Contact:  Joyann Cooke January 16, 2008

American Gem Trade Association Announces Election of New Directors

Dallas, TX, January 16– The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced today the results of the 2008 elections for the AGTA Board of Directors. The new officers will serve three-year terms and will be introduced at the AGTA Membership Meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2008, in Tucson, Arizona.

Elections were held for Vice President, Secretary and three Director positions. The following officers were elected:

Vice President: Robert Bentley Robert Bentley Company, Inc.
Secretary: Betty Sue King King's Ransom
Director: Benjamin (BJ) Hackman Intercolor, Inc.
Director: Bill Larson Pala International, Inc.
Director: Gerry Manning Manning International, Inc.

The newly elected members of the Board will join the following Officers and Directors who are currently serving terms on the AGTA Board:

President: Barbara Lawrence Boston Gems and Findings, Inc.
Vice President: Omi Nagpal Omi Gems, Inc.
Secretary: Kambiz Sabouri Gem 2000, Inc.
Treasurer: Sampat Poddar Byrex Gems, Inc.
Director: Peter Bazar Imperial-Deltah, Inc.
Director: Eric Schwotzer Penn Gem International
Director: Glenn Lehrer Lehrer Designs
Director: Sushil Goyal Liberty Gems, Inc.
Director: John Bachman John M. Bachman, Inc.
Director: Joe Orlando Stuller, Inc.
Director: Soraya Cayen Soraya Cayen Collection
Past President: Eric Braunwart Columbia Gem House, Inc.

The AGTA Board of Directors holds elections on a rotating cycle in order to guarantee coherence of the Board's long-term plans. The AGTA Membership Meeting is open to all AGTA members and will be held Sunday, February 10, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Tucson Convention Center in the Spectrum of Design Ballroom.

The AGTA is an Association of natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry professionals, dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade. The Association pursues this mission through the combined use of educational programs, industry events and publicity to both the trade and consumer. We are The Authority in Color.