b'GEM AWARD FORLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTEd BridgeED BRIDGE is the Chairman Emeritus of Ben Bridge Jeweler, Inc., a family managed retail jewelry business founded in Seattle in 1912. Ed is receiving theGEMAwardforLifetimeAchievementforsettingastandardof excellence that has inspired his company and industry colleagues.Ed helmed Ben Bridge Jeweler with his cousin Jon as President & co-CEO from 1990-2017 and acted as Chairman & CEO from 2018-2019. In 2000, he guided the company through its acquisition by Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway, leading to greater growth and expansion for the Ben Bridge brand.Thecompanynowhasover90storesthroughouttheWestern United States and Canada. Ed has contributed to the excellence and ethics of the jewelry industry throughouthiscareer.Hehasgivenbackthroughserviceonseveral boardsincluding:JewelersforChildren(PastBoardChair),Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Seattle Victims Fund(PastBoardChair)andtheUniversityofWashingtonTYEEBoard ofAdvisors.DuringhistimeasBoardChairofJewelersofAmericain 1999-2001,hehelpedtheassociationadvanceresponsiblebusiness practices related to the sourcing and sale of diamonds during its advocacy for the Clean Diamond Trade Act.He was inducted into the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame in 2003 and was awarded the American Gem Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, along with the Bridge family.Ed and his wife Pam of 40 years have two children, Marc and Lisa, who are also in the jewelry industry. A native Washingtonian, he has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.14 18TH ANNUAL GEM AWARDS'