The strategic direction of Jewelers of America is advised by executives who represent the diverse fine jewelry marketplace – from multi-generation jewelry store owners to executives of national jewelry chains and luxury brands. A common thread among them is their passion for the jewelry industry and its continued success. Each of their companies adheres to Jewelers of America's Code of Professional Practices through a commitment to professionalism and ethical business practices.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


John Henne

John Henne – Chairman

Owner, Henne Jewelers; Pittsburgh, PA
John Henne understands the intricacies of family business, running a fourth generation jewelry store that has been serving its community since 1887. Henne Jewelers' quality custom design and service garnered it the title of "Best Jewelry Store" by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
 
Holly Wesche

Holly Wesche – Chair-Elect

Owner, Wesche Jewelers; Melbourne, FL
Holly’s family opened Wesche Jewelers 40 years ago. Under her leadership, it’s grown into one of the largest independent jewelry stores in Florida. She is a Past President of the Florida Jewelers Association, has served on the Board of the Leading Jewelers of the World and has been a Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Member for over 9 years.
 
Marc Bridge

Marc Bridge – Vice Chair

VP - Marketing, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Seattle, WA
Marc is a member of the fifth generation leading his family’s chain of over 80 jewelry stores in the Western United States and Canada. Marc has led the company’s foray into digital marketing, social media and e-commerce.
 
Cathy Tivol

Cathy Tivol – Vice Chair

CEO, TIVOL; Kansas City, MO
Cathy oversees TIVOL’s two jewelry stores, including their marketing and merchandising directions. The Tivol family business, which Cathy’s grandfather founded in 1910, exhibits ethical business practices, a passion for quality merchandise and excellent customer service.
 
Robert F. Moeller II

Robert F. Moeller II – Treasurer

President & Director of Sales, R.F. Moeller Jeweler, St. Paul, MN
Robert grew up in the jewelry industry, and he now oversees the jewelry store his father founded. He has extensive gemology experience and is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and an AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser.
 
Coleman Clark

Coleman Clark – Secretary

President, BC Clark Jewelers; Oklahoma City, OK
Coleman’s jewelry store, BC Clark Jewelers, has been family owned and operated since 1892. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and an AGS Certified Gemologist.
 
Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg – Past Board Chair

Market President, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; San Antonio, TX
Ryan and his two brothers help oversee the family business his parents founded in 1978. Ryan is the Market President of Lee Michaels’ Texas operations, including multiple locations in San Antonio, and also oversees their store in Lafayette, LA.
 

2017-2018 DIRECTORS

Mercedes Abramo

Mercedes Abramo

President & CEO, Cartier North America; New York, NY
At Cartier North America, Mercedes oversees strategy and operations including 35 boutiques, an e-commerce boutique and over 150 specialty retailers. She has held management positions with Tiffany & Co., Ritz Carlton Hotels and Loews Miami Beach.
 
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Mike Alexander

Senior Vice President of Commercial Lines,
Jewelers Mutual; Neenah, WI
Mike joined Jewelers Mutual in 2015, overseeing all aspects of commercial lines operations and sales. Prior this role, he was the Senior Vice President of National Sales and Strategy at National General Insurance. He also serves on the board for the YMCA of the Fox Cities.
 
Cathy Calhoun

Cathy Calhoun

Owner, Calhoun Jewelers; Royersford, PA
A self-proclaimed “Gem Hunter,” Cathy’s passion for fine jewelry has helped Calhoun Jewelers become the largest jewelry store in its community. She is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and an AGS Certified Gemologist Appraiser.
 
Jenny Caro

Jenny Caro

Co-Owner, Jewelry By Designs; Woodbridge, VA
In 1989, Jenny and her husband opened Jewelry By Designs, a full-service, independent jewelry store offering engagement rings, custom designed jewelry, repairs and appraisals. She is the current Chair of the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC).
 
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Ronda Daily

President & CEO, Bremer Jewelry; Peoria, IL
Ronda currently owns and operates Central Illinois' premier jewelry stores in Peoria and Bloomington. She is an AGS Registered Jeweler and GIA Graduate Gemologist, with multi-faceted experience in retail sales and finance, marketing and advertising.
 
