(NASHVILLE) – The Diamond Council of America (DCA) membership elected new members to their Board of Directors at their annual Board meeting in Las Vegas. Josh Weinman, Taché Diamonds was elected Chairman, Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers Chairman Elect, and Bud Fluty of Absolute Brilliance Secretary/Treasurer. Two new Directors were also elected to the DCA Board; David Peters, Director of Member Services, Jewelers of America, and Darrell Warren, Vice President of Tools and Fabricated Metals, Stuller, Incorporated. Mitch Maggart, Helzberg Diamonds moves to Past Chairman.
|Josh Weinman, Taché Diamonds, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Diamond Council of America.|
Josh Weinman is the President of Taché Diamonds, the United States diamond division of Taché, a premier DTC Sightholder based in Antwerp, Belgium. Josh joined Taché in 1994 in the capacity of diamond buyer traveling monthly to Antwerp, India, and Israel. Within five years he was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2004 Taché opened a flagship diamond office on 5th Avenue in the heart of New York City’s diamond district and Weinman was promoted to President of the diamond division. He is a Gen-Next Jewelers board executive member, and an active member of the American Gem Society amongst other industry organizations.
Peter Engel is President of Fred Meyer Jewelers, Inc. Founded in 1973; Fred Meyer Jewelers is the nation’s third largest fine jewelry company with 388 stores in 34 states, which includes 254 stores in malls and 134 inside the Fred Meyer multi-department stores, which are part of The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest grocery store chain. Fred Meyer Jewelers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred Meyer, Inc. Pete started with Fred Meyer Jewelers in 1981 as a Sales Associate. In 1986, he became a manager and in November of 1993, was promoted to Regional Supervisor. During the acquisition of Littman Jewelers in 1998, Peter was promoted to Vice President of Operations on the East Coast. In January of 2001, Peter moved to Portland, Oregon and assumed the position of Group Vice President of Store Operations. In March of 2005, Peter was promoted to President of Fred Meyer Jewelers.
|Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, was named Chairman Elect, for the Diamond Council of America.|
Pete plays an active role in the Oregon Chapter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Children and serves on the Board of Directors of Jewelers for Children. He is also on the Board of Advisors for VNU Expositions.
Bud Fluty is a partner and serves as Vice President of Sales/Marketing of Absolute Brilliance, Inc.
Upon graduation from the University of Florida, he entered the retail jewelry business in 1981. He was one of the youngest ever regional managers for Gordon’s Jewelers at age 25. As a 24 year veteran to the industry, he has served as the Director of Special Events for the Zale Corporation and currently oversees all Sales/Marketing/Training for Absolute Brilliance based in New York City.
He holds the Registered Supplier certificate from the AGS, is Diamond Certified by the DCA, and holds a wide variety of GIA certificates. Absolute Brilliance is a member of the JVC, JSA, DCA, and JIC.
Other members serving on the Diamond Council of America’s Board as Vice Presidents include Vicki Cunningham of Cunningham Fine Jewelry, Mary Ann Doran of Zale Corporation and Bruce Kenny of Sterling Jewelers. Other Directors on the board include Dan Casanova of Riddle’s Jewelry, Randy McCullough and Kate Peterson of Performance Concepts. Gerald Robbins of Robbins Diamonds serves as the Chairman Emeritus. President/CEO of Diamond Council of America, Terry Chandler, also serves as a Director.
|Terry Chandler, President – Diamond Council of America.|
The Diamond Council of America (DCA) was founded in 1944 as a forum to educate jewelry sales professionals about diamonds and gems. This not-for-profit organization provides the professional jeweler with an opportunity to earn certification in diamonds and gemstones, and gives salespeople the knowledge and training necessary to make them successful. Today, the DCA represents more than 4,900 jewelry stores and leading suppliers of diamonds and gems across the country.
Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the DCA is a leading educational organization for professional retail jewelry salespeople. Since the organization’s beginnings, it is estimated that well over 100,000 retail jewelry professionals have graduated from the DCA’s course offerings in the study of diamonds and colored gemstones.
The Diamond Council of America is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information about the Diamond Council of America, please call 615-385-5301, or visit their website at www.diamondcouncil.org.