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Harvey Wheeler O’Conor, Former Chairman of JBT, Dies at 81

He served the organization for 10 years.




Harvey Wheeler O’Conor

Harvey Wheeler O’Conor

(PRESS RELEASE) Harvey Wheeler O’Conor, former chairman of the Jewelers Board of Trade, has died at age 81.

The longtime industry veteran passed away on Jan. 25. O’Conor was elected to the JBT Board of Directors in 1999, serving the organization for 10 years.

O’Conor began his career in sales and financial positions for General Foods and Procter & Gamble. He was then employed in the electronics industry in Washington, District of Columbia. From 1975 to 1977, he was self-employed as an electronics consultant. In 1978 he purchased Findings Incorporated, Keene, NH and ran the company until being acquired by the General Findings division of LeachGarner, a wholly owned subsidiary of Richline Group Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 2012.

In addition to serving on the JBT Board as Chairman, Investment Committee member and Long-Range Planning Committee member, O’Conor was president of the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York and active in other industry organizations. In addition, he was a member of the Chief Executive Organization, The World Presidents Organization, and the Young President’s Organization as a member officer and director.

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Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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