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Rebecca Foerster Elected Chair of JVC Board of Directors

MajorsJan 24, 2024

Rebecca Foerster Elected Chair of JVC Board of Directors

In addition, the organization will honor Matt Stuller with the Stanley Schechter Award at its upcoming luncheon.

Rebecca Foerster
Hearts On Fire North America President Rebecca Foerster will serve as chair of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s board for the 2024-2026 term.
New York—The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has appointed new board officers for the 2024-2026 term, with Rebecca Foerster taking over as board chair.

Foerster is president of Hearts On Fire North America, a position she has held since May 2022.

Prior to that, she was president of Alrosa North America from January 2019 until the closure of that office in March 2022.

Foerster also served as the former senior vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Leo Schachter Diamonds; oversaw diamond sales and marketing as vice president for Rio Tinto’s U.S. office; and was the vice president of marketing at Frederick Goldman.   

She served as president of Diamonds Do Good (DDG) for four years and currently is on the DDG executive committee as head of global partnerships.

“I am extremely honored and excited about my new role with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee,” Foerster said.

“The importance of this organization and the role it plays to support every part of our supply chain to make sure we are aware of significant issues and changes, to protect us and make sure we are compliant with ever-changing rules and legislation, has never been more relevant than today.”

Joining Foerster on the board are past Chair Jenny Luker, president of Platinum Guild International USA; First Vice President Julie Yoakum, president and chief brand merchant at Helzberg Diamonds; Second Vice President Michael Richards, vice president and chief operating officer at Underwood Jewelers in Jacksonville, Florida; Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Mark Goldberg, chief financial officer of Rolex Watch USA; and Secretary and Legal Action Committee Chair Lisa Wong Lackland, general counsel at Ben Bridge Jeweler.

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In addition, JVC recently announced the 2024 recipient of the Stanley Schechter Award will be Stuller Inc. founder, chairperson, and CEO Matt G. Stuller Sr.

Presented annually, the Stanley Schechter Award goes to an individual who exemplifies industry ethics.

JVC said Stuller’s “visionary leadership” in the industry, which has spanned more than five decades, showcases “an unwavering commitment to integrity.”

In addition, his philanthropic endeavors, including The Stuller Family Foundation, Parish Proud, and Love Our Schools, highlight his commitment to the community around him.

JVC will honor Stuller at its annual luncheon, scheduled for Friday, March 8, at the Intercontinental Barclay hotel in New York.

It will begin at noon with a networking/cocktail hour. 

For more information, visit the JVC website.


Michelle Graffis the editor-in-chief at National Jeweler, directing the publication’s coverage both online and in print.

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