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MJSA Appoints New Chair of Board of Directors

MJSA has elected Ann Arnold as chair of its board of directors.

Arnold, a CPA, currently serves as chief strategy officer of the Buyers Intelligence Group, a business merchandising consultancy focused on helping independent retailers analyze and plan their merchandise mix, as well as linking and networking them with their vendor partners. Prior to that, she served for more than 20 years as VP and later CEO of Lieberfarb, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of bridal jewelry.

As chair, Arnold says, she’d like to see “MJSA continue to bring its message to the manufacturing community, while also recognizing that the definition of ‘manufacturer’ now pertains to many retailers as well. Especially with the growth of customization at the retail level, the benefits and offerings of MJSA are today, more than ever, relevant to the industry as a whole.”

Arnold joined the MJSA board in 2006, and since 2010 has served on the association’s executive committee as first treasurer and then vice chair. Her contributions to the industry also include serving as president of the national board of directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association, president of the WJA Scholarship Foundation, a member of the executive board of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and treasurer of the 24 Karat Club of New York. Her honors include the distinguished Women’s Jewelry Association Award for Excellence in Manufacturing.

She succeeds Edward N. DeCristofaro, who served as MJSA chair since 2012 and is now chair of the MJSA Education Foundation.

In related news:

• MJSA appointed Steven A. Cippola, president of National Chain Group in Warwick, Rhode Island, to the position of vice chair on the association’s executive committee. Cippola joined the association’s board in 2012.

• Lee Krombholz, president of Krombholz Jewelers and Just Like You Designs in Cincinnati, was reappointed to a second three-year board term.

• John Antonacci, director of sales and marketing for Advanced Chemical Co. in Warwick, Rhode Island, was elected to the board for a three-year term.

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