(NEW YORK) – The Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) will host its Annual Luncheon at the Harmonie Club in New York on January 9, and will honor two individuals for outstanding assistance to the safety and security of the jewelry industry.
At the Luncheon JSA will present the 11th Annual Industry Service Award to David J. Sexton, Vice President for Loss Prevention Consulting at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company. Sexton is one of the leading experts in the U.S. on loss prevention for jewelers, and serves on the Boards of JSA, Jewelers Vigilance Canada, and on the Security Systems Council of Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
In addition, Sexton has been the point person at Jewelers Mutual for 30 years involving the relationship between Jewelers Mutual and JSA. During that entire period Jewelers Mutual has paid JSA dues for all their commercial policyholders, and Sexton has worked closely with JSA in developing loss prevention strategies, projects and presentations.
John Kennedy, President of JSA said, “David has one of the sharpest and most experienced minds in jewelry loss prevention, and is the first person JSA turns to in order to discuss difficult issues involving preventing crimes against jewelers. JSA could never be as strong as it is today without his help and the partnership of the great company he works for.”
JSA will also present the 17th Annual James B. White Award to Senior Special Agent James K. Liscinsky of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Liscinsky is being honored for outstanding work involving jewelry-related cases, including an intense and far-reaching investigation resulting in the arrest and conviction of eight gang members working out of Virginia who carried out at least 15 violent robberies of traveling jewelry salespersons in six states with losses totaling at least $46 million. There was also a recent guilty plea by a New York jeweler who served as a fence and laundered money for the gang.
Kennedy said, “This is the first time JSA has honored an agent from ATF, and the diamond, jewelry and watch industry is deeply appreciative of Jim’s help in making the industry safer, and his agency’s outstanding work and commitment.”
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance is a non-profit trade association providing crime prevention information and services to the jewelry industry. JSA, founded in 1883, has 20,000 member locations and works closely with the FBI and law enforcement agencies.