AGTA News 

Contact:  Joyann Schalk June 27, 2007
AGTA Appoints Search Committee

Dallas, TX – June 27, 2007 – Rick Krementz, President of the American Gem Trade Association, has appointed a Search Committee to consider candidates for its Executive Director position.  The opportunity within the Association is a result of the recent resignation of Douglas K. Hucker.

The Chairman of the Committee is Omi Nagpal, Omi Gems.  Other members are Barbara Lawrence, Boston Gems and Findings, Inc.; Kambiz Sabouri, Gem 2000, Inc.; Joe Orlando, Stuller, Inc. and Sampat Poddar, Byrex Gems, Inc.  The Committee is compiling a new job description to incorporate the existing challenges and opportunities the Executive Director should expect to manage in this dynamic environment.

Omi Nagpal said, "We are excited about the new vision and brand that our Board of Directors has adopted. We expect our search to define the individual who can understand the complexities of our Association and the dynamic growth that is anticipated."  Interested persons may inquire by contacting Omi Nagpal at

The American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981.  The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority In Color" and has its headquarter office in Dallas, Texas and the world-renowned Gemological Testing Center in New York, New York.