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Since 1989, National Jeweler’s "Retailer Hall of Fame," has recognized jewelers who have inspired their peers and made significant contributions to jewelry retailing. See our past honorees below.


2018

 

Single-store independent

Dror and Helene Zadok, Zadok Jewelers, Houston, Texas

Multi-store independent

Cathy Tivol, Tivol, Kansas City, Missouri

Majors

Pam Mortensen, J. C. Penney, Dallas, Texas


2017

Single-store independent

John Henne, Henne Jewelers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Multi-store independent

Sissy Jones, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Majors

Jean-Christophe Bédos, Birks Group Inc., Montreal, Canada

*National Jeweler did not induct new members into the Retailer Hall of Fame in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016.

2012

Single-store independent

Fred Weber, Weber Jewelers, Kettering, Ohio

Multi-store independent

Tony Schiffman, Schiffman’s Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina

Majors

Larry Pelzel, Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas 

2011

Single-store independent

Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, D.C.

Multi-store independent

Lawrence Bock, Bachendorf’s Jewelers, Dallas, Texas 

Majors

Mark Light, Signet Jewelers, Akron, Ohio

2010

Single-store independent

Richard Eiseman Jr., Eiseman Jewels, Dallas, Texas

Multi-store independent

Robert Rottenberg, Long’s Jewelers, Burlington, Massachusetts

Majors

Jon Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, Washington

2009

Single-store independent

Vicki and Howard Cunningham, Cunningham Fine Jewelry, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Multi-store independent

Stephen Polacheck, Polacheck’s Jewelers, Calabasas, California

Majors

Beryl Raff, Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Missouri

2008

Single-store independent

Alfredo Molina, Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix, Arizona

Multi-store independent

Michael Pollak, Hyde Park Jewelers, Denver, Colorado 

Majors

H. Marvin Beasley, Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Missouri

2007

Single-store independent

Woody Justice, Justice Jewelers, Springfield, Missouri

Multi-store independent

Marc Fink, Fink’s Jewelers, Roanoke, Virginia

Majors

Michael Kowalski, Tiffany & Co., New York

2006

Single-store independent

Bill Sites Sr., Sites Jewelers, Clarksville, Tennessee

Multi-store independent

Georgie Gleim, Gleim the Jeweler, Palo Alto, California, and
R. Andrew Johnson, Diamond Cellar Holdings, Columbus, Ohio

Majors
John Cohen, Carlyle & Co., Greensboro, North Carolina

2005

Single-store independent

Howard Tapper, Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Multi-store independent

Marion Halfacre, Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, California

Majors

Jeffrey Comment, Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Missouri

2004

Single-store independent

Ellen Lacy, Lacy & Co., El Paso, Texas

Multi-store independent

John Green, Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, Connecticut

Majors

Robert Wexler, Tourneau, New York

2003

Single-store independent

Nick Greve, Carl Greve Jewelers, Portland, Oregon

Multi-store independent

Clayton Bromberg, Underwood Jewelers, Jacksonville, Florida

Majors

Ed Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, Washington

2002

Single-store independent

Carolyn Pope, Crews Jewelry, Grandview, Missouri

Multi-store independent

Lauren Kulchinsky, Mayfair Jewelers, Woodbury, New York

Majors

Terry Burman, Signet Jewelers, Akron, Ohio

2001

Single-store independent

Cosmo Altobelli, Altobelli Jewelers, Burbank, California

Multi-store independent

Terry Call, Call Jewelers, Boise, Idaho and Phoenix, Arizona

Majors

William R. Chaney, Tiffany & Co., New York

2000

Single-store independent

Lester Lampert, Lester Lampert, Chicago, Illinois 

Multi-store independent

Jeff Corey, Day’s Jewelers, Waterville, Maine

Majors

Randy McCullough, Samuels Jewelers, Austin, Texas

1999

Single-store independent

Al Solomon, Solomon Jewelers, Albertson, New York

Multi-store independent

Stanley Pollack, G. M. Pollack & Sons, Scarborough, Maine

Majors

Ralph Destino, Cartier, New York

1998

Single-store independent

Arnold Bockstruck, Bockstruck Jewelers, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Multi-store independent

Esther Fortunoff, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, Westbury, New York

Majors

Herbert Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, Washington

1997

Single-store independent

Susan Jacques, Borsheims, Omaha, Nebraska

Multi-store independent

Hank Siegel, Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton, New Jersey

Majors

Russell Cohen, Carlyle & Co., Greensboro, North Carolina

1996

Single-store independent

Mark Moeller, R.F. Moeller Jeweler, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Multi-store independent

James Clark, B. C. Clark Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Majors

Howard Sherwood, Daniel’s Jewelers, Culver City, California, and Robert Keller, Wedlo Inc., Birmingham, Alabama

1995

Single-store independent

Philip Minsky, Wyman Jewelers, Stoughton, Massachusetts

Multi-store independent

John Michaels, Michaels Jewelers, Waterbury, Connecticut

Majors

Nathan Light, Sterling Jewelers, Akron, Ohio

1994

Single-store independent

Sunny and Lenny Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers, Los Angeles, California

Multi-store independent

Alvin Fink, Fink’s Jewelers, Roanoke, Virginia

Majors

Juell Kadet, Rogers Enterprises, Matteson, Illinois

1993

Single-store independent

William Farmer Jr., Farmer’s Jewelry, Lexington, Kentucky

Multi-store independent

Robert Green, Lux Bond & Green, West Hartford, Connecticut

Majors

Dale Perelman, King’s Jewelry, New Castle, Pennsylvania

1992

Single-store independent

Mark Udell, London Jewelers, Glen Cove, New York

Multi-store independent

Lee Michael Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Majors

Alan Zimmer, Reeds Jewelers, Wilmington, North Carolina

1991

Single-store independent

William Underwood, Underwood’s Fine Jewelers, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Multi-store independent

Frank Maier, Maier & Berkele, Atlanta, Georgia

Majors

Leonard Littman, Littman Jewelers, Edison, New Jersey

1990

Single-store independent

Jerry Gause, Gause & Sons Jewelers, Ocala, Florida

Multi-store independent

Helene Fortunoff, Fortunoff, Uniondale, New York

Majors

Barnett Helzberg Jr., Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Missouri

1989

Single-store independent

Harold Tivol, Tivol, Kansas City, Missouri

Multi-store independent

Irving Getz, Mayor’s Jewelers, Miami, Florida

Majors

Robert Bridge, Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle, Washington
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