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Jewelers of America Announces New Class of 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail

The annual list recognizes young professionals who best embody an ability to lead and innovate.




Jewelers of America Announces New Class of 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK, NY — Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, announced the 2024 recipients of the 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail list. Jewelers of America’s 20 Under 40 recognition program celebrates young professionals who exemplify leadership skills and a commitment to elevating jewelry retail for tomorrow’s jewelry consumers.

The recipients of the 20 Under 40 list are all under the age of 40 and employed by Jewelers of America Member retail stores. Despite having different job titles and various levels of experience, all of the recipients were selected by panel of industry judges for the ability to lead, innovate, and improve a jewelry store’s success while adhering to professional ethics.

“Jewelers of America is thrilled to welcome the next class of the 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail and shine a spotlight on the talented individuals in our Jewelers of America member stores nationwide. So many of these professionals are already trailblazing and leading our future forward and we look forward to being part of their journey,” says Jewelers of America president & CEO David Bonaparte.

Jewelers of America’s 20 Under 40 in Jewelry Retail List Class of 2024 recipients are as follows:

  • Milana Arsakhanova, Director of Sales at Bellman Jewelers, Manchester, NH
  • Grace Barretti, Sr. Marketing Manager at Greenwich St. Jewelers, New York, NY
  • Jesse Dikes, Store Manager, Boutique Director at Weston Jewelers Hard Rock – Hublot Hard Rock, Hollywood, FL
  • Jonathan Geller, President & CEO at D. Geller & Son, Atlanta, GA
  • Paula Gracia, Regional Director, R.J., (A.G.S.) at Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, WA
  • Bobbi K Hansen, G.G., Director of Merchandising at Fred Meyer Jewelers, Portland, OR
  • Ilsa Heinicke Huscher, Ecommerce Manager at Borsheims, Omaha, NE
  • William Jones IV, Co-Founder Jewelry Sales Academy, Chief Operating Officer at Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Viviana Langhoff, Fine Jewelry Designer and Founder at Adornment and Theory, Chicago, IL
  • Beau Maville, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Dutille’s Jewelry Design Studio, Lebanon, NH
  • Janina Messerlian, Vice President at Baxter’s Fine Jewelry, Warick, RI
  • Niki Novello, Graduate Gemologist at Cleveland Jewelry Designs, Lyndhurst, OH
  • Megan Piccione, Owner/President at Megan Piccione High Jewelry, Beachwood, OH
  • Marina Pilibosian Bozabalian, Vice President at Birmingham Jewelry, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Talon Rasmussen, Director of Manufacturing at Rasmussen Jewelers, Spanish Fork, UT
  • Sara Reisz Sargent, GIA Graduate Gemologist, Owner at Summerwind Jewelers & Goldsmiths, Portsmouth, NH
  • Amina Sorel, CEO/Founder at Amina Sorel Fine Jewelry, New York, NY
  • Alysa Teichman, Owner at Ylang 23 and Wildlike, Dallas, TX and New York, NY
  • Amelia Tuttle, Website Manager at Day’s Jewelers, Waterville, ME
  • Troy Underwood, Vice President at Underwoods Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville, AR.

Jewelers of America’s 20 Under 40 program is sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Group and Synchrony. For more information about each of the 20 Under 40 List recipients, visit here.




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