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Plumb Club Introduces New Executive Officers and Board Members

Joining the board will be Ray Mastoloni of Mastoloni Pearls and Alok Mehta of IDD.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — At its most recent General Membership meeting, members of The Plumb Club voted on board positions, re-electing some current members, and bringing on new leadership. Below is the list of changes:

  • Sam Sandberg of A.Jaffe, a brand founded in 1892, rich in heritage and still standing for the same superior standards of quality and trust that it did over 128 years ago, will become the new president of The Plumb Club. Sandberg, formerly vice president, will succeed Michael Lerche of Goldstar Jewellery, who had reached his term limit but will remain in the board as a past president.
  • Roger Forman of Marathon Company, a third-generation family business founded in 1897, and the leading manufacturer of children’s jewelry in the US, will assume the role of vice president, leaving his role as treasurer.
  • Corinna Bhasin of FD Worldwide Merchandise Group, a leading fine jewelry merchandising and manufacturing supply partner to major jewelry retailers worldwide, will assume the role of treasurer, leaving her role as secretary.
  • Kevan Peck of Color Merchants/Brevani, a company founded in 1987 that has garnered a reputation for unmatched quality and customer service within the industry, has been elected to take on the position of secretary.
  • Victor Weinman of Original Designs/ODI, a company celebrating over 60 years in the jewelry industry as a trusted source for diamond bridal and fashion jewelry, will remain in his position as The Plumb Club Pavilion chair.

Joining the board will be Ray Mastoloni of Mastoloni Pearls and Alok Mehta of IDD. They join current board members Kristie Nicolosi of The Kingwood Company. Pranav Shay of KGS Jewels, and A.J. Tosyali of Benchmark Wedding Rings.

Leaving the board after reaching his term limit is Roopam Jain of Renaissance Global.



When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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