BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jo Tory, Director
Jo Tory is the Owner and Managing Director of fine silver jewellery house Najo. Jo has over 30 years' experience in the retail jewellery industry and is a passionate advocate for Australian jewellery design and manufacture. The inspiration for the Najo brand came from Jo's travels where she fell in love with the culture, art and architecture of Mexico. Jo continues to manage her successful brand by aligning her unique taste with her creative expression and communicating this by way of her strong marketing skills.
George Proszkowiec, Buying Group Director
George and his wife, Elizabeth acquired their first retail jewellery store in 1997 and opened their second store in 2000. George's parents purchased the original store in 1967 and George started his retail career while still at school. George was fortunate enough to receive some early jewellery training from his uncle, Henry Henc, and in 1974 he spent a year working on the bench with a Master Jeweller in Poland. In 1985, he completed a gemmology course and qualified as a registered valuer. George joined Showcase Jewellers buying group in 1988 and become a Showcase Jewellers director in 1997. George continues to bea director of Showcase, as well as a director of the NCJV NSW branch and a committee member of JAA NSW/ACT. George brings a wealth of experience to the JAA Board and enjoys supporting our great industry.
Karen Lindley, Supplier Director
Karen is a gemmologist and NCJV registered valuer with nearly 40 years’ industry experience. Her extensive career began as an opal dealer where she became Australia’s first female qualified gemmologist with a large wholesale opal business. Karen has served terms on the AGIA, OANG, JAA, Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Bravehearts boards and The Small Business Development Board (NSW Government) where she was appointed by the the Minister for Small Business for nine consecutive years. Karen’s skill set and her experience have ensured her boutique, Diamonds by Design has been resilient to market forces since 1982. She has a passion for micro/small business and is supportive of ensuring the Australian jewellery industry will continue to prosper - paving the way for the next generation of apprentices to work in a leading edge growth industry.
Cameron Marks, Director
Cameron is the Managing Director at Percy Marks Fine Gems, where he has held this position for the past 15 years. Cameron possesses extensive knowledge on the manufacture and design of fine jewellery as well as a passion for diamonds, coloured gemstones, and opals. Percy Marks was established in Sydney in 1899 and remains a family owned and run business. For over a century, they have shared their passion for the finest diamonds and gemstones with clients from Australia and around the world.
Ronnie Bauer, Retail Director
Ronnie has been working in the jewellery industry for nearly 40 years and is the fifth generation to be the custodian of one of Melbourne's oldest jewellery firms, Klepner’s. He is also one of the few jewellery and gemstone valuers for the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program and is an Honorary Life member of the Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA). Ronnie has served on the CIBJO International Coloured Stone Steering Commission and the jade and opal nomenclature committees and is on the Steering Committee for the introduction of a uniform pearl grading system.