JBT Re-Elects Richard Katz as Board Chairman
As for new members, the organization welcomed Jewelers of America’s Annie Doresca and Parag Jain of Parag Diamonds.
Richard Katz, chief operating officer of Richline Group, once again was appointed chairman of the board, and will serve another one-year term.
Katz has volunteered on the board since 2008, bringing his experience in finance, operations, and leadership to the role.
“I'm honored to be elected for another one-year term as chairman of JBT. It is with pleasure to serve with some of the most dedicated individuals in the industry,” said Katz.
“Richard continues to bring great perspective to JBT’s strategies and operations,” said JBT President Erich Jacobs, who was also re-elected to his role as well as the role of treasurer.
The board also elected the following officers and directors to serve a one-year term.
Brian D. Fleming of Carla Corporation will serve as first vice-chairman while Jeffery Corey of H.E. Murdock Company Inc. (Day’s Jewelers) will be second vice-chairman.
Brenda M. Pimetal will continue to serve as secretary.
As for new members, the board elected Annie Doresca, chief financial officer of Jewelers of America, to join its ranks for a two-year term.
Doresca joined JA in 2008, and, prior to that, worked for several financial companies. She is also the co-founder and board president of the Black in Jewelry Coalition.
Also new to the board is Parag Jain of Parag Diamonds, who will serve a one-year term.
Jain has served as CEO of Paramount Gems since 2015. He also co-owns Paragems in Canada and Perfect Diamond Pvt. Ltd. in India, also serving as a board member for Fire & Ice Diamonds and A. Jaffe.
The following members were re-elected to the board for a two-year term.
• Matthijs Braakman, Retail Management Publishing Inc.
• Jeffery Corey, H. E. Murdock Company Inc.
• Brian D. Fleming, Carla Corporation
• Richard Katz, Richline Group
• Bryon Nelson, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
• Pinny Rubin, Quality Gold Inc.
The following board members will continue to serve their existing terms.
• Ann S. Arnold, Buyers International Group
• Ira Bergman, The Gordon Company
• Edward N. DeCristofaro, LDC Inc.
• Teresa Frye, Techform Advanced Casting Tech. LLC
• Roger H. Gesswein III, Paul H. Gesswein & Co.
• Keven Peck, Color Merchants Inc.
• Andrew Rickard, Rochester Diamonds and Gold Inc.
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