The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced that Matthew Tratner has been appointed global director of business development. Previously director of membership and sales at Jewelers of America and publisher of National Jeweler, Tratner will be responsible for expanding and deepening GIA’s relationships with retailers and other stakeholders.
“I am delighted to join the talented team at GIA,” said Tratner. “I look forward to taking on new challenges, creating opportunities and being part of GIA’s development and continued growth.”
Tratner has been in the jewellery industry for 15 years. His experience spans retail sales, e-commerce, publishing and marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Empire State College and an Accredited Jewelry Professional Diploma (AJP) from GIA. He will be based in New York City and report to Anna Martin, GIA senior vice president of global business development and beneficiation.
“Matt’s industry experience will play an invaluable role as we work to meet the needs of the gem and jewellery industry, and further our mission of ensuring the public trust,” said Martin. “We are thrilled to have him join our team.”