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Count the Benefits

Jewelers ask . . . “Why should I join the Oklahoma Jewelers Association?"


Let us count the ways that OJA is the association for Oklahoma’s independent retail jewelers!

Professional Networking:  Professionals in all phases of the jewelry industry agree that networking is an essential element of success -- a key element to advance yourself and your business. The OJA is an exceptional resource for jewelers in every facet of the retail jewelers business to interact with their peers.  Sales associates, bench jewelers, store owners and managers can expand and strengthen their resources through the functions of OJA.  

  • Active membership in the association opens the door to meet new industry professionals and learn new information and ideas. 

  • Active membership accentuates your image as a professional jewelers.

The OJA provides a Forum:  Retailers, sales representatives, and manufacturers use the OJA to exchange vital information and new ideas. This networking opportunity has been found to be invaluable by some of the state’s and the industry's most successful professionals.

Educational Programs:  Knowledge is the proven road to success! 

  • Increase your knowledge and your standing as a professional jeweler. 

  • Broaden your understanding of a variety of industry topics through the association’s seminars, workshops and round table discussions.

  • Participate in workshops lead by nationally recognized industry presenters and trainers.

  • Sit around tables with state and regional jewelers and discuss anything and everything that an independent jeweler might consider important or timely.

Membership Directory:  Have a question, a problem or just need to talk shop with someone who understands the challenges of being an independent retail jeweler in the state of Oklahoma?  The annual membership directory provides the names and contact information on all OJA member jewelers – and they are eager to offer options, alternatives and opinions.  

OJA’s Quarterly Newsletters:  Read the association’s quarterly newsletter and be in the know about jewelry industry trends and activities in the state and the region.   OJA encouraged members to submit articles, information, opinions, advertisements and items of interest for publication.  

Activities:  The OJA provides a social forum for its members to network and socialize.  Often times the unplanned social events that are on every OJA meeting agenda are the innovative encounters that start the creative juices flowing and produce just the change you’ve been needing.

Incalculable Value:  There is strength in numbers.  Make your voice heard.  The association is an advocate of members concerns.  It provides members with security updates and a united voice with area law enforcement agencies. 

 Oklahoma Jewelers Hall of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement Award History

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There shall be no required interval of time by which persons are nominated or selected for the OJA Lifetime Achievement Award and the hall of Fame.  Recognition and induction shall be made only when it has become apparent to those within the industry that such recognition is both merited and appropriate.
                   The Awards Committee, 1997

 

Hall of Fame

Persons immortalized in the Oklahoma Jewelers Association Hall of Fame are those individuals who have contributed supremely to the jewelry industry in Oklahoma and who, by heir unselfish dedication and professionalism, have established the traditions and standards by which others are measured.


Lifetime Achievement Award

One of the highest honors a person may hope to attain in life is the respect and admiration of one’s peers.  The jewelry industry in Oklahoma proudly recognizes the men and women of the OJA Hall of Fame as persons of outstanding standards of character and ethics.  Through both service and example, they have left a legacy that has become the life blood of the jewelry industry in Oklahoma today.  We are in their debt.

Oklahoma Jewelers Association Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
 

The OJA “Hall of Fame in 1997.  The jewelers who have been recognized, and who are members of the hall are listed below in the order they were inducted.  The first three recipients (reading left to right) were recognized posthumously.


B.C. Clark, Sr.-1997        

F.L. Kelley,-1997

Ernest L. Moody, II-1997        

B.C. Clark, Jr.-1997

Jack Norvell-1998        

Thelma Zellers-1998

Seymour Marcum-1998        

Mel Klar-2000

David Kelly-2002      

Jim C. Clark-2003

Howard Cunningham-2004        

Gil Davidson-2006

Sharon Blair-2006        

Bill Blair-2006

Lane Roberds-2007        

Bob Carroll-2009

Vicki Cunningham-2011      

Jason Jarnagin-2017

Paul Minton-2019