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No one in this generation has had a greater impact on the gem and jewelry industry than Bill Boyajian. In his 31-year tenure with the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the last 20 years as its President, he impacted the lives and careers of thousands of people and left a lasting legacy of leadership. He is largely credited for taking the Institute to its pre-eminent global position today.
When GIA’s Board of Governors needed a leader to take them into the future, they selected Boyajian at the age of only 34. When the U.S. Congress needed an expert to testify on the controversial conflict diamond issue, they called on Bill Boyajian. When business leaders were confronted with the threat of synthetics and treatments in gemstones, they rested confidently in the leadership that Boyajian would provide.
Arguably one of the most knowledgeable and sought-after leaders in the gem and jewelry industry, Boyajian now takes that expertise to new heights with the publishing of his book,
Developing the Mind of a Leader – Your Path to Lead and Inspire People. In it, he expresses his philosophy of leadership and shares principles and values that served him so well over a decorated 35-year career.
An internationally respected author, educator, speaker, and business coach, Boyajian consults for leading companies in the jewelry industry and is in demand as a keynote speaker by prominent groups from both within and outside the jewelry trade. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and the CEO Forum, and is on the Board of Directors of Top Hat, Inc. (DBA Be Iced Jewelry Evaluation Centers); Infocore, Inc., a list brokerage and management company; Outside the Bowl, a ministry to starving children around the world; and is Chairman of VeriChannel, LLC, The Search Engine of the Jewelry Industry, a company he helped found in 2010.
Bill is a proud member of: 24Karat Club of New York, 24Karat Club of Southern California, The CEO Forum, Jewelry Vigilance Committee, and the Women's Jewelry Association.
Boyajian resides in Carlsbad, CA with his wife, Joyce. They are active members of North Coast Church in Carlsbad and have two adult children, Rebecca and David. Boyajian enjoys golf, fishing, sports, gardening, bridge, writing, and speaking.