PRESIDENT Current Occupation: Owner/Managing Director, NAJO
Jo Tory is the Owner and Managing Director of fine silver jewellery house, NAJO. Jo has over 30 years' experience in the 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
VICE PRESIDENT Current Occupation: Owner, Terrace Showcase Jewellers & Engima Jewellers
George has been involved with the jewellery industry, both in Australia and overseas, for more than 35 years. George and his wife, Elizabeth acquired their first retail jewellery store in 1997 and opened their second store in 2000. Both stores are located approximately two hours' drive north of Sydney.
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 to this day is still a director of Showcase Jewellers, as well as a director of NCJV NSW branch and a committee member of JAA NSW/ACT.
George brings a wealth of experience to the JAA Board including financial, managerial, marketing and corporate and enjoys supporting our great industry.
Ronnie Bauer, Retail Director
Current Occupation: Director, Klepner's
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.
Karen Lindley, Supplier Director
Current Occupation: Owner, Diamonds by Design
Karen Lindley is a qualified gemmologist and registered Valuer with nearly 40 years’ experience in the gem industry and has been a member of the JAA since 1985. Her extensive career began as an opal dealer where she became Australia’s first female qualified gemmologist with a large wholesale opal business. Previously she has served terms on the AGIA, OANG, JAA Boards. Non-industry Boards include the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Bravehearts and The Small Business Development Board (NSW Government) where she was reappointed by the Minister for Small Business for nine consecutive years. Karen’s business skill set and ability to strategise combined with her experience have ensured her boutique, Diamonds by Design in the Dymocks Building has been resilient to market forces since 1982. She has a passion for a fair go for micro/small business particularly within the gem industry and is supportive of ensuring the Australian jewellery manufacturing industry will continue and prosper again - paving the way for the next generation of apprentices to work in a leading edge growth industry.
Cameron Marks, Director
Current Occupation: Managing Director, Parcy Marks
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.