As the saying goes, “There is strength in numbers.” In the case of both the North Carolina Jewelers Association and the South Carolina Jewelers Association, that certainly rings true. The NCJA and SCJA have announced that the Board of Directors for both state associations have agreed to form a two-year alliance in order to expand association member opportunities and streamline association functionality, effective July 1, 2017. “The NCJA and SCJA are the face and voice of the North Carolina and South Carolina jewelry industry,” says Jane Kirk, Executive Director of both associations. “Each of its members is a credible professional, viewed as leaders in the industry, and important to the industry as a whole.”
Members of both associations glean expertise and advice in fulfilling professional goals that are maximized through networking, events, professional development, information avenues, and supporting the Alliance’s mission statement:
“As independent, non-profit associations, engaged in non-competitive promotion of the North and South Carolina jewelry industry, the mission of our Alliance is to promote business success for NC and SC independent jewelers, protect each Associations’ assets, interests, good name and public trust, and to provide education, best practices, political voice, and networking opportunities for members.”
Forming this Alliance will involve a number of changes in the next few weeks. Kirk will take direction under collaboration from both association presidents, Brad Padgett of the NCJA and Mitch Embler of the SCJA. The associations will have one website, one membership directory, one newsletter, and one Facebook page. Both associations will retain their respective boards and will hold board meetings as individual associations. In addition, charity money raised by the Alliance will be donated in both parties’ names to whichever organization is designated at the time.