Spartanburg Local Louis Smith to Lead CEO Search Committee for Prestigious Nonprofit

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 15, 2016) – The American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit jewelry trade association dedicated to consumer protection, recently named Spartanburg local, Louis Smith, Certified Gemologist® (CG) as the head of a special CEO search committee. Smith is the owner of Smithworks Fine Jewelry in Spartanburg and the immediate past President of the Society’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Smith and his committee are responsible for finding a replacement for the current CEO of the AGS and AGS Laboratories, Ruth Batson, who is retiring in 2017.

Louis Smith

Louis Smith

In addition to heading up the CEO search, Smith was recognized at the Society’s Annual Conclave in Washington, D.C. this past spring, for his years of dedication to the AGS and its Board of Directors.

“Louis is a revered jewelry professional and was a highly-effective president for our association,” says Ms. Batson. “The AGS is in good hands with him spearheading the search for our next CEO.”

The American Gem Society has a rich history of excellence. For over 80 years, AGS has awarded credentials to members who uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in the jewelry industry; to maintain their titles, the members must also pass an annual recertification exam.  Louis Smith originally received his CG title in 2001 and continues to uphold and recertify his credentials on an annual basis.  In 2004, AGS elected Smith to the Society’s Board of Directors.  After serving over twelve years on the AGS Board in various positions, his two year presidential term concluded in April 2016. The search committee is his latest achievement inside the organization. It is a task Smith is glad to handle, given his advocacy and passion for the AGS.

“In our fully-connected society, transparency and consumer protection are of the upmost importance for sustaining a strong and reputable business,” states Louis. “It was an honor to lead an organization dedicated to adhering to the strictest code of ethics to ensure consumer confidence in the merchandise we sell and the people within our store. I urge consumers to understand how important it is to purchase jewelry from a reputable company.”


Opened by Louis Smith, CG, in 1988, Smithworks Fine Jewelry is Spartanburg, South Carolina’s premier jeweler with a wide selection of engagement, anniversary, designer and estate jewelry as well as timepieces.  The new 5,000 square foot store in downtown Spartanburg features state-of-the-art design, high-tech lighting, bamboo flooring and the finest customer service available.  For over 25 years, Smith and Smithworks have continued to uphold the highest ethical and professional reputation, all the while exceeding customer expectations and helping each to celebrate the most important occasions of their lives.

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the highest ethical and professional standards in the industry and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.


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