PRESIDENT Current Occupation: Managing Director, Brandt Marketing Pty Ltd
Elected to the JAA Board in 2003, Selwyn served as a committee member of the NSW branch for more than sixteen years and is currently President. He was educated in South Africa and following studies in commerce and marketing, established a jewellery supply business. He has more than thirty years of industry experience and upon migrating to Australia in 1987, began working as a manager for House of Jewellery. Purchasing the business in 1996 has been a career highlight, as well as earning a seat on the JAA Board. In 2014, House of Jewellery merged with Australian Jewellers Supplies. He has always believed he should give something back to the industry that has provided him with a living and in doing this; he hopes to create positive change.
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.
Brett Bolton, Director
Current Occupation: Director, Bolton Gems
Brett Bolton is the Managing Director of a third generation family business trading as Bolton Gems. Bolton Gems are cutters and wholesalers of precious and semi-precious gems and a stunning collection of finished jewellery.
Brett began his career and interest in the industry at 17, working as a repair technician at a chain jewellery store and quickly progressed to become Area Manager in this field. In 1995, Brett joined the family business working in internal sales and as a Sales Representative. This role equipped Brett with a wealth of information and experience and in 2007 he took the reins from his father.
Bolton Gems introduced branded products to the business in the year 2000, and transitioned the business from a diamond merchant to a diamond and marketing merchant. Brett very much believes that selling diamonds is a lot more than trading a commodity. This enthusiasm led to the launch of the incredibly successful brand, Australian Chocolate Diamonds, where Brett began purchasing diamond rough and worked with his cutting factory to produce scintillating brown diamonds- a treasure produced to exceptional standards that were unseen before this time.
Today Brett and his wife Dee manage the office in Brisbane with 18 staff that work towards the same goal that has remained consistent throughout the generations of owners- to provide outstanding service and produce a superior product that is guaranteed to be as described.
Frank Salera, Retail Director
Current Occupation: Joint Managing Director, Salera's Jewellers
Frank started in the jewellery business as a student working part time in his father’s 2 stores in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from Monash University and was admitted as a lawyer in 1984. He joined the family business in 1985 and managed the newly opened Swanston Street store. He now acts as Joint Managing Director for the family owned group of 22 stores. Frank has been involved in all aspects of the jewellery business and now specialises in premium jewellery purchases, human resources and leasing. He has attended meetings of the JAA Retail Council and JAA meetings of Major Australian Jewellers since 2001. Frank feels that he can share some of his 30 years of experience in assisting other jewellery retailers, particularly in the areas of leasing and human resources.
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.
Jo Tory, Co-Opted Director
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 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.