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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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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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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

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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


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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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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