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New England Chapter




Mission Statement

The New England Chapter of IPMI supports regional precious metals businesses including the jewelry and related industries, manufacturers, refiners, suppliers, and financiers.

It focuses on providing timely and educational information on topics including precious metals markets, environmental and regulatory updates, security and control, insurance, ownership structures, industry history and trends, and the economy.

It also supports local college programs and encourages and rewards students seeking entry into the jewelry industry. IPMI NE's Jewelry Design Awards is an annual event which showcases and recognizes the wealth of talent, design, technical and manufacturing skills of students participating in jewelry and metalsmithing curriculms.

IPMI New England, P.O. Box 9426, Providence, RI 02940


Advanced Chemical
Argo Advisors
Assay on Wheels
Auramet Trading Co.
Basden Risk Management
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Brink's Global Services USA, Inc.
CNT, Inc.
Colt Refining Inc.
Computer Associates, Inc.
Cookson Materials Product Group
Del Greco Coins Inc.
Dillon Gage Metals
DiSanto Priest & Company
Gannon & Scott, Inc.
Geib Refining Inc.
Glines & Rhodes, Inc.
Hereaus Metals NY
Inspectorate America Corp.
IPMI Metro New York Chapter
Jewelers Board of Trade
Johnson Matthey
Kelley Metals Corp.
Loomis International
Manfra Tordella & Brookes, Inc.
MasterMelt Metal Management, LLC
Material Sampling Technologies, LLC
Materials Management Co.
Metalor Technologies USA
Ohio Precious Metals
Pease & Curren
Professional Security Services
QML, Inc.
Rand Refinery, Ltd.
Reliable Silver, Inc.
TRP Associates, LLC
United Precious Metal Refining

Pat Gannon

Michael Mooiman

Past President
John king
Mike Mikolay
Linda Kenerson

Assistant Treasurers

John Regan

Donna Kiesel


Board of Directors
Tim Coggins

Vik Kundu

Peter Marion

Paige Jones

Samantha Uminski



Chapter News

NE Chapter Board Openings 
Interested in Participating in your Local Chapter? Please consider joining the Board. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting in May. Service is for a three year period.

Contact a Board Member with questions or to express your interest.



2017 IPMI NE Chapter Report
The New England Chapter had another successful year. Its membership and special corporate sponsorships provide a stable base ensuring the chapter’s financial viability. Much of our Chapter’s success comes from having a dedicated and active Board. The board extends its gratitude for the ongoing support of our special sponsors, chapter members and supporters. All of their generosity contributed to another successful year. Additional to hosting networking opportunities for industry colleagues we strive to provide meaningful educational sessions to our members. These meeting sessions are typically scheduled for October, January and March of the program year. The fall meeting membership drive / networking event had a near capacity crowd attending at “Iron Works Tavern” which is quickly becoming a favorite venue. This year’s winter program, hosted at Wannamoisett Country Club, was a comprehensive presentation by Tim Murray, Global Sales Director, Johnson Matthey. A large crowd attended for his topic on PGMs - “Platinum & Palladium - Market Sentiment vs. Fundamental Outlook”. Our spring (March) event was cancelled due to the much hyped 2017 version of Snowmageddon. The scheduled presentation by Frank Motta, CAI Associates, on the timely topic of Cyber Security. The much awaited “Social Engineering Survival Guide – Combatting the Five Cybersecurity Scams Your Employees Still Fall For.” will be presented at a later date next season. Programs such as these could not occur without the support of IPMI International and our chapter’s Special Sponsors, Members and Supporters. The chapter’s May meeting doubles as both the annual members meeting and our Jewelry Design Competition Awards (JDA) night. Two board members whose terms expired were reelected – Donna Kiesel of Gannon & Scott and John Regan of HSBC. Newly elected was Samantha Uminiski of Metalor. Mike Mooiman of Franklin Pierce University was welcomed back from sabbatical. In April, long term board member and current year president Kim Michalik left the NE chapter board and the industry. Her focus and positive attitude will be missed. Also noted was the passing of Paul Austin a long time industry participant and past multi-term chapter board member. For the 27th consecutive year the New England Chapter continued to reward students in the jewelry industry for their original wearable and marketable precious metals pieces. This year our chapter awarded over $13,350 in scholarships and grants to students and schools. We are proud to announce that Catherine Rubery of Rhode Island College won the Carol Tyler Memorial Award and top prize of $2,500. There were two repeat winners from prior years, Leah Holmes and Chloe Leigh. Leah was also a multiple award winner this year. Avery Lucas and Julian De La Garza, prolific award winners while students, returned as judges. In addition to participating in the general judging, they (solely) selected the recipient of the chapter’s Alumni Artist Award. We are pleased that RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) returned as a participant; winning the Alumni Artist Award after an extended hiatus. The top six entries also received plaques: the Carol Tyler Memorial Award, the IPMI Chairman’s Award (sponsored by IPMI), the Richard Casey Memorial Award, the IPMI New England Chapter Award, the Alumni Artist Award and the Award for Technical Merit. Four Honorable Mention awards were issued. All students also receive award certificates for their portfolio. All (5) participating schools received a grant, based upon level of participation, to directly support their qualifying programs. IPMI’s President, JP Rosso, Chairman, Jon Potts and the Executive Committee continued the organization’s generous financial and logistical support. More importantly, IPMI continues to provide encouragement for our chapter’s ongoing focus further benefiting the institutions, programs and students. The chapter is ever grateful for IPMI’s commitment to the New England chapter’s program, educational initiatives and fulfillment of mission. Attendees to our 27th Jewelry Design Awards (JDA) had the opportunity to meet participating students, their parents and professors, and to hear about the truly positive impact of our program. They communicated the importance of the program beyond its financial rewards. The acknowledgment and recognition of their works and efforts provides tangible encouragement. The students attending get an opportunity to receive awards, speak about their creations and are honored in front of their professors, peers and parents. Their work appears in an Awards night brochure and displayed on an electronic overhead throughout the evening. Ultimately photos of the award winning pieces appear in IPMI’s conference newsletter. Professors are able to leverage IPMI’s support within their institutions. We repeated the fixed price sale of winning pieces and the raffle of several honorable mentions affording attendees an opportunity to acquire unique, one-of-a-kind pieces by budding artisans. Proceeds are reinvested into funding next year’s program and prizes. Kudos to the Jewelry Design Committee, co-chaired by Donna Kiesel and Paige Jones, and to the students who participated, the professors who help maintain the quality of the entries over the years, and to the judges who again had difficult choices to make in the competition with so many excellent pieces of work. Undoubtedly, with IPMI’s support, the table has been set for continued institutional expansion and increased student participation. At our first Board meeting of the 2017 – 2018 season, in June, officers will be elected, committees formed, members functions and board meetings scheduled. Responsibilities for educational programs, speakers and venues will also be assigned. We encourage input, feedback and invite anyone interested to become a member, supporter, sponsor or director of the Chapter. Respectfully submitted by: JOHN John H. King, Interim President, IPMI New England Chapter June 11, 2017


Calendar of Events

IPMI NE Dinner Meeting March 15th,

  Thursday March 15 at Wannamoisett  CC in Rumford RI









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