Mark Mann, a 40-year veteran of the jewelry industry, is the GIA senior director of Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts. Mark’s impressive background includes experience in jewelry retail, production manufacturing and manufacturing education environments. He works domestically and internationally planning, developing, implementing and evaluating GIA’s education programs, which serve local markets and target audiences alike. Mark has published numerous trade and technical articles, been a frequent industry speaker, and is the 2006 recipient of the Technology Award from the Santa Fe Symposium®. Mark is a returnee to this competition, having judged the first ever Saul Bell Design Award competition in 2001.