(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has announced new additions to its staff and strategic changes to current departments.
The association has hired Matthew Tratner as Director of Membership & Sales. In this newly created position, Tratner will oversee the operations of the Membership Department, including membership development and retention. Tratner brings to JA a background in jewelry sales that gives him an understanding of the needs and challenges of both JA’s retail and supplier members. Previously, he was COO and Partner at GemsAround.com, a designer jewelry e-commerce website, where his responsibilities included overseeing production and developing relationships with designer brands. Prior to that, he spent seven years in sales and operations at Maya J Diamond Jewelry, a New York-based diamond jewelry manufacturer. Tratner is also a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional.