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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jewelers of America Names Dave Bonaparte for Top Spot

David Bonaparte
The national trade association for fine jewelry retailers in the U.S. has tapped a jewelry industry veteran and the former manager of a competing tradeshow for its top post.

Jewelers of America said Sunday that it has named David Bonaparte as its president and CEO. He will succeed Matthew A. Runci when he retires at year’s end, after leading the trade association for 17 years. Bonaparte will work with Runci starting October 1, officially taking the helm on January 1, 2013.

Bonaparte was senior vice president of JCK Brands for Reed Exhibitions, a promotion that was granted a year ago. He has spent at least 16 years managing the JCK Las Vegas show and all of its affiliate tradeshows (such as Luxury at JCK and Swiss Watch at JCK) that were added over the years. JCK Las Vegas is one of largest and most important jewelry tradeshows in the world. Other jewelry shows directly under his watch include JCK Toronto and Luxury Privé, held in New York and Panama City. He was also the global leader for the jewelry portfolio at Reed Exhibitions worldwide. His responsibilities in recent years also included leading jewelry trade publication, JCK magazine.

Bonaparte is also an advocate in connection with issues and events affecting the jewelry industry. He was instrumental in helping Reed Exhibitions develop The JCK Industry Fund, which provides $400,000 annually to individuals, groups and associations that develop programs to benefit and promote the industry.

JCK Las Vegas also happens to be the major competitor to Jewelers of America tradeshow held twice a year in New York.

“Through a lengthy and thorough process, the committee selected Dave based on his proven leadership skills, knowledge of the industry and his vision for the future of the organization,” said JA board chair Georgie Gleim of Gleim the Jeweler. “We believe he will be a passionate leader for Jewelers of America, providing guidance and inspiration for JA’s Board of Directors and staff, while serving as a strong advocate for the association and the interests of its members.”

Bonaparte has been a supporter of the American Gem Society, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Jewelry Information Center, Jewelers Security Alliance, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and Women’s Jewelry Association. He has worked closely with JA and many state and regional jewelry associations as well as other retail organizations in a combined effort to develop programs designed to build membership.

JA said that Bonaparte will work to expand the association’s membership, strengthening the organization in terms of both influence and resources, while continuing its leadership role in public and industry affairs as an advocate for its members and the jewelry industry at large.

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