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ACS 2010: Judges and Methodology

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Bess Anderson is director of Visual Strategy for Chute Gerdeman Retail, a strategic retail design and branding company in Columbus, OH. Anderson helps clients develop and interpret business objectives into visual concepts through merchandise presentation, store layout and design. chutegerdeman.com


Patti David holds a graduate gemologist degree from the GIA. She and her designer husband, Zoltan, own Zoltan David in Bee Cave, TX, which won the 2009 America’s Coolest Stores Small Cool division. zoltandavid.com


Sarah Graham is a San Francisco-based jewelry designer who pioneered the use of blackened metal in fine jewelry. Her award-winning designs are collected by celebrities and carried in more than 140 locations, spanning from jewelry galleries to traditional jewelry stores. sarahgraham.com


Wendy Furrer is a freelance journalist who lives in New York City. She formerly reported on-air for CNBC’s High Net Worth program, where she covered fashion and beauty trends, food and wine, travel, the luxury market and more. wendyfurrer.com


Gurhan is an international jewelry designer renowned for his revival of pure 24K gold jewelry. He showcases his passion for unusual metals, not only with gold, but with pure platinum, silver, bronze and most recently with his revolutionary new 4/24 gold. gurhan.com


Jean Philippe Meunier started NK newlook, a store fixture design and manufacturing company for the retail industry, in 1999 with business partner Bob Nottin. Based in Hialeah, FL, NK newlook has worked with high-profile brands like Pandora, Rolex, Mont Blanc, Christian Dior, and Estee Lauder. nknewlook.com

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Wolfgang Möckel founded KWM Exclusives in 1994. Based in Miami Beach, FL, the branding specialist provides service for worldwide brands seeking to develop a U.S. presence. kwmexclusives.com


Ken Nisch is chairman of JGA, a global leader in brand strategy and retail design based in Southfield, MI. JGA has built its reputation by assisting retailers and brands in realizing their visual marketing potential and attaining leadership within their niche. jga.com


Kate B. Peterson is president and CEO of Performance Concepts, a leading sales and management consultancy for U.S. retail jewelers based in Canton, OH. She is also the author of INSTORE’s Real Deal monthly feature. performanceconcepts.net


Candy Udell and her husband Mark joined the family-owned London Jewelers in Manhasset, NY, in 1973. London won the 2009 America’s Coolest Stores Big Cool division. londonjewelers.com


George Whalin is the founding partner of Retail Management Consultants based in Carlsbad, CA. He is a well-known author whose newest book is Retail Superstars: Inside The 25 Best Independent Stores in America. He is also a highly sought-after speaker for trade shows, conferences and corporate events. whalinonretail.com

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