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Texas Jeweler Takes Circuitous Route Back to Family Business

A background in hospitality helps in luxury retail.




Chay Rees Runnels

Chay Rees Runnels has a family history in jewelry, a Ph. D. in forestry, a background in hospitality and a future in gemology. She teaches hospitality at Stephen F. Austin University, works at Rees Jewelry in Nacogdoches, TX, with her mom, Charlene Rees, and plans to pursue a graduate gemologist degree.



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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