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Peter Engel

President, Fred Meyer Jewelers; Portland, OR
Peter has been president of Fred Meyer Jewelers since 2005 and began his career with the company in 1981. Fred Meyer Jewelers is the second largest fine jewelry company in the U.s., with 310 stores in 30 states. Peter is also on the boards of Diamond Council of America and Jewelers for Children, among others.
 
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Elise Greenberg

CEO, Greenberg’s Jewelers; Sioux City, IA
Elise is CEO of her family's jewelry store, which was founded in 1900 and is now in its third generation of ownership. Elise has extensive experience in financial management and accounting.
 
Karen Goracke

Karen Goracke

President & CEO, Borsheims, Omaha, NE
Karen’s long-tenured career with Borsheims, a Berkshire Hathaway company, began in 1988. Holding different roles across the company gives her a broad retail background and knowledge of the worldwide jewelry industry.
 
Efraim Grinberg

Efraim Grinberg

Chairman & CEO, Movado Group, Inc., Paramus, NJ
Efraim is Chairman & CEO of Movado Group, Inc., the world-renowned watch company. He has dedicated more than 20 years to building a global enterprise for its brands: Movado, EBEL, Concord, Coach, HUGO BOSS, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Scuderia Ferrari. Efraim was born in Havana, Cuba, and is a graduate of Brown University.
 
Simon Katz

Simon Katz

Owner, Simons Jewelers, St. Louis, MO
Simon founded Simons Jewelers in 1976. Simons Jewelers specializes in designer jewelry, diamonds, precious gems and fine watches. Married with four children, Simon is active in the community, supporting numerous local charities. His business philosophy is simple: treat people with respect, provide excellent value and never compromise on service.
 
Charles Kuba

Charles Kuba

Owner, Iowa Diamond; West Des Moines, IA
Charles (Chuck) comes from a family of jewelers, and he founded Iowa Diamond in 1999. He is an expert in high-demographic marketing and has a diverse career that spanned advertising, publishing and even opera. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, a DCA Certified Diamontologist and a JA Certified Senior Management Professional.
 
Joseph Molfese

Joseph Molfese

Owner, Bella Cosa Jewelers, Willowbrook, IL
Joseph, along with his wife Amy, established Bella Cosa Jewelers in December of 2000 in Willowbrook, IL.  After eight years, the store doubled in size and added a state of the art custom design department. Joseph is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, and his specialties include estate jewelry and fancy colored diamonds.
 
Steve Padis

Steve Padis

Owner, Padis Jewelry; San Francisco, CA
Steve has over 40 years in the jewelry business. Steve and his wife Judy have grown Padis Jewelry since its founding in 1974 from a wholesale supplier and manufacturer to a premiere engagement ring destination in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Matthew Rosenheim

Matthew Rosenheim

President, Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, D.C.
Matthew has helped his family grow Tiny Jewel Box, a three-generation jewelry business, into an iconic Washington institution and internationally renowned jeweler. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and a member of Gen Next Jewelers, the Centurion Jewelry Show Advisory Board and the Young President’s Organization.
 
Craig Rottenberg

Craig Rottenberg

President, Long's Jewelers, Boston, MA
Craig is a fourth-generation jeweler and grew up in the business at his family’s jewelry stores. After college, Craig earned an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and spent 10 years outside the industry before taking the helm at Long’s in 2004 as President. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, New England Chapter.
 
Lane Schiffman

Lane Schiffman

Co-Owner, Schiffman’s, Greensboro, NC
Schiffman’s is a family-owned jewelry chain established in 1893. Lane acts as the company’s director of marketing and advertising and director of fine timepiece merchandising. He is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS Certified Gemologist.
 
Steve Velasquez

Steve Velasquez

CEO, Bailey Banks & Biddle; Austin, TX
Steve Velasquez has over 24 years of experience in the jewelry industry. He began as a store manager at Barry’s Jewelers in 1993 and has gone on to serve jewelry stores big and small in many roles in management, advertising and operations.
 
Betsy Wolgemuth

Betsy Wolgemuth

Co-Owner, Koser Jewelers, Mount Joy, PA
Since 1988, Betsy has been hands-on with Koser Jewelers’ marketing, merchandising, design and customer service. She is a GIA Graduate Gemologist and an IJO Master Graduate Gemologist.
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