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ACS 2003: The Judges

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Penny Palmer

Penny Palmer is director of member services with the Independent Jewelers’ Organization (IJO). The IJO is a major buying group and service organization for its retail members. Penny brings new members into the organization, and helps existing members take advantage of the many services IJO offers to help increase their profits. (www.ijo.com)

Fred Michmerschuizen

Fred Michmerschuizen is director of marketing and communications for Jewelers of America (JA). As well as helping consumers make informed jewelry choices, JA helps members improve their business skills and profitability. (www.jewelers.org)

Roxanna A. Sway

Roxanna A. Sway is editor of  the award-winning Display & Design Ideas magazine. DDI was recognized for its award-winning coverage of the retail industry and retail design with five editorial awards last year. Sway is a professional member of the Institute of Store Planners (ISP), a multiple Store of the Year award winner, and an expert on retail design.

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Brett Weiler

Brett Weiler is the owner of last year’s “Coolest Store in America,” Decatur City Jewelers. Brett’s a master craftsman who admits he found it a challenge to judge others’ stores based on the Cool Store website: “Next time,” he says, “you’ll have to send me to all of them.”

Deborah Yonick

Deborah Yonick is a seasoned writer on jewelry, and writes a column for the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council as “The Jewelry Lady”. Check out her latest column at www.thejewelrylady.info.

This story is from the August 2003 edition of INSTORE

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Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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ACS 2003: The Judges

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The Judges

Penny Palmer

Penny Palmer is director of member services with the Independent Jewelers’ Organization (IJO). The IJO is a major buying group and service organization for its retail members. Penny brings new members into the organization, and helps existing members take advantage of the many services IJO offers to help increase their profits. (www.ijo.com)

Fred Michmerschuizen

Fred Michmerschuizen is director of marketing and communications for Jewelers of America (JA). As well as helping consumers make informed jewelry choices, JA helps members improve their business skills and profitability. (www.jewelers.org)

Roxanna A. Sway

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Roxanna A. Sway is editor of  the award-winning Display & Design Ideas magazine. DDI was recognized for its award-winning coverage of the retail industry and retail design with five editorial awards last year. Sway is a professional member of the Institute of Store Planners (ISP), a multiple Store of the Year award winner, and an expert on retail design.

Brett Weiler

Brett Weiler is the owner of last year’s “Coolest Store in America,” Decatur City Jewelers. Brett’s a master craftsman who admits he found it a challenge to judge others’ stores based on the Cool Store website: “Next time,” he says, “you’ll have to send me to all of them.”

Deborah Yonick

Deborah Yonick is a seasoned writer on jewelry, and writes a column for the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council as “The Jewelry Lady”. Check out her latest column at www.thejewelrylady.info.

This story is from the August 2003 edition of INSTORE

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SPONSORED VIDEO

When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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