By Michelle Graff
Newport Beach, Calif.--Jeweler Black Starr & Frost has named former Erica Courtney CEO Adam Graham to the newly created role of vice president/managing director.

Black Starr&Frost has named industry veteran Adam Graham, who previously served as CEO of the Erica Courtney brand, as vice president/managing director.The jeweler said it is bringing Graham on board to help revitalize the brand as it focuses on expansion into key U.S. markets and introduces new collections and signature pieces.

Graham joins the company with extensive jewelry industry experience, most recently serving as CEO for jewelry designer Erica Courtney, where he oversaw all business operations for the brand and established a loose gemstone division to diversify the product base and boost revenues.

Prior to that, he was the marketing manager for the American Gem Trade Association; vice president of the Rapaport Group, overseeing all U.S. operations for the organization; and director of marketing and public relations for the American Gem Society. 

“Mr. Graham brings to our firm extensive experience in the industry, a deep passion for the brand and an enthusiasm to lead the team to the next chapter,” said Black Starr & Frost Chairman Alfredo Molina.

Black Starr & Frost was founded in 1810, originally opening as Marquand & Co. in New York City, and claims to be the oldest continuously operating jewelry firm in the U.S. 

A gemologist and jeweler, Molina acquired the Black, Starr & Frost brand in 2006 and opened its current office in Newport Beach, Calif. in 2011. 

The retailer announced in June that it will open a second store in Phoenix this fall.  

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