Douglas Hucker has stepped down as chief executive officer and executive director of the American Gem Trade Association. Hucker will continue to work for the association in an advisory capacity for the next six months. A statement issued by AGTA did not give a reason for the resignation.
Hucker served as AGTA CEO for the past ten years. The board of directors, in a statement, expressed its “profound appreciation” for Hucker’s service and for the role he has played in growing the stature and influence of AGTA, and in helping to firmly establish AGTA “as the most respected voice of the colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry.”
Hucker will be honored with the AGTA lifetime membership award at the 2008 AGTA GemFair Tucson dinner dance and awards gala. Ed Griffin, AGTA chief operating officer, will be the primary contact person for AGTA until a new CEO is announced.