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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.

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Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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