”

Lee stated, “The JNA Awards continues to strengthen its role as an excellent platform to showcase the industry’s progress and success. The entries, particularly in the areas of innovation and marketing, are truly impressive.”

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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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