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Biggest Group Yet for RJO Next Gen Experience




(PRESS RELEASE) Oak Brook, IL (May 19 – May 21) – Setting aside time to continually learn about the industry and invest in yourself as an employee is not an easy task. It takes planning and drive. Last month, almost 40 members of RJO spent a weekend retreat at RJO Next Gen 2018. These three days were full of networking, idea sharing, and personal development exercises. RJO’s CEO Sarah Streb says, “This year’s turnout surpassed our already high goal for 2018. It’s incredibly reward- ing to see so many new faces each year.”

Co-facilitators Kate Peterson of Performance Concepts and Sam Centellas of Outsight Consult- ing made sure to keep the group moving both physically and mentally so they got the most out of the weekend. With topics that covered everything from communication styles to inventory man- agement, this whirlwind weekend ensured that attendees went back to their stores brimming with new ideas.

The next RJO Next Generation Experience is made possible by sponsorship from RDI Dia- monds, Ostbye, Stuller, Edge Retail Academy, Diamond Producers Association, Rarest Rainbow, and Federated Insurance.

In keeping with their commitment to further education of the industry, The RJO Foundation awarded over $2,000 total to six applicants in their Spring 2018 cycle. Past awardee Samantha Tupper of Wink’s Jewelry in Brookings, SD says, “I am so thankful to RJO and the RJO Founda- tion.” The RJO Foundation awards scholarships twice a year and is currently accepting ap- plications for the Fall 2018 cycle.

Biggest Group Yet for RJO Next Gen Experience

Biggest Group Yet for RJO Next Gen Experience




She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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