New York, NY--Jewelers for Children has named two new directors to its board and re-elected 17 sitting board members, including Debra Puzio (image), founder and creative director of StarLuxe Branding, LLC, who will continue as board chair for 2020-2021, along with all current officers.
“Serving as board chair through this very challenging year has truly shown me just how beloved Jewelers for Children is in our great industry, said Puzio. The support from our donors has been amazing helping to ensure we will be helping children in need for many years to come.”
Officers re-elected for one-year terms are John White, Balfour, vice-president for charity programs; Jeffrey Cohen, Citizen Watch America, vice-president for fundraising; Howard Hauben, H2 Events/Centurion Jewelry Show, vice-president for special programs; Alan Zimmer, Reeds Jewelers, vice-president marketing and public relations; Bill Luth, Signet Jewelers, Ltd., secretary; and Charles Stanley, Forevermark USA, treasurer. Pam Mortensen, J.C Penney, continues as immediate past chair and chair of the nominating committee.
Brittney Zimmer of Reeds Jewelers in Wilmington, NC, and Gus Garcia of Bottom Line Marketing, with offices in Michigan, Colorado and Florida, were both elected to three-year terms as directors.
12 directors were re-elected to additional three-year terms: Debbie Azar, Gemological Science International; Chad Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Katherine Bodoh, American Gem Society; Catherine Coquillard, Coquillard Consulting; Jack Gabriel, Gabriel & Co.; Mark Goldberg, Rolex Watch USA; Steven Kaiser, Kaiser Time; Sally Morrison, De Beers; Birain Parikh, Rosy Blue; Steven Vardi, Steven Vardi Inc.; and Steven Velasquez, American Exchange Group.
Five directors whose terms were up were asked to remain on the board for one additional year in light of the current situation created by the pandemic: Benny Hematian, Effy Group; Ezriel Rapaport, Rapaport; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds; Suzanne Adams, Assurant; and Eric Zuckerman, PAC Team Group.
“Having their support and input was determined to be too valuable during this time” added Puzio.
All current terms began on October 1, coinciding with the organization’s fiscal year.