Anna Martin vividly recalls her first impressions of the jewelry industry. "What struck me deeply was the importance of personal integrity and how a handshake carried more weight than complex weighty agreements," said the president of the Women’s Jewelry Association. "This legacy of integrity and honor is still very much alive today."

Martin, who was elected the seventh president of the WJA last year, is no stranger to the jewelry industry. As senior vice president and North American regional manager for ABN AMRO Bank in Manhattan, Martin is in charge of the bank’s diamond, jewelry and precious metals division and is widely credited for diversifying its portfolio to include jewelry manufacturers and retailers, boosting its diamond lending and establishing gold leasing capacities at the bank. Today, ABN AMRO is a leading international bank providing financing to the jewelry industry.

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