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Monday, March 11, 2013

Ronnie VanderLinden New DMIA President - New Board Installed

DMIA elects Ronnie VanderLinden as new president, 
installs new Executive Board and Board of Directors 


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Ronnie VanderLinden

Members of the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA) installed a new board and appointed new directors during the DMIA's General Membership meeting on March 5th. Ronald (Ronnie) VanderLinden was elected president, stepping in the shoes of Ronald (Ronny) Friedman who served as DMIA president for the past nine years.

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Ronny Friedman

Friedman thanked the DMIA members for the support and trust he received during his nine year term. "I've thoroughly enjoyed serving as DMIA president," he said "However, it is time to pass on the baton and I am certain Ronnie VanderLinden will do a great job."
Newly elected president Ronnie VanderLinden said it had been a privilege to work side by side with Ronny Friedman during the past years. "It is my intention to serve the DMIA members the best I can and continue the board's efforts to generate as much as possible added value for the membership at large," he stated.    

Addressing Ronny Friedman, he said: "Be assured we will be calling up on you, now you that you're immediate past president. We're not letting you slip away that easily. We'll be needing your input and contribution."  

Following is the make-up of the new executive board and board of directors:

Executive Board:
President                             Ronald VanderLinden
Vice President                     Sheldon Kwiat
Vice President                     Fred Knobloch
Vice President                     Hertz Hasenfeld
Vice President                     Saul Goldberg
Vice President                     Eli Haas
Secretary                             Stuart Samuels
Treasurer                            Parag Shah

Board of Directors
Steve Eisen                         Marvin Finker
Ishaia Gol                            Suzette Gomes
Manny Gordon                   Jay Greenberg
Stan Grosssbard                 Tom Heyman
Daniel Kaleko                      Moishe Klein
Daniel Klugman                  Melissa Kulhanhian
Alan Rehs                            Charles Rosario
Matthew Schamroth         Michael Verstandig


Ex officio
Ben Kinzler  - General Counsel
Rick Cohen -  Director of Communications 






The Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America (DMIA), established in 1931, is the leading organization of America's premier diamond manufacturers, importers and dealers. Its mission is to promote the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and professionalism in the American marketplace. DMIA is among the leaders in addressing domestic and world diamond industry issues, and acts as a representative of the American diamond industry with other industry organizations and government bodies. DMIA is dedicated to the advancement and assurance of consumer confidence in diamonds and diamond jewelry.     http://dmia.net/
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