For over 20 years Ann Arnold ran Lieberfarb, a leading U.S. based designer and manufacturer of bridal jewelry, where she most recently served as CEO. She also serves as CFO of H. Arnold Wood Turning Inc., a premier supplier of quality wood products. Ann earned her CPA working at Deloitte, and tends to approach most business challenges from a numbers perspective, while keeping core business goals and values in mind. With proven strength in strategic planning, this industry veteran has the breadth of knowledge and the experience required to move companies forward in an increasingly competitive environment. Ann currently works with Buyers Intelligence Group and has created The BIG Network, an innovative and new way of doing business between retailers and their vendor partners. (www.bigjewelers.com)
"Personally, I have been very successful over the years in developing strong customer relationships, which have translated into significantly increased sales for my companies. I am also adept at implementing time management and organizational strategies that consistently serve to increase the bottom line. I am passionate about harnessing my experience to help clients achieve their goals and take particular pride in my ability to personalize my approach to each client’s specific needs."
Ann currently serves as the Chair of the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) and the treasurer of The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBC) and is a board member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She also is a board member of Mr. T's Carting, in NY. Ann is the former president of the National Board of Directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association and the WJA Scholarship Fund Board, and the former Chair of the Manufacturers Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA).
Ann is also the recipient of the distinguished WJA Award for Excellence in Manufacturing and along with her father, Mark Schonwetter, has won two Platinum Innovation Awards for Design. In 2016, Ann published her first book, Together: A Journey for Survival. Ann was awarded later that year by the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Heroes for Tolerance Award, for her lecturers and speeches on tolerance.