By Michelle Graff
Warwick, R.I.--Dione Kenyon, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade, announced that she will retire from the association in 2016, with a timeframe that’s dependent on when the organization can find a replacement.
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The association said that it has appointed search and transition committees to help guide it through the leadership changeover.

Kenyon has served as the president of the JBT for the last 14 years.

She has been with the organization for a total of 25 years, starting in 1991 as a board director.

With more than 40 years overall in leadership positions in credit, financing, and marketing mostly within the diamond and jewelry industry, Kenyon also has served on industry boards including the Women’s Jewelry Association, Gemological Institute of America, Jewelers Vigilance Committee and more.

“We thank Dione for her contributions to JBT and to our industry for the majority of her career,” said JBT Chairman of the Board Richard Weisenfeld. “Her passion and vision are evidenced in the strength of the organization she and the JBT staff have built, the depth and quality of services provided, and the reputation JBT has gained as a critical information source for tracking key industry metrics, as well as for specific credit data on over 30,000 companies.”

He added that during her time at the JBT, Kenyon moved the association to a 24/7 online information platform, modernized their credit reporting and rating systems, launched a mobile version of the JBT’s Red Book resource and leveraged JBT’s data more fully to provide robust statistics, state of the industry and trend reporting, custom research, and outreach.

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