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WJA Announces 2013 Awards For Excellence Honorees and Nominees

WJA’s 2013 Awards For Excellence Honorees and Nominees Announced

Deserving Women and Men in our Industry to be Honored at Annual Gala

The Women’s Jewelry Association named its Hall of Fame honorees for the association’s annual Awards of Excellence gala, to be held Monday, July 29, 2013, at Pier 60 on the
Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The three honorees are:
* Hall of Fame Award: Candy Udell, London Jewelers.
Candy Udell, who serves as president of London Jewelers, began her career there in 1973, the same year she married Mark Udell, son of Fran and Mayer Udell and grandson of Charles London, founder of the family business in 1926. London Jewelers is a Long Island, NY-based jewelry and watch retailer.

Through the years, Udell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including WJA’s Award for Excellence/Retail, Jeweler of the Year by the New York State Jewelers Association, and AGS Triple Zero Award.

* Ben Kaiser Award: Darwin Copeman, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Darwin Copeman is the president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Headquartered in Neenah, WI, Jewelers Mutual is the only insurance company in the U.S. and Canada that specializes exclusively in protecting the jewelry industry and individuals’ jewelry.

Copeman joined Jewelers Mutual in May 2009, bringing more than 30 years of insurance experience to the company. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Copeman has continued his education, earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

* Corporate Award: Standard Chartered Bank.

Standard Chartered PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services company
headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Despite its UK base, around 90% of its profits come from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Standard Chartered has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has secondary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.
“WJA is honored to have the opportunity to recognize three deserving recipients,” says Tryna Kochanek, president of the Women’s Jewelry Association.“These individuals and organizations have made substantial contributions to the jewelry industry, and they also embody WJA’s mission as an organization to empower women to reach their greatest potential.”

At the July 29th event, WJA also will present Awards for Excellence in retail, design, manufacturing/supplier, sales, marketing and communications,  editorial/reporting/publishing, and special services. 

The 2013 Nominees are:

CATEGORY I. DESIGN– Fine Jewelry & Watches 
1. Coomi –Coomi
2. Pamela Froman –Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
3. Irene Neuwirth –Irene Neuwirth, Inc.
4. Alex Woo –Alex Woo

1. Lita Asscher –Royal Asscher
2. Danielle Ingwer Cohen –Leo Ingwer, Inc.
3. Laurie Watt –Mayer & Watt

CATEGORY III. RETAIL –15 Doors or More 1. Linda Bridgewater –Fred Meyer
2. Vida Farwana –Saks Fifth Avenue
3. Patricia Watkins—Western Stone/Shane

CATEGORY IV. RETAIL –Fewer than 15 Doors 
1. Shannon Daly –Robbins Bros.
2. Cynthia Gould –Gould’s Diamonds and Jewelry
3. Ellen Lacy –Lacy’s
4. Joanne Teichman –Ylang23

CATEGORY V. RETAIL –Non-Traditional
1. Jessica Herrin –Stella & Dot
2. Angelina Chen –Circa
3. Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky –Bauble Bar
4. Aslaug Magnusdottir –Moda Operandi

1. Candace Edelman –Alex Sepkus, Inc.
2. Andrea Galella –Hermes of Paris   
 3. Amy Jackson –Fragments 
 4. Jennifer O. Calleri –MJ Christensen  

 1. Caryl Capeci –Hearts On Fire   
 2. Amanda Gizzi –Jewelers of America  
 3. Rebecca Moskal –Communique  

 1. Melissa Colgan –Martha Stewart Weddings  
 2. Michelle Graff –National Jeweler  
 3. Claudia Mata –W Magazine  
 4. Monica Stephenson –idazzle  

 1. Brenda Gamba –Jewelers Board of Trade  
 2. Debbie Hiss –Training Consultant  
 3. Kristie Nicolosi –The Kingswood Company  

Established in 1984, the WJA Annual Awards for Excellence dinner is one of the most well attended and highly anticipated events in the jewelry industry each year.

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