Events & Awards

Lisa Bridge Takes Over as President of AGS Board

Events & AwardsApr 29, 2022

Lisa Bridge Takes Over as President of AGS Board

She succeeds Underwood Jewelers’ Michael Richards, who completed his term.

Lisa Bridge was elected president of the American Gem Society’s International Board of Directors for 2022-2023. Leading alongside her as president-elect is Alexis Padis, president of Padis Jewelry.
Oklahoma City—On the final day of Conclave 2022 in Oklahoma City, members of the American Gem Society elected new board members for 2022-2023, including a new board president.

Ben Bridge Jeweler CEO Lisa Bridge, CG, takes over as president, succeeding Underwood Jewelers’ Michael Richards, who completed his term.

Padis Jewelry President Alexis Padis, CGA, is the board’s new president-elect.

Joining Bridge and Padis on AGS’s International Board of Directors are the following.

Secretary and chair, Gemological Sciences Committee: Bryan Moeller, CGA
Senior advisor: William Farmer Jr.
Treasurer and chair, Finance, Audit & Legal Committee: Larry Rickert
Chair, AGS Laboratories Advisory Committee: John Carter, CGA
Chair, Young Titleholders Committee: Maria Brown, RJ
Chair, Membership Committee: Mitchell Clark, CG
Chair, International Guilds Council: Amanda Coleman-Phelps, CGA
Chair, Education Committee: Sarah Person, CG
Chair, Conclave Subcommittee: Denise Richards, CGA
Director-at-Large: Sarin Bachmann
Director-at-Large: Rick Beckett, RJ
Director-at-Large: Ryan Berg, CG
Director-at-Large: Jamie Luce
Director-at-Large: Kevin Mays, CGA
Director-at-Large: Niveet Nagpal, CG

In addition to outgoing board president Richards, Marc Altman, CGA; Scott Murphy; Sarah Nanasi Russell, CG; and Scott Udell completed their terms on the board. 

“A tremendous thank you to Michael Richards for his many years of service to the American Gem Society and particularly for his devoted leadership during the last two unprecedented years,” Bridge said. 

“I also would like to thank the outgoing board members for their efforts on behalf of the American Gem Society. They each made an impact with their thoughtful participation, strategic insight, and dedication to our society.”

The next AGS Conclave is scheduled for May 1-3, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